Pictured above are Foster Hardiman, intern, Sierra Club; J.R. Tolbert, Assistant Director for Legislation
and Development, Sierra Club; Kristen Hughes Evans, Virginia Staff Scientist, CBF; Ann Jurczyk, Virginia
Outreach and Advocacy Manager, CBF; and, Ann Jennings, Virginia Executive Director, CBF. This group
hand-delivered 7000 letters to Virginia Governor McDonnell encouraging the state to write a better WIP.
lobbied state and federal officials, holding
In the end, our efforts and the EPA’s threat
of serious consequences resulted in significant improvements to the state plans. These
plans will require pollution to be reduced
from all sectors.
“It is clear, however, that the hardest work is
still to come. The states and the District of
Columbia must implement the plans through
new laws, regulations, funding, and enforcement, and EPA must hold all jurisdictions
accountable,” CBF President Will Baker said.
We believe the Bay TMDL issued reflects a
historic change in how government will
restore and protect the Bay’s living
resources, fishing and tourist industries, and
hundreds of thousands of jobs that rely
upon clean water in the region. Fully implemented, this TMDL and the updated state
plans will nurse the Bay back to health.
The next bellwether of this commitment will
be how well the states achieve their 2011
milestone goals. Progress in meeting those
goals, set in 2009, will measure both how
serious the jurisdictions view their commitments, and whether EPA will stand strong
and impose consequences for failure.
Over the next year, the states and District of
Columbia will be developing “Phase 2” WIPs
that will detail how pollution reductions will
be achieved at the local level.
The settlement agreement between CBF and
EPA also requires EPA to develop a monitoring and tracking program that is publicly
accessible and details how effectively the
TMDL is being implemented.
That’s important because a promise is only a
promise and a plan is just a plan. We’ve seen
both—in 1983, 1987, and 2000. We like
what we’re hearing this time and we’re hopeful about what we’re seeing. But we will
No one disputes the need for clean, efficient
energy resources right here at home. The
Marcellus Shale formation—lying beneath
parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Virginia, and West Virginia—holds huge supplies of cleaner-burning natural gas.
The debate about drilling in the Marcellus
Shale is heating up. Drilling advocates claim
the process is safe, but a number of scientists
and public health experts have called the
claim into question.
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Of concern are drinking water contamination;
habitat and forest fragmentation; water withdrawal; management and treatment of waste
water; costly stress on roads, bridges, and
other infrastructure; and the siting of drill
pads on pristine public lands.
CBF is working at the state and federal levels
to ensure protection of the region’s water
and air resources. On January 21st, for
example, CBF was one of a 24-member
coalition that sent a letter to President
Obama imploring him to comprehensively
evaluate the risks, strengthen regulatory
safeguards, invest in oversight of the industry, and insure drilling is not permitted near
sensitive areas or drinking water sources.
Natural gas holds tremendous energy and
economic promise. It also could create the
next environmental catastrophe if not done
right. CBF is keeping a close eye on this issue.
uTo read the letter to President Obama, visit