Chapter meets with Senators Coons and Carper about tar sands, and more
On September 4th and 5th our staff and volunteers, which included Gail Heath, Stephanie Herron, Tricia Herron, John Irwin, Coralie Pryde, Amy Roe and Lemir Teron, met with the staff of Senator Coons and Senator Carper to advocate for environmental protection. We asked the Senators to:
Tar Sands: We asked Senators Carper and Coons to oppose tar sands imports into the United States from Canada, and to slow the development of this dangerous fuel. We asked them to (1) publicly speak out about the perils of toxic tar sands and encourage a transition to clean energy solutions; (2) oppose efforts to transport tar sands by pipeline and rail into the United States, the Northeast, and Delaware; and (3) to work to insure that the Delaware City Refinery is held to state and federal environmental laws, no longer operates under expired permits, and engages in a transparent and robust public review process for their expansion project.
Fracking: We asked Senators Carper and Coons to eliminate the loophole in the 2005 Energy Policy Act that exempts fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act. We asked them to publicly support the FRAC Act through becoming a co-sponsor, and to work with all the resources of their offices to insure that the FRAC Act becomes law.
Toxic Chemicals: We asked Senators Carper and Coons to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act to require safety testing of all industrial chemicals. The Safe Chemicals Act puts the burden on industry to prove that chemicals are safe in order to get on or stay on the market. We asked them to publicly support the Safe Chemicals Act through becoming a co-sponsor, and to work with all the resources of their offices to insure that the Safe Chemicals Act becomes law.
Deepening the Delaware River: We asked Senators Carper and Coons to reassess their support for the deepening of the Delaware River, and to oppose this project. The Government Accountability Office’s 2002 and 2010 reports are highly critical of the Army Corps of Engineers’ plans, and the environmental impacts of deepening on the environment and endangered species are serious. Deepening is a waste of taxpayer money, and we asked the senators to work with all the resources of their offices to insure federal funds are not used to deepen the Delaware River.