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Video – Our Air Our Lives: We Shall Not Be...

From "Water is life. Protect it." "On September 11, 2018 the community resisting the MVP & ACP fracked gas pipelines in Virginia spoke out against...

Virginia State Legislators File Comments Urging State Water Control Board to Conduct...

From Del. Mark Keam's office, the following is great to see...the letter in particular is superb, really don't see how anyone can disagree with...

New Report: Virginia Drinking Water Threatened by Atlantic Coast and Mountain...

From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Report: Virginia Drinking Water Threatened by Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines With new analysis on groundwater threats and...

Gov. Northam Announces Additional Powers To Protect Virginia’s Clean Water; Now...

From Gov. Northam's office; this is good but not nearly sufficient. Gov Northam needs to take a strong stand, right now, against both the...

“WATER IS LIFE RALLY AND CONCERT” IN RICHMOND DEC. 2

By Denise Robbins, Communications Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network It’s time for the biggest public rally ever organized against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley...

Virginia River Healers Give Perriello, Fairfax, Rossi Their Top Ratings for...

by Virginia River Healers On June 13th, Virginia Democratic voters will have the ability to put a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and numerous Delegates on the...

Loudoun County Democrats deliver for neighbors in West Virginia

300,000 West Virginians are without clean water to drink or use, thanks to an environmental disaster. In response to this need, and after consultation with Red Cross officials in West Virginia, the Loudoun County Democratic Committee purchased and delivered a truck of bottled water to Charleston, WV today. This effort is being done with the gracious financial support of the LCDC, the ADAMS Center, and the Jennifer Wexton for State Senate Campaign. The LCDC is also accepting contributions in order to expand this effort through this donation page.

"This is a terrible situation," said LCDC Chair Valerie Suzdak, "and I'm just glad we have so many caring people in our community who are willing to step up when their fellow Americans are in need. I am sincerely grateful to everyone who is giving their time, money, and energy to help alleviate the suffering of our neighbors in West Virginia."

Any extra money collected beyond the costs of the water and truck will be donated to the Red Cross - West Virginia Region (http://www.redcross.org/wv/charleston).

Though the LCDC coordinated the effort, this work to help our neighbors has been conducted in an expressly non partisan fashion. The LCDC welcomes the help of any interested members of the community.  

Is clean water a thing of the past for those in...

Cross-posted from Article XI

Clean water is something that many of us take for granted. However, imagine for a  minute that your drinking water comes from a source where toxics regularly find their way into. Moreover, imagine that those responsible for making sure your drinking water is safe for consumption have relinquished their duties for complex political reasons.

While many such examples exist throughout the U.S., there's one particular example in VA around the Blacksburg area where a recent meeting called by the Environmental Advocates of the New River Valley met to discuss their options for confronting this issue.

The RAAP (Radford Arsenal) has been cited by the EPA for a number of environmental violations, violations which constitute a health risk to those drinking from water sources where RAAP toxics eventually make their way. Unfortunately, some of the toxics make their way into the New River via its estuaries and possibly into the drinking water of thousands of Roanoke residents.

To date, it doesn't appear like much has been done to tackle the problem on the part of the EPA, the VA Department of Environmental Quality or any of VA's relevant elected officials like Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner or Congressman Cantor.  

Chap Petersen’s Opponent Attacks Him for Protecting Community from Polluted Water

What do Republicans have against clean water, anyway? Do they all have something against it? Sometimes you'd think so, given the ongoing anti-environmental assault by teahadists in Congress. Closer to home, check out the following press release from the Chap Petersen for Senate reelection campaign for yet another example of this phenomenon. In this case, we have another apparently fanatic, anti-environment, extreme Teapublican candidate opposing a crucial environmental law, one that passed the Virginia Senate AND House unanimously (and was signed by Gov. McDonnell), that was totally non-controversial, and that clearly needed. Why is she opposing it? Because she claims it "was using environmental laws to shut down a local business." This is, frankly, nuts. By Culipher's "reasoning" (to use the word VERY loosely), if a corporation wanted to dump nuclear waste and coal sludge in the middle of your neighborhood, any effort to oppose that would be going against business and should be opposed. I mean, seriously, where do Republicans FIND these crazy candidates?!? Anyway, I'm just glad that Chap Petersen's in the State Senate, and that he's likely to be reelected (overwhelmingly, if his opponent is really this extreme) in a few weeks. Go Chap!
A Clear Choice: Chap Petersen for Fairfax

Culipher attacks Petersen for standing up to the owners of the Pickett Road Tank Farm, saying, "It's not the role of the legislature" to protect our communities from a known environmental polluter.

Vienna, VA- At Thursday's debate at American Legion Post 177 in the Town of Vienna, Republican challenger Gerarda Culipher criticized Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) for bringing legislation to clean up the Pickett Road Tank Farm, which has been a continuing source of petroleum spills and water contamination for the past twenty years.

"I'm proud to have stood up to the owners of the Pickett Road Tank Farm for their disregard for our families, our waterways and Fairfax, because legislation that I sponsored they will have to come up to current safety standards or shut down" said Senator Petersen.

Sad Day/Week in America

Something happened last week, on Wednesday to be precise, that illustrates a systemic problem. Our nation stands for grand principles, except when it doesn't. It is a yet another sign we have lost our way. Few media outlets made much of it.  Hardly anyone commented about it in op-eds or commentaries.  Yet it is a subject vital to us all.  In this regard, the world is almost one (and yet strangely divided).

Everyone knows that safe drinking water is essential for life.  It should go without saying.  And yet the UN took a vote anyway.  Not surprisingly there were no "No" votes. However while 122 nations voted yes, forty abstained, the US, Canada, UK and several European countries among the abstainers.  Far be it from the later group to do or say anything to hurt the powerful water privateers and bottlers ripping off Americans and other countries by, in most cases, using our public water supplies to bottle water and sell it at a huge markup.  I am, however, very disappointed in our White House over the vote. Our nation supposedly awaits another process in Geneva with the Human Rights Council (as if we have paid the Human Rights body much other than lip service during the past 9.5 years.) Talk is cheap.