Mark Ruffalo & Scott Smith Speak at MA State House

Water Defense visited the MA State House at the invitation of Brian Mannal (MA State Rep) to discuss the collaboration with Cape Cod Community College and the proposed amendment for funding for Cape Cod water testing.

LA gets the frack out of town

This month, Los Angeles became the largest city in the country to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it’s commonly known, until authorities can determine that the practice does not pose health and safety risks to the community. The Los Angeles City Council leapt into action and quickly issued a new rule change to the local land-use laws that prohibits fracking. The vote also opens up a window of hope for a larger, state-wide fracking ban across California.

North Dakota test results indicate more exploding rail cars is likely

Bakken crude extraction in the North Dakota oil fields is in overdrive, with an estimated 8 million barrels produced per day, which is then typically transported to its eventual destination by rail. According to Bloomberg, 66 million barrels of oil were carried by trains in the third quarter of 2013 alone – nearly 900 percent more than the entirety of 2008.

A Letter of Thanks to Cape Cod Students

Dear students of Cape Cod Community College and Barnstable High School,

Thanks so much for your hospitality this week and allowing us to present our mission to test, monitor and clean Cape waters for future generations to enjoy. We look forward to working with you to further our initiative and create new water contamination protocols to eventually be implemented nationwide.

Aging infrastructure spells disaster for U.S. waterways

Long gone are the days when a lucky guy could literally shoot himself into an oil fortune, a la Jed Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies. This concentrated mixture of carbon and oil close to the Earth’s surface was easily accessible and non-explosive. But we quickly depleted this resource and began digging deeper and deeper into the Earth’s crust to satisfy our energy demands, exposing our environment to toxic and dangerous chemicals that exist 3,000 to 11,000 feet below the surface. This alone should be enough to get anyone’s blood boiling, and the current state of aging U.S.

Charleston, W.Va. Residents Have Reason for Concern: Heavy Metals in the Water

At this week’s press conference regarding the MCHM spill in West Virginia’s Elk River, the media raised concerns that the drinking water in the area still has a suspicious taste and smell. Although officials have deemed the water safe, the community is asking for in-home water testing to confirm the chemical is not lingering in or reacting to water pipes and other plumbing fixtures.

To address this concern, Water Defense ran more tests and found reasons for Charleston residents to be concerned. Here are the results from our heavy metal testing:

West Virginia test results: Unacceptable MCHM levels

It’s been nearly a month since the Freedom Industries chemical spill tainted the water supply that services the more than 300,000 residents of Charleston, W.Va., and there is still little information available as to the extent of the damage.

Update on Aliceville Bakken train wreck.

This post is courtesy of John L. Wathen, a friend of Water Defense who has been pivotal in documenting the unfolding story of what really happened in Aliceville, AL.

Video: Mark Ruffalo and Scott Smith discuss Oil Train Derailments

Mark Ruffalo and Scott Smith discuss the issues surrounding the recent oil train derailments, such as the one in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Aliceville, AL and Casselton, ND.

Significant Increase in Oil Transport by Rail Raises Chances of Spills

Water Defense Chief Scientist Scott Smith was recently interviewed by the Real News Network on the subject of rail safety surrounding the oil spill and train derailment in Aliceville, Alabama. There were 9,500 cars of oil moved by the rails in 2008, but this year there will be more 400,000, leading to a greater potential for spills like in Aliceville, Alabama. See the video of his two-part interview below:

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