LWVUSA Website Highlights – Fracking, Money in Politics

The League is concerned that two sites were left out of EPA Progress Report.

On May 7, 2013 the League — namely the LWVUS and 18 different state Leagues — offered comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board on the study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.  [Citizens and residents] are highly dependent on the reliability of this EPA Study.

The League of Women Voters [is] . . . concerned

that hydraulic fracturing has occurred extensively and continues to occur in over 30 states without the completion of a comprehensive, transparent, science-based, peer-reviewed study on its potential impact on drinking water resources… All investigations conducted at these EPA study sites — Pavillion, Wyoming and Dimock, Pennsylvania– are NOT included in the EPA’s Progress Report of December 2012…These two sites are in different shale plays and both appear to have experienced water contamination.

Read more at LWV.org

http://www.lwv.org/content/league-offers-comments-epa-science-advisory-board

The Fight to Reform Federal Campaign Finance Laws Continues

…The summer and fall months of 2013 are shaping up to play an important role in the fight to reform our broken campaign finance system. Here’s a little more detail on what is going on around this issue.

Legislation in Congress is moving forward. In the House, the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act has been reintroduced by Representative Chis Van Hollen (D-MD). The bill currently has 52 sponsors…

A companion bill in the Senate has not been introduced yet, but Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is preparing the Senate version of the DISCLOSE Act…

The Follow the Money Act of 2013 is intended to address the growing influence of Super PACs in the election cycle. The bill sets disclosure requirements and provides for real time reporting of expenditures from independent groups and candidates..

Read more at LWV.org

http://www.lwv.org/blog/fight-reform-campaign-finance-laws-continues

 

Photo Credit:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/10/epa-fracking-investigation-in-wyoming-revisited-after-objections/

 

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