Topic

water protection

45 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at rezpectourwater.com.

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
556,220 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Jim Perdue, Randy Day

On World Water Day, Tell Perdue to ‘Come Clean’ about Water Risks

Across the globe, 748 million people lack access to safe, clean drinking water. Believe it or not, one of the nation’s most serious and persistent threats to freshwater resources is created from factory farms, including poultry farms, which can be a dirty business.  Environmental runoff from factory farms includes dangerous pollutants like manure and chemical fertilizers as well as antibiotics used to treat animals that are released into local waterways. This pollution poses devastating risks to public health and the health of local ecosystems. As one the country's biggest food companies, Perdue has an obligation to its customers to ensure that its products are produced and processed responsibly and safely, and yet Perdue has a 10-year track record of water and environmental safety violations. In fact, Perdue facilities release millions of pounds of toxic waste each year. In 2002, the EPA cited Perdue’s poultry processing and rendering plants in Accomac, Virginia for exceeding ammonia effluent limits, and for inadequate maintenance and operation of its wastewater treatment plant. And in 2010, one of Perdue’s contract farms in Maryland illegally discharged farm runoff into the Pocomoke River. The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility has been calling on poultry companies, including Tyson, Sanderson Farms, Pilgrim’s Pride and Perdue, to monitor their water use and impacts, and to report publicly on water risks. ICCR has contacted Perdue multiple times regarding its water risks yet the company has refused to respond. While Perdue has done work in some geographic regions, the company can become an industry leader by implementing cross-cutting and overarching corporate water stewardship policies. For World Water Day 2017, which highlights the impact of waste water on the world’s freshwater crisis, tell Perdue to come clean on the water impacts of its operations by adding your name to our petition.

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibilitly
794 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Urge Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to cancel use of warfarin laced bait

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has approved the use of a poisoned bait that he says may herald a "hog apocalypse" in a state where an estimated 2.5 million hogs roam. His intent is for the bait to be laced with warfarin, which is used as a blood thinner but has proven lethal to hogs. The bait will be infused with a toxic amount of warfarin, the same ingredient used in blood clot prevention medicine for humans. It is probably safe to assume that public hearings across the state where citizen input is heard were not conducted, nor a call for written public input, or an environmental impact statement prepared. This announcement will allow the use of bait to be laced with warfarin, across Texas. If bait is to be applied in areas used for grazing, all livestock must be removed and excluded from baited areas before applying this product and for at least 90 days after toxic baits are removed from bait dispensers. Much is at stake: It will increase the risk to livestock, grazing lands (whether fenced or open), rangeland, forests, non-crop areas, and crop lands -- that will threaten habitat for imperiled wildlife, from bald eagles and the red-cockaded woodpecker to the southwestern willow flycatcher and the golden-cheeked warbler. While the acute avian toxicity of warfarin indicates that it is practically non-toxic to game birds. In subacute studies, warfarin ranged from moderately toxic to practically non-toxic to upland game birds and waterfowl. Another source indicated that a mallard duck study was performed with a 10% formulation of warfarin. This formulation of warfarin was considered moderately toxic to mallard ducks when administered as a single dose. However, when exposed for a period of 14 days, 4 out of 5 ducks died. According to the Environmental Protection Agency: This product may be toxic to fish, birds and other wildlife. Dogs and other predatory and scavenging mammals and birds might be poisoned if they feed upon animals that have eaten the bait. Do not apply this product directly to water, to areas where surface water is present or to intertidal areas below the mean high-water mark. Do not contaminate water when disposing of equipment wash waters. Please act now to urge Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to cancel this use of warfarin laced bait and protect our way of life, wildlife, water, and communities from harm. Photo: Robert Bailey/Audubon Photography Awards

Mark Olinger
1,144 supporters