Author Archives: Alison Fairbrother

Will Maryland Give its Farmers a Pollution Pass?

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Maryland lawmakers are debating a bill that could amount to a pollution pass for farmers in the state. The “Agricultural Certainty” bill would excuse participating farmers from new state and local environmental regulations for ten years. In return, farmers would agree to meet existing pollution reduction goals set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and …

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Pirate Fishermen Running Wild on the High Seas

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Modern-day pirates might not look like Captain Jack Sparrow from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, but they do charter ships across the world’s oceans, stealing and plundering a valuable resource that billions of people depend on for food. Bills introduced in House and Senate committees this month aim to eliminate “pirate fishing,” a global scourge that threatens the …

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It Once Swam with Dinosaurs, but is This 800-Pound Fish Now Doomed?

Washingtonians might not realize it, but a 150-million-year-old species is slipping into oblivion right under their noses. Atlantic sturgeon, the pointy-snouted giant that can reach lengths of 14 feet and weigh up to 800 pounds, once swam with dinosaurs. The prehistoric fish was tenacious enough to survive the mass extinction more than 60 million years …

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Oil Companies Vastly Underreport Size of Spills

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In November 2012, BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster. As part of their plea agreement, company executives admitted they had misled Congress and the American public by providing false information about the extent of the oil spill. BP fudged the numbers in a …

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Making Waves: Delegate Cites PTP Investigation in Op-Ed

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In an op-ed published on SoMdNews.com, Maryland delegate Peter F. Murphy (District 28), highlighted a Public Trust Project investigation that found that Omega Protein had hired hundreds of foreign workers to labor on the company’s fishing boats and factories, while claiming to be an exceptional job creator on American shores. Del. Murphy wrote, “…jobs for U.S. …

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Decision Day on Atlantic Menhaden: Live Blog

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10:26:24 PM: We’ll see you bright and early at 8 am for the historic vote on #menhaden! If you have any questions, tweet at us and we’ll keep you posted! 11:26:16 PM: Great energy here in Baltimore over an oily little fish called #menhaden. Stay tuned!11:51:55 PM: We’ll also be following @pewenvironment and @herringalliance for …

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