News Release | Environment New York

Offshore drilling proposal threatens America’s coasts and marine wildlife

Bidding for offshore oil and gas leases could begin as early as 2019 in almost all federal waters under a new Trump Administration proposal. Environment New York denounced the plan, which would open vast new areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico to drilling.    

“Oil and gas drilling is an inherently dirty and dangerous business. There is simply no safe way to drill,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “By allowing offshore drilling in more of our coastal waters, the Trump administration increases the chances of a dangerous oil spill. Opening these areas to drilling endangers sea life including whales, dolphins, and sea turtles, as well as the life and livelihoods of New Yorkers and all Americans in coastal communities.”

News Release | Environment New York

President Trump Eliminates Protections for Treasured Public Lands

New York, NY – President Donald Trump announced today that he is drastically cutting Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Not only is this decision environmentally irresponsible, it defies public opinion. Ninety-eight percent of the record-breaking 2.8 million public comments to the U.S. Interior Department asked the federal government to maintain or expand protections for these and the 25 other national monuments still under review by the Trump administration.

Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, made the following statement:

News Release | Environment New York

Senate Tax Bill Is a Bonanza for Big Oil and a Disaster for the Pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Today, the U.S. Senate is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintains billion in tax breaks for Big Oil while stifling the growing solar energy sector. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement in response:  

News Release | Environment New York

Trump administration announces repeal of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Today, the Trump administration announced that it plans to repeal the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, our best climate program to limit carbon pollution from dirty power plants. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, released the following statement in response: 

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Less Shelter from the Storm

After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma recently pummeled our coasts, Environment New York warned that pending budget proposals from the Trump administration and Congress threaten key programs that protect our communities from storm- related impacts.  The group documented threats to programs that prevent or curb flooding, sewage overflows and leaks from toxic waste sites. Environment New York also called for preventing more global warming-fueled extreme weather in the future.

“We believe in protecting our wetlands as they improve water quality, assist in flood control, provide habitat for birds and fish and only add to the recreational activities available to residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Kelly B. Decker of Port Jervis, N.Y., in Rep. Maloney’s district.

“If there is any lesson to be learned from these devastating hurricanes, it’s that New York deserves better shelter from the storms,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Rather than protecting our most vulnerable communities, budget proposals on the table in Washington, D.C. right now threaten coastal resiliency, remove protections for flood-absorbing wetlands, neglect funding for stormwater and sewage treatment, and expose more Americans to toxic chemicals,” Leibowitz added.

News Release | Environment New York

Trump Budget Delivers More Pollution Not More Power to States Including New York

Based on a briefing by the Trump Administration, President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget would cut important environmental and health programs. Below is a statement from Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, on the president’s FY’18 budget proposal.

News Release | Environment New York

Executive Order oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf

 Today, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order directing the Secretary of Interior to revise or initiate a new five-year program for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement:

News Release | Environment New York

National Monuments At Risk

New York, NY - President Trump signed an executive order today directing the Department of Interior to review more than 20 national monuments, including Stonewall National Monument in New York, that have been created under the Antiquities Act since 1996.  A list of the monuments that may be reviewed is below.

In response, Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, issued the following statement: