What is Happening with the 2011 Most Endangered Rivers?

Each spring American Rivers releases our top ten list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.  It is a day full of both angst and hope.  Of course, no river really wants to have the dubious distinction of being under such a great threat as to make “the list”.  Most rivers would rather flow freely- babbling along… Read more »

Fracking and Clean Water Threats

All Americans deserve clean water. So it’s heartening to see People magazine covering one of the leading threats to our rivers and clean water supplies – fracking. Living with Fracking | People Magazine The natural gas drilling technique known as fracking is a hot topic, highlighted by President Obama in the State of the Union… Read more »

Why Fracking The Grand Is A Bad Idea

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series discusses concerns over fracking the Grand River from Kathryn Hanratty, with Enviroscapes Landscape Design: Take Action to Protect theGrand River Tell the Ohio legislature to institute strong protective standards for natural gas development! The Grand is an incredibly beautiful and diverse river. Springing from wetland… Read more »

Fracking in a Floodplain

Photo by Don Williams When American Rivers named 2011 The Year of the River, we never envisioned that the rivers would be showing themselves in such force across the country this summer. Who needs a parade when you can see cars floating down Main Street? Our recent encounters with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee… Read more »

Will the Delaware River Basin Soon be Fracked Up?

Tell the Delaware River Basin Commission to vote “NO” on fracking on Nov. 21st! The fate of America’s Most Endangered River™ of 2010 could be determined this month in a critical vote on natural gas regulations.    The tension in the region is palpable, even from my desk here in Washington, D.C.  On November 21, the… Read more »

Fracking With Diesel

Take Action To Protect Rivers From Diesel ContaminationFrom Fracking Tell the EPA that you support restricting the use of diesel in fracking by July 9th! Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been developing permitting guidance for hydraulic fracturing operations using diesel. The guidance will be the first federal policy focused on protecting drinking… Read more »

A Tale of Two Shale States’ Response

On July 26, the Wall Street Journal issued an editorial entitled “A Tale of Two Shale States.”  I disagree with the editors on this issue, and this is why: Fat pockets are useless if you die of thirst. The commentary presented in “A Tale of Two Shale States” covers a very narrow point of view on… Read more »

Press Statement on the Hoback Gas Lease Buyout

Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers: “For each of the past 27 years, American Rivers has issued our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report to shine a national spotlight on ten rivers facing urgent threats.  The Hoback has made the list for two years in a row.  That speaks not only to the value of the… Read more »

Getting the Full Story on the Towanda Fracking Spill

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, there was another disaster in Pennsylvania. A well blew out during a fracking operation, sending thousands of gallons of wastewater and toxic chemicals into a stream that feeds the Susquehanna River. You can read our press statement. Chesapeake Energy, the company responsible for… Read more »

Victory on the Hoback!

Hoback River, WY | Scott Bosse Over the last two years, the Hoback River in western Wyoming has climbed from #7 to #5 in our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report due to the threat of industrial-scale gas drilling in its headwaters. Today, the Hoback exited the list the right way – by being saved. At… Read more »