“Undermining bedrock environmental laws that protect biodiversity and the water, air, and food we all depend on at such a critical time is short-sighted and reprehensible. Congress must make policies based on the long-term well-being of our communities, our irreplaceable wildlife and landscapes. We deserve nothing less.”
 

Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is joining dozens of other environmental organizations opposing the “Dirty Deal” permitting agreement championed by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). 

If passed, the legislation could set aside longstanding environmental safeguards such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires analysis and public input on the environmental impacts of projects, and a key section of the Clean Water Act and clear the way for fossil fuel projects, including the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  

Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife issued this statement. 

“Undermining bedrock environmental laws that protect biodiversity and the water, air, and food we all depend on at such a critical time is short-sighted and reprehensible. Congress must make policies based on the long-term well-being of our communities, our irreplaceable wildlife and landscapes. We deserve nothing less.”
 

Defenders of Wildlife is celebrating 75 years of protecting all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With a nationwide network of nearly 2.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit defenders.org/newsroom and follow us on Twitter @Defenders.

Media Contact

Communications Specialist
hhammer@defenders.org
(202) 772-0295

News

Image
Sturgeon
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Conservation Groups Win Lawsuit Challenging Elimination of Critical North Carolina Protections for Sea Turtles and Fish

In a new ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Cape Fear River Watch, North Carolina Wildlife Federation, and Defenders of Wildlife, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, succeeded in challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ unjustified decision to eliminate the agency’s longstanding practice of limiting hopper dredging at Wilmington and Morehead City Harbors to winter months.
Image
Pipeline cutting across landscape
Washington, DC

Defenders Applauds Exclusion of Manchin’s “Dirty Deal” from Government Funding Bill

After heavy pushback from Defenders of Wildlife and many other environmental groups, a broad spectrum of nonprofits, frontline communities, and members of Congress, Senate leaders announced that the permitting agreement championed by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), coined the “Dirty Deal,” will not be attached to the upcoming government funding bill.