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Laird announces release of Marine Protected Areas 'Partnership Plan' - by Dan Bacher
The MLPA Initiative, called an "open, transparent and inclusive" process by Laird, other state officials and corporate "environmentalists," was anything but. The process was characterized by its private funding by the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation; its failure to create authentic marine protected areas; numerous conflicts of interests, including the leadership of the South Coast process by the President of the Western States Petroleum Association; incomplete and terminally flawed science; ...
Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:04AM
New report documents Big Oil's huge increase in lobbying expenses! - by Dan Bacher
The Western States Petroleum Association spent a record $4 million in the last three months alone, more than twice historical levels. WSPA has spent more than $7 million so far in 2014, leading all statewide lobbying by a wide margin. The group paid nearly $2.5 million to KP Public Affairs, the state’s highest paid lobbying firm, in 2013-2014.
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:42PM
Erin Brockovich slams oil industry's use of unlined disposal pits - by Dan Bacher
According to Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) records, at least 432 unlined pits are currently being used for disposal of oil and gas wastewater in the Central Valley, and most have been operating with significantly out-of-date waste discharge permits, or no permits at all.
Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:43AM
Feinstein delays controversial drought legislation until next year - by Dan Bacher
Ronald Stork, Senior Policy Director of Friends of the River, said, "Feinstein said it will be reintroduced and go through the regular order in the new GOP led-Congress instead of being hatched in secret in the back rooms. That's a good thing, but it doesn't matter if California's two Senators are unwilling to stand up to the San Joaquin Valley Congressmen. Somebody has to show some courage."
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:06AM
SB 4 Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations - Second Revised Text of Proposed Regulations - by Tomas DiFiore
SB 4 and Seismic Activity in the Vicinity of Hydraulic Fracturing Subseismic activity of magnitude 2.7 - That's the operator's reponsibility threshold. Under the 'good' neighbor notification and well monitoring protocols, the public can ascertain the timeframe of the operations and monitor the area at the CISN for changes and trends. In the most recent, proposed SB 4 California Well Stimulation Regulations (Second Revised Text), the language regarding well bores and known faults have been s...
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:30AM
Feinstein's fish-killing drought bill being negotiated in secrecy - by Dan Bacher
“It is disappointing that Senator Feinstein is not standing up for the economic engine of the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary, its water quality and native species that serve not only California’s economic engine but Oregon and Washington as well,” said Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. “Instead of calling for every available bucket of water to be shipped immediately to unsustainable industrial agriculture, Sen. Feinstein should instead be pursuing water dema...
Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:19AM
Urgent Action Alert: Stop Salmon-Killing Drought Bills In Congress! - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta has received an important update on the drought legislation now proceeding through Congress. Please call Senators to oppose BOTH Feinstein's drought bill and the House of Representatives drought bill. Tell Senator Dianne Feinstein that she needs to talk to experts of the Bay Delta estuary. Share with your friends and thank you for taking action!
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:51PM
30,000 people demand that Big Oil Brown halt offshore fracking - by Dan Bacher
This rampant fracking has only become possible because of the cozy relationship between federal and state regulators and the oil industry, the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento. The American Lung Association's Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has just released a new report revealing that the oil industry spent $70 million on lobbyists in California since 2009. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of so-called "marine protected areas" created on the ...
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:19PM
Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast - by via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean.
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:54PM
Feds Reverse Course, Lift Ban on Fishing for Rare Pacific Bluefin Tuna - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The National Marine Fisheries Service today allowed large-scale commercial fishing for endangered Pacific bluefin tuna to continue, reversing a decision to close the fishery on Sept. 5, 2014. Pacific bluefin tuna are already in serious trouble; in July 2014, the catch exceeded limits intended to prevent international overfishing.
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:12PM
Leading Scientists Call for Monarch Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— In the face of staggering declines of monarchs, more than 40 leading monarch scientists and ecologists and 200 organizations and businesses today urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to protect the butterflies under the Endangered Species Act. Today’s letters come in support of a formal petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking federal protection for monarchs. The petition was filed in August by the Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, The Xer...
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:30PM
Water Experts: Governor Brown Should Abandon Doomed Delta Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
“The EPA’s critical comments letter is a death sentence for the BDCP tunnels,” said Bob Wright, FOR Senior Counsel. “EPA has said the BDCP Water Tunnels would contribute to increased and persistent violations of water quality standards in the Delta. Greater freshwater flow through the Delta, not less freshwater flow, is needed. It is time to start over and for the BDCP agencies to stop hiding alternatives that would increase flows by reducing exports."
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:51PM
Wrong Again! - by Steve Ongerth
In case you didn't know, the Blue Green Alliance is a coalition of business unions and environmental organizations that ostensibly advocates for building bridges between the labor movement and the environmental movement, with a specific focus towards "green jobs" and "sustainable development". Each year, the alliance issues a "Right Stuff Award" to "business, government, environmental, labor, and community leaders who promote a sustainable economy and environment". This year, they say, their ...
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:16PM
No April Fooling: Group Names Brown's Tunnel Plan Project of the Year! - by Dan Bacher
Lets get this right, folks - the "North American Strategic Leadership Forum" selected Jerry Brown's Peripheral Tunnel Plan, one of the most environmentally destructive projects in California history, as "Engineering Project of the Year" for 2014 and listed the boondoggle as a finalist for the categories of "Strategic Project of the Year” and “Green/New Project of the Year?"
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:06AM
Nightime MARCH for divestment from fossil fuels - by W. Nessen
Gather at Bancroft and Telegraph in Berkeley for a March
Event Date:Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:00PM
Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:54AM
Occupy the Farm Documentary screens in Berkeley through November 13 - by Occupy the Farm
Since the premiere on November 7, the Occupy the Farm documentary been one of the top sellers at the UA7 theater this weekend, and Regal Cinema will be deciding Monday if they'll take the film to other theaters. Please invite your friends today and help us finish the weekend strong!
Posted: Sun Nov 9, 2014 12:32PM
Great Blue Heron Shot - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) along with Wildlife Emergency Services have alerted the public that a Great Blue Heron that was shot was found wounded. (Photo: A Great Blue Heron photographed at Morro Bay, Ca.)
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 2:50PM
Western States Petroleum Association spent $4 million lobbying this summer - by Dan Bacher
Besides fighting California’s clean air laws, massive oil industry opposition resulted in the defeat of a bill to protect a marine protected area in Southern California from oil drilling. On August 26, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill to ban offshore oil drilling from an area of state waters in the Santa Barbara Channel known as Tranquillon Ridge stalled on the Assembly Floor effectively killing the bill for the year.
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 12:16PM
Join Pomo Indians, AIM, & Earth Defenders for a Protest in SF - by Karen Pickett
Army Corps of Engineers, 1455 Market St., San Francisco
Event Date:Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:00PM
Posted: Thu Nov 6, 2014 10:21AM
Voters approve fracking bans in San Benito and Mendocino Counties - by Dan Bacher
“The oil industry’s millions were no match for San Benito County voters determined to protect their air and water from fracking pollution,” said Hollin Kretzmann of the Center for Biological Diversity. “But every California community deserves the same protection, so Gov. Brown needs to act now to halt fracking’s toxic threat to our health and environment.” Measure J victory photo courtesy of Protect San Benito.
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 4:48PM