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text Community in Mourning after UC Berkeley Destroys 60 Trees on Historic Gill Tract Arboretum - by Gill Tract Defense
The Gill Tract community will be gathering at the Gill Tract at 5pm to mourn and plan. Early this morning, 60 trees were cut down on the southern acreage of the Gill Tract. The UC’s move to begin clearing the way for their proposed housing and shopping complex came as a shock to farmers and neighbors, as there is an active lawsuit on appeal in the county courts, contesting the development’s detrimental environmental impact. Knowing the community would mobilize to defend the trees, t...
Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:06PM
image Feds Will Expand Habitat Protections for Endangered Killer Whales on West Coast 120_killer_whales_orca_noaa_fpwc.jpg original image ( 3072x2048) - by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that it intends to expand critical habitat protections along the West Coast for endangered “Southern Resident” killer whales. The finding, which says a decision will be made in 2017, comes in response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the whales’ winter foraging range off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:51PM
document Water board chief admits he was 'just wrong’ cspa_jennings_tucp_presentation.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Dan Bacher
"He admitted he was wrong last year in assessing the impacts to fish - and so now he is proposing to do it again," said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA).
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:20PM
image Governor Jerry Brown wins "Cold, Dead Fish Award" three years in a row! 120_jerry_brown.jpg original image ( 360x480) - by Dan Bacher
The common link in much of the destruction and mayhem I’ve described in my articles is Jerry Brown, the worst Governor for fish, water and the environment in recent California history. Brown has constantly gushed about his "green energy" and carbon trading policies at press conferences and photo opportunities while he enthusiastically supports the expansion of fracking in California and is rushing the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history, the Bay Delt...
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:50PM
image American River steelhead run is worst on record 120_800_img_1527_1_1.jpg original image ( 533x800) - by Dan Bacher
“The steelhead died for a noble cause - almonds," quipped Bill Jennings, executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA). Photo of Sammy Yoro, Jr., of Watsonville with two winter hatchery steelhead caught on the American River in January 2011 by Dan Bacher. The Bureau of Reclamation's abysmal management of Folsom Reservoir and the American River during a record drought has resulted in the destruction of the once abundant steelhead population that anglers, N...
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:28PM
document Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Offshore Fracking in California complaint_offshore_fracking_2_19_15.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Interior Department today (see PDF) for violating three federal laws by rubberstamping offshore fracking off California’s coast without analyzing fracking pollution’s threats to ocean ecosystems, coastal communities and marine wildlife, including sea otters, fish, sea turtles and whales.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:57PM
image Californians Against Fracking slams hearing process, calls for fracking ban 120_800_pacific_islanders.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown’s oil regulators have issued rules for fracking before they’ve even finished studying it, putting the cart before the horse and endangering lives," said David Braun in a statement before the hearing on behalf of Californians Against Fracking. "Unsurprisingly, this is the same agency responsible for issuing hundreds of illegal permits for the disposal of oil industry wastewater into multiple protected drinking water aquifers." Photo of anti-fracking march in Oakland o...
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:53AM
image Fishermen, Delta Leaders Protest Move to “Destroy Salmon” 120_michael_jackson_1_1.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
Water rights attorney and C-WIN Board Member Mike Jackson said, “Evidently after the Bureau of Reclamation’s killing of 95% of the endangered winter-run salmon year last year, the Federal government has decided to propose a much worse water plan for 2015. It’s a much more complicated plan, but if it is approved by the California Water Board it may send both the endangered salmon and Delta smelt to extinction. We will find out soon if the Governor’s office intervenes with the Water Boa...
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:08PM
image Largest Anti-Fracking March in U.S. History Photo Essay 120_march_for_real_climate_leadership_banner.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
People from all walks of life came from throughout California to Oakland on February 7 to call on Governor Jerry Brown to stop fracking and other extreme energy extraction in the state, stand up to big oil and move California beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. Photo of the March for Real Climate Leadership banner at the front of the march by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:03PM
image Lawsuit Targets Impacts of Three Harmful Pesticides on Two Bay Area Endangered Species 120_delta_smelt_hypomesus_transpacificus.jpg original image ( 800x464) - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in federal court in California today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to ensure three widely used pesticides — atrazine, 2,4-D and alachlor — don't jeopardize the survival of the delta smelt and Alameda whipsnake, two Bay Area endangered species. The Fish and Wildlife Service has yet to act on a request from the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether measures are needed to protect the del...
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:45PM
image Will drought relief money be used to support overpumping Delta water? 120_jbrown.jpg original image ( 300x187) - by Dan Bacher
"Secretary Jewell's announcement mentions that $5.37 million will be available for Delta needs for drought monitoring of endangered species, and to increase flexibility in water operations,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. “What we fear is that this spending plan will translate into funding to manage the system so that the greatest amount of water is exported to big agribusiness growers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley." Photo of Secre...
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:14PM
text Cancer-causing Chemicals Found in Fracking Flowback From California Oil Wells - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Flowback fluid from fracked oil wells in California commonly contains dangerous levels of cancer-causing chemicals, a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity has found.
Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:49PM
image RNs to Join Martinez Refinery Workers on Picket Line Thursday 120_tesoro_refinery_martinez.jpg original image ( 600x244) - by via California Nurses Association
In a show of support for striking refinery workers and their fight for stronger health and safety standards, registered nurses will hold a press conference with them Thursday in Martinez, Ca. Environmental organizations are also expected to join.
Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:38PM
image Coalition urges Brown to shut down illegal injection wells 120_front_of_march.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
“Gov. Jerry Brown must immediately ban fracking and halt the use of illegal injection wells in California,” said Adam Scow, California director of Food and Water Watch, on behalf of Californians Against Fracking. Photo of the front of the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland on February 7 by Dan Bacher. Over 8,000 Californians, including a diverse group of Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Latinos, African Americans, Asians, labor union activists, doctors, nurses, clergy, co...
Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:57PM
image Anti-fracking activists blockade California State Office Building in downtown San Francisco 120_16272251097_79dc213269_z.jpg original image ( 640x480) - by Matthew Gerring
About 70 activists blockaded the entrance to the California State office building in San Francisco on Friday morning in support of a state-wide ban on fracking.
Posted: Fri Feb 6, 2015 10:27AM
image Anti fracking protest underway at state building Mcallister St 120_image.jpg original image ( 600x800) - by Anti nukefrack
Anti fracking protest underway at state building Mcallister St Pictures from Twitter
Posted: Fri Feb 6, 2015 10:06AM
video Center for Independent Living to remove garden project in Berkeley (video/x-ms-wmv 61.8MB) - by Gardening for Independent Living
For years the Center For Independent Living has neglected a parcel of land that touches Regent Street. The lot was gathering used needles and miscellaneous garbage. Even landlords in the area were using the parcel and the adjacent sidewalk to dump left over garbage from former tenants who leave things behind. The Center For Independent Living has moved to its new location across from Ashby BART and is in the process of selling the old lot between Telegraph and Regent to Patrick Kennedy who...
Posted: Thu Feb 5, 2015 7:33PM
image Oil lobby group tops spending list with $8.9 million in 2014 120_californians_against_fracking.jpg original image ( 5184x3456) - by Dan Bacher
The oil industry is the most powerful corporate lobby in California, overshadowing corporate agribusiness, the high tech industry, the movie industry, insurance companies and other special interests in the money and influence that it wields in state politics. Photo of press conference by Californians Against Fracking at the State Capitol on January 28 by Dan Bacher. On February 7 thousands of Californians will converge in Oakland – Brown’s home town – for the "March for Real Climate ...
Posted: Wed Feb 4, 2015 4:45PM
image Anti-fracking coalition calls for shut down of toxic injection wells 120_press_conference_at_capitol__.jpg original image ( 960x640) - by Dan Bacher
The permission to pollute was granted because of the capture of the state's regulatory apparatus by Big Oil and other corporate interests. In fact, the oil industry not only exerts its enormous influence by spending millions and millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributors, but is able to get its officials and allies placed on state and federal regulatory panels. Photo from press conference by Californians Against Fracking at the State Capitol in Sacramento on January 29. Phot...
Posted: Mon Feb 2, 2015 6:41PM
text EPA Urged to Shut Down Oil Industry Wastewater Wells Threatening California Aquifers - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity today called on the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately shut down hundreds of injection wells that are illegally dumping oil industry wastewater into scores of California aquifers, including some that supply water for drinking and farming irrigation.
Posted: Mon Feb 2, 2015 1:30PM

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