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Hoopa Valley Tribe: Interior Secretary turns back on Klamath salmon - by Dan Bacher
“It is as if the Secretary of Transportation said let’s forget about automobile seat belts, airbags and antilock brakes and spend the savings on ambulances,” said Hoopa Valley Tribe Chair Danielle Vigil Masten. “The problem is that the ambulance may or may not get to a crash scene in time, and when it does arrive, the crew will have to deal with far more serious injuries.” Toxic Algae on the Klamath River. Photo courtesy of the Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:53PM
Third Lawsuit to Prevent Caltrans From Vandalizing Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Following two previously successful federal and state court legal actions, conservation groups and local residents filed a lawsuit in federal court on July 28 (see PDF) challenging Caltrans’ renewed approval of a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient and irreplaceable redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park in Humboldt County. Due to Caltrans’ flawed environmental-review process, the project to cut into and pave over the roots of old-grow...
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:06AM
Greenwashing Destruction: Fake marine “protection” and Brown’s tunnels - by Dan Bacher
We can see that MLPA and BDCP processes have much in common in terms of their leadership, funding, greenwashing goals, racism and denial of tribal rights, junk science and numerous conflicts of interest. I believe that people can more effectively oppose the Governor's twin tunnel plan by understanding the dark links between the MLPA Initiative and BDCP.
Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:00AM
Chevron's Richmond refinery expansion will increase greenhouse gas emissions by 20% (audio/mpeg 1.8MB) - by Pacifica Evening News
Chevron's Richmond oil refinery is already the greatest emitter of greenhouse gases in the State of California. According to Richmond Planning Commissioner Marilyn Langlois, Chevron's plan for its complex refinery expansion will increase its emissions by another 20% of what they are now, but Chevron is denying that by excluding the emissions that will be produced by PraxAir, an affiliate corporation.
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:23PM
Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishery Restricted to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles - by Joanna Nasar
What does el Nino mean for loggerhead sea turtles and a deadly fishery? Read below to find out.
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:29AM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan Officials Suppress Freedom of Speech - by Dan Bacher
Bob Wright, Senior Counsel of Friends of the River, concluded, "The fish and the Delta are in peril. Extinction is forever. The 40,000 pages of BDCP project proponent advocacy are unworthy of the epic decisions to be made guiding the future of the fish, northern California Rivers, and the Delta. If this is not worth the environmental full disclosure required by law and the NEPA, CEQA and ESA required do-over, what is?"
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:28AM
PPIC Poll: 51 percent of likely voters would back $11.1 billion water bond - by Dan Bacher
"The water bond is hanging by a thread, at just 1% over the minimum majority," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "That is a terribly weak position for any measure that would costs Californians billions of dollars."
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:44AM
California Court Rules Against Dangerous Oil Development Near Pinnacles National Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif.— Citing concerns about water use and contamination, a Monterey County Superior Court judge has ruled that San Benito County unlawfully approved a dangerous new oil-development project near Pinnacles National Park that could result in hundreds of wells being drilled in important agricultural and wildlife habitat in the Salinas Valley watershed. As the judge’s ruling notes, “There are numerous opportunities for toxic spills to occur that the County has apparently not cont...
Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:35PM
Chevron campaign to buy City of Richmond: Andrés Soto on CIUT-Ontario (audio/mpeg 25.5MB) - by CIUT-Toronto-Taylor Report
Chevron is attempting to buy the City of Richmond, to insure the complex refinery permit it hopes to win at Richmond's next City Council meeting, on July 29th. Andrés Soto spoke to CIUT-Toronto host Phil Taylor about Chevron's purchase orders and the environmental battles throughout the East Bay Refinery Corridor. The Richmond City Council meeting on July 29th will begin at 6:30, at 403 Civic Center Drive, Richmond, four or five blocks east of the Richmond BART station.
Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:11PM
Stop Fooling California exposes oil lobbyist conflict of interest - by Dan Bacher
“Big Oil, we know you're no stranger to conflicts of interest. But you have outdone yourself this time!” the group, Stop Fooling California, stated on its Facebook page.(https://www.facebook.com/StopFoolingCalifornia)
Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:36PM
Gilroy Garlic Festival: No More Frog Legs! - by via Save the Frogs
Please help us get frog legs off the menu at the internationally-acclaimed Gilroy Garlic Festival! Send the letter below to the festival's Executive Director Mr. Brian Bowe. Thank you for helping SAVE THE FROGS! and significantly diminishing the environmentally-damaging frog legs trade.
Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:17AM
Richmond environmentalists request support for challenge to Chevron refinery expansion (audio/mpeg 1.8MB) - by KPFA Weekend News/Andrés Soto/Ann Garrison
Richmond environmentalists ask supporters from all over the Bay Area to attend the Richmond City Council meeting at 403 Civic Center Street, several blocks east of the Richmond BART station on Tuesday, July 22nd. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm, but Andrés Soto of Communities for a Better Environment is urging people to arrive by 5:30 to get good seats and fill out speaker cards. Chevron's Richmond Refinery produces more greenhouse gases than any other corporation in California.
Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:56AM
Department of Water Resources Faces $60 Million Shortfall - by Dan Bacher
“Ultimately, DWR cannot go broke because it has a default source for funding: property taxes and water rates,” Carolee Krieger, Executive Director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), pointed out. “They believe property taxes can be increased to meet the agency’s needs without a public vote.”
Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:38AM
Department of Conservation stops injection of fracking waste - by Dan Bacher
According to Abraham Lustgarten of Pro Publica, "California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there." Photo: Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, opens the big anti-fracking rally in Sacramento with a ceremony and...
Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:51PM
Free Snapshot Contest Educates Public About California’s Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles - by Joanna Nasar
To raise awareness about these sea turtles, Turtle Island Restoration Network and the California Coastal Conservancy are sponsoring the California Sea Turtle Hero Photo Contest this summer with fabulous prizes.
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:44PM
Frivolous Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Company - by Amy Trainer
Restaurants File Meritless Lawsuit In Federal Court to Delay Inevitable Closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Company.
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:02PM
Shasta County Board votes to Investigate "Chemtrails" - by Beeline
On July 15, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to investigate alleged connections between the high altitude atmospheric application of chemicals commonly known as "chemtrails" and public health problems.
Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:45PM
Berkeley students to rally at the Regents Meeting for halt to development on Gill Tract - by sealstudents
Regents Meeting in San Francisco
Event Date:Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:00AM
Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:41PM
Thousands of Pacific herring entrained in Delta pumps this year - by Dan Bacher
“We’re bringing saltwater critters into the Delta,” quipped Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. “How long will it be before sharks start showing in the Delta?” This aerial photo shows the Tracy Fish Collection Facility (TFCF) on the South Delta. Photo by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Sacramento.
Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:13PM
Protesters urge Brown to protect California's water by banning fracking - by Dan Bacher
Ironically, the Board is considering fines on residential users who take too much water after a drought year when the state and federal governments drained Shasta, Oroville and Folsom reservoirs to export water to "corporate water hogs" including corporate agribusiness interests farming toxic, drainage impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, Southern California water agencies, and oil companies conducting fracking and steam injections in Kern County. None of these "water hog...
Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:25PM