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image New report documents Big Oil's huge increase in lobbying expenses! 120_oil-industy-lobbying-report.jpg original image ( 1639x1019) - 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
image Erin Brockovich slams oil industry's use of unlined disposal pits 120_central_valley_wastewater_sumps.jpg original image ( 511x395) - 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used for disposal of oil and gas wastewater in the Central Valley, and most have been operating with significantly out-of-date waste discharge permits, or no permits at all.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
image Feinstein delays controversial drought legislation until next year 120_feinstein_official_photo.jpg original image ( 474x600) - 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
image SB 4 Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations - Second Revised Text of Proposed Regulations 120_pnas_2013_7_scenarios_contamination.jpg original image ( 2100x1547) - 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
image Feinstein's fish-killing drought bill being negotiated in secrecy 120_top_secret.jpg original image ( 960x640) - 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
image Urgent Action Alert: Stop Salmon-Killing Drought Bills In Congress! 120_letter_photo_3325_.jpg original image ( 800x600) - 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
image 30,000 people demand that Big Oil Brown halt offshore fracking 120_scmpas.jpg original image ( 1320x1020) - 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
text 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
image Feds Reverse Course, Lift Ban on Fishing for Rare Pacific Bluefin Tuna 120_pacific_bluefin_tuna.jpg original image ( 500x351) - 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
image Leading Scientists Call for Monarch Protection 120_monarch_butterfly_danaus_plexippus_tiago_j_g_fernandes_wikimedia_commons_by_cc_fpwc-scr.jpg original image ( 850x564) - 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
image Water Experts: Governor Brown Should Abandon Doomed Delta Tunnels 120_10342437_10152580177629563_158404123852791086_n.jpg original image ( 526x394) - 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
text 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
image No April Fooling: Group Names Brown's Tunnel Plan Project of the Year! 120_brown_water_plan.jpeg original image ( 554x686) - 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
calendar 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
image Occupy the Farm Documentary screens in Berkeley through November 13 120_otf-film-tour.jpg original image ( 851x315) - 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
image Great Blue Heron Shot 120_great-blue-heron_mike_baird.jpg original image ( 320x213) - 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
image Western States Petroleum Association spent $4 million lobbying this summer 120_hey_big_oil_.jpg original image ( 881x879) - 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
calendar Join Pomo Indians, AIM, & Earth Defenders for a Protest in SF 120_pic4.jpg original image ( 960x665) - 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
image Voters approve fracking bans in San Benito and Mendocino Counties 120_measure_j_victory_protect_san_benito_1.jpg original image ( 640x480) - 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
calendar Celebrate Measure J Win at Indian Canyon - by Coalition to Protect San Benito
Outdoors at Indian Canyon 1 Indian Canyon Road Hollister, CA 95023
Event Date:Sat Nov 8, 2014 12:00PM
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 1:21PM

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