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Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Same Bad Proposal, No Real Solution - by Sierra Club California
Sierra Club California Responds to Bay Delta Conservation Plan Release: Same Bad Proposal, No Real Solution (see PDF).
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 6:13PM
Winnemem Wintu Reject Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
“There is no precedent for the killing of an estuary of this size, so how could any study be trusted to protect the Delta for salmon and other fish? How can they even know what the effects will be?” said Chief and Spiritual Leader Caleen Sisk. “The end of salmon would also mean the end of Winnemem, so the BDCP is a threat to our very existence as indigenous people.” Photo of Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, by Dan Bacher
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 9:06AM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR runs rough-shod over the facts - by Dan Bacher
“There will be some beneficiaries of this project, however,” said Carolee Krieger, the executive director of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). “The Twin Tunnels will allow a few hundred corporate farms in the western San Joaquin Valley – corporations with junior water contracts – to increase their control over the state’s developed water.“ Photo of giant water pumping facilities at San Luis Reservoir, an off stream impoundment that stores Delta water for the Cent...
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 7:42AM
Tell Governor Brown No to the Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
A total of $240 million has already been spent on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels - and it will take another $1.2 billion to complete the design and planning for the government boondoggle. Why throw more good money after bad? Now's the time for the Brown administration to flush its twin tunnels plan down the toilet of history before it costs taxpayers, water district and ratepayers even more than it already has.
Posted: Sat Dec 7, 2013 10:37AM
Water Board Ends Waiver That Allowed Unregulated Dumping of Toxic Drilling Muds - by Center for Biological Diversity
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— A coalition of environmental and public-health groups scored an important victory today when a regional water board voted 4-1 to kill a waiver that for years has allowed oil companies to dump toxic drilling muds in California’s Central Valley without regulation or reporting.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:36AM
Agencies will receive Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents Friday - by Dan Bacher
The tunnel plan is based on the false premise that you can restore a river system by stealing more water from it.
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2013 7:56PM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not the 'most realistic plan' - by Dan Bacher
How will the tunnels benefit salmon, steelhead and other species when they are in fact only spreading the fish carnage from the South Delta to the Sacramento River also? The massacre of Central Valley salmon, steelhead, Sacramento splittail, American shad, striped bass and other species will continue when the South Delta pumps are operating - while the new intake facilities on the Sacramento River will imperil migrating salmon, steelhead and other fish in their major migratory corridor.
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2013 10:40AM
Fifteen people arrested at Walmart protest in Roseville - by Dan Bacher
“We're standing with Walmart Associates across the nation today,” said Meisha Bradley, who works at the Florin Road Walmart and is a member of OUR Walmart, an organization working for higher pay and better treatment of the retail giant's workers. “I consider this protest to be a big success - we got young and old people here today and we’re going to win this fight together." Photo: Protesters block the street prior to the arrests. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:21PM
State will hold public meetings on EIR for fracking regulations - by Dan Bacher
You know that this legislation won't protect the land, water, fish, wildlife and people of California from the expansion of fracking when a big oil lobbyist praises the draft regulations.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:19PM
Making Change at Walmart - Fresno/Covis Black Friday demo - by Mike Rhodes
Protesters held signs in front of the Shaw avenue Walmart in Clovis today (Black Friday) as part of a nationwide effort to hold Walmart accountable for low wages.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:31PM
Walmarting the rivers and oceans - by Dan Bacher
The Walton Family Foundation reported “investments” totaling more than $91.4 million in “environmental initiatives” in 2012, including contributions to corporate “environmental” NGOs pushing ocean privatization through the “catch shares” programs and so-called “marine protected areas” like those created under Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, as well as to groups supporting the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnel...
Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:44PM
Peripheral tunnels won't address subsidence threat to Central Valley - by Dan Bacher
"They’ve exhausted their own groundwater supply, and now they are coming after the Delta and upstream rivers to support farms that are not environmentally and economically sustainable," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta. "Sending them water is like enabling a drug addict. Is the state’s entire water supply to be sacrificed for almonds to export to China?"
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:28PM
Westlands officials ponder big buy-in on Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Lloyd G. Carter
Following the 90-minute workshop, Westlands directors went into executive session to discuss, among other things, whether they want to participate further in BDCP financing. It is unknown if Westlands is comparison shopping by talking with bond underwriters other than Houston, who has done bond work for Westlands in the past. Photo of Hoopa Valley Tribe protest against Westlands Water District in Fresno on August 21 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:44AM
Congresswoman Lois Capps calls for offshore fracking moratorium - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, urged people to support a ban on fracking in California. "California's new draft fracking rules Are BAD," she said. "Tell Governor Brown that weak regulations won't cut it. We need a ban!" "Regulations don't make fracking any safer - no water for fracking at the expense of the Tribal ceremonies and salmon habitat," Sisk stated. Photo of offshore oil drilling platform courtesy of: http://qzprod.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/offshore-oil-dr...
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:26PM
State Water Project initial allocation only 5% - after summer of reservoir draining - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), emphasized, "There is no limit to the gall of these folks. They killed 98.9 percent of the Delta smelt population and now they are blaming the 1.1 percent that are left for causing operational constraints on pumping? Then they wiped out 99.7 percent of the longfin smelt - and now they are blaming the remaining three-tenths of 1 percent for operational constraints on public trust water as they continu...
Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:32PM
Oil company fined $60,000 for illegally discharging fracking fluid - by Dan Bacher
"The prosecution team’s investigation determined that Vintage periodically discharged saline water, formation fluids, and hydraulic fracturing fluid to an unlined sump for 12 days," according to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board. "The sump was next to a newly drilled Vintage oil well near the City of Shafter in Kern County. The prosecution team concluded the discharge posed a threat to groundwater quality and that Vintage violated the Water Code for the unpermitted discharge o...
Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:49PM
Big oil lobbyist/marine guardian praises draft fracking regulations - by Dan Bacher
"Governor Brown signed SB 4 less than two months ago, and the state has worked expeditiously to implement this new comprehensive law," said Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). "These regulations are extensive but strike the right balance that will result in an environmental platform which will ensure that the potential energy resources contained in the Monterey Shale formation can be responsibly developed."
Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:28AM
State owes counties over $17 million as Brown fast-tracks tunnels - by Dan Bacher
“Why would we trust these same agencies to keep their promises about the $54 billion tunnels, the land they will purchase or the ‘habitat’ they will buy and manage?" asked RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “The failure to repay for lands is just one in a long series of broken promises by these same agencies. They are not trustworthy.” Graphic of Jerry Brown courtesy of Red, Green and Blue.
Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:34PM
Nation's Top Climate Scientists to Gov. Brown: Halt California Fracking - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Twenty leading climate experts today called on Gov. Jerry Brown to impose a moratorium on fracking in California. In a letter delivered this morning (see PDF), retired NASA climate scientist James Hansen of Columbia University, Michael Mann of Penn State University, Michael MacCracken of the Climate Institute, Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science, Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University and other experts say fracking and other extreme oil and gas extracti...
Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:05PM
The Greenwashing of Governor Jerry Brown - by Dan Bacher
On March 26, 2012, I received a media advisory from the Governor's office stating that "Governor Edmund G. Brown will attend a reception commemorating Ocean Day this evening sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he will receive the 2012 Ocean Champion Award." The event was held that evening at 6 p.m. at the Sutter Club in Sacramento. However, the release noted, "This event is closed to the press."
Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:53AM