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Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Silvery Phacelia in Oregon and California - by Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore.— Eight conservation groups filed a petition (see PDF) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on March 7 seeking Endangered Species Act protection for silvery phacelia, a rare plant that grows on a 130-mile stretch of coast from Coos and Curry counties in southern Oregon to Del Norte County in northern California. The flowering plant is at risk of extinction due to off-road vehicles, development and nonnative beach grass. There are fewer than 30 surviving populations of the s...
Posted: Fri Mar 7, 2014 12:18PM
California ocean salmon season looks promising - by Dan Bacher
Marci Yaremko, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) representative on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) answers a question about the upcoming salmon season as Dan Wolford, PFMC chair, listens at the CDFW meeting in Santa Rosa on February 26. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:33PM
FracFree Mendocino And California Coastal Agricultural Counties - by Tomas DiFiore
Conventional exploration and production methods, particularly those preceding the 1980's technological advancements in electronic logging of well data and cores, gave the gamble of drilling a producing well - a well known moniker, “I'd rather be lucky than smart”. Even advancements in 2-D imagery of potential deposits of oil and gas left behind a lot of dry holes. Through advancements with 3-D sub-strata imaging of vast geologic regions within the last decade the guesswork is now minimiz...
Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:55AM
Frac Free Mendocino County: A Supposition - by Tomas DiFiore
SB 4 itself does not contain language concerning preemption of other local laws. Rather, the “savings clause” indicates that all other applicable laws still apply, including local laws. Therefore, the door is open for more local bans or restrictions on hydraulic fracturing in California.
Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:25PM
Dog Owned by Scientist Studying Rat Poison Is Poisoned - by Center for Biological Diversity
ARCATA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity today announced a $2,500 reward for information about the fatal poisoning of a Northern California dog owned by a leading researcher studying how the same controversial poison affects endangered species.
Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:11AM
Former marine protected area science co-chair pleads guilty to embezzlement charge - by Dan Bacher
The validity of the science employed by the MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team under LeValley’s leadership becomes even more suspect when one considers that LeValley and the Team repeatedly and inexplicably refused to allow the Yurok Tribe to present their scientific studies regarding "marine protected areas." The Tribe exposed the questionable science of the MLPA Initiative in a statement on June 6, 2012. (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/06/17/18715613.php)
Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:22PM
Endangered Species Act Saves Rare Fish in California and Oregon - by Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on February 12 (see PDF) that Endangered Species Act protections have successfully recovered the Modoc sucker, a fish native to south central Oregon and the Pit River basin in northeastern California. The sucker was granted federal protection in 1985 due to streambank erosion from cattle grazing and predation from nonnative brown trout. At the time of listing, the sucker was only found in seven streams in two watersheds, occupying...
Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:43PM
Update To 25 Years Of Ocean Protection - No Offshore Oil Drilling North Coast - by Tomas DiFiore
This Interim Moratorium On Fracking In Mendocino County, also seeks to employ language that encompasses evolving technologies which may attempt to open up or seek access to, untapped reservoirs or known reserves, whether onshore or offshore, in the unincorporated areas of Mendocino County.
Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:23AM
Northern California and North Coast Shales, Natural Gas - Diesel Fracking The Sacramento - by Tomas DiFiore
In the northern part of the State, whether coastal or inland, gas basins are non-associated gas basins meaning no-oil is present. The main constituent of the natural gas is methane. The off shore Eel River Natural Gas Basin is comprised of Methane Gas Hydrates, pure methane (nearly) and is technically termed 'dry gas'. Tight-gas, Tight-sands, will it be Acid Stimulation or Frac Fluids and Precious Water Used For Well Stimulation? The map is from Gasland 2. The only map with enough integrity t...
Posted: Tue Feb 4, 2014 1:32PM
A Victory for Richardson Grove - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The California Court of Appeal today ordered Caltrans to reevaluate the environmental impacts of a controversial highway-widening project in Humboldt County that would harm irreplaceable old-growth redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park. The appeals court unanimously found that Caltrans failed to follow the law in assessing impacts on ancient redwoods and providing mitigation measures to reduce potentially severe harm to the trees. Caltrans’ project — intended to al...
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:20PM
Klamath Youth Travel to Brazil to Join Belo Monte Dam Fight - by Dan Bacher
Local youth from the Klamath/Trinity River watershed are making plans to travel to Brazil to lend a hand in the fight against the world’s most destructive dam proposal, Belo Monte, according to a news release from the "Klamazon Delegation." This delegation directly links the struggles of members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk and other tribes to bring down the Klamath Dams and stop the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels with the resistance by indigenous...
Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:14PM
Caltrans on Trial: Support Will Parrish - by
Mendocino County Courthouse 100 N. State St. Ukiah, CA
Event Date:Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:30AM
Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:06PM
Former marine protected area chair urges 'caution' in adoption of safety guidelines - by Dan Bacher
“Everyone in the petroleum refining industry is focused on safety," Reheis-Boyd said. "That’s not the issue. The issue is identifying the best possible programs to ensure safe operations and putting those programs into practice in ways that make safety second nature. We must be very careful in how we introduce change, especially into programs that have a long record of acceptance and success.” Photo of offshore oil drilling platform courtesy of: http://qzprod.files.wordpress.com/201...
Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:00PM
Expanded Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Killer Whales on West Coast - by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal petition on January 16 (see PDF) with the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect more critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident population of killer whales. If successful the proposal would extend Endangered Species Act protection to the whales’ winter foraging range off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.
Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:06PM
$350 million available to North Coast, Central Coast and San Francisco Bay - by Tomas DiFiore
The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Flood Protection Act of 2014, SB 42 authored by Senator Lois Wolk, addresses California water woes in ways that strive protect the rights of and needs of people and their health and safety throughout the State. SB 42 is a Capital budget language equivalent, of numerous concerns related to the December 24, 2013 addition of clarification language to SB 4. In it's own way, SB 42 addresses, among current neglected impacts, potential cumulative impacts i...
Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:34PM
Frac ALERT for Coastal and Northern California Basin Aquifers - by Tomas DiFiore
Two weeks ago, and with just 7-9 days left to make comments, - Clarification language was added by DOGGR that an aquifer deemed exempt under the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act is not protected water. Much of this comes from the Underground Injection Program, basically left out of the 'new' fracking regulations. Except, that is, as it benefits the industry, with clarification of remote aquifer exemptions to assist extractive industrial surface leases by alter-legal claims on subsurface water rig...
Posted: Tue Jan 7, 2014 2:22PM
Karuk Tribe and Klamath Riverkeeper settle Shasta River ESA lawsuit - by Dan Bacher
The Agreement focuses on a new management strategy for Dwinnell Reservoir as opposed to cutting flows to irrigators so MWCD should not see a big difference in the volumes of water it diverts. “We worked hard to find a solution that would start the fisheries restoration process but keep our neighbors in agriculture whole,” said Karuk Chairman Buster Attebery. Photo of Shasta River Canyon by Klamath Riverkeeper.
Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:22PM
Eel River Basin Natural Gas and Fracking in Humboldt - by Tomas DiFiore
There is an enormous natural gas basin off the Humboldt Coast. Exploration has already begun. I think the companies holding the leases are holding back on production contracts with drillers including frackers, and are awaiting the outcome of DOGGR Final Regulations January 1, 2015 and the SB 4 requirements along with the WSPA who-do voodoo man, Governor Jerry Brown's insistence that wells be grouped for the EIR, and then let's get drilling!
Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:35PM
Charges of Racial and Sex Discrimination in Humboldt County Schools - by ACLU of Northern California
San Francisco – The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the National Center for Youth Law Wednesday charged that school officials in the Humboldt County towns of Eureka and Loleta, home to some of the state’s largest Native American communities, intentionally discriminate against Native American and Black students, and allow pervasive racial and sexual harassment to go unchallenged.
Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:32PM
Federal Court Allows Destructive Willits Bypass Project to Move Forward - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A federal judge ruled on December 19 that the California Department of Transportation’s environmental review and permits for the Willits Bypass were adequate and the agency can continue construction of a four-lane freeway around the community of Willits in Mendocino County. The disappointing ruling comes despite the fact that construction has destroyed and damaged sensitive wetlands, the headwaters of salmon-bearing streams, oak woodlands and endangered species habitats.
Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:47PM