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Tunnel Opponents: BDCP Is On Life Support - by Dan Bacher
“BDCP’s friends and family anxiously expressed hope that an infusion of additional millions of dollars and months of treatment would enable the project to recover,” quipped Bill Jennings, CSPA Executive Director. “However, the EPA comments coming on top of some 4,500 pages of searing reviews by municipalities, counties and water agencies that would be adversely impacted by the project, almost 2,000 pages of highly critical comments by environmental and fishing organizations, hundreds ...
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:15PM
Federal Scientific Review Highlights Grave Risks of California Fracking - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A scientific review released on August 28 by the federal government finds that fracking pollution threatens California’s air and water, but the study is based on just a few months of data and suffers from state regulators’ unlawful failure to report information on more than 100 instances of fracking and other dangerous well-stimulation activities.
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:53AM
Judge rejects Westlands bid to stop releases for Klamath salmon - by Dan Bacher
“The flow augmentation releases are designed to prevent a potentially serious fish die-off from impacting salmon populations entering the Klamath River estuary," ruled U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill. Photo of Water Warriors at "Bring Our Water Home" at Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River on August 27. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:01PM
Bay Delta Conservation Plan Delayed! - by Dan Bacher
Tom Stokely, Water Policy Analyst with the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), said he was not surprised with the delay in the BCP and accompanying federal documents. "This is not unexpected because we knew the environmental documents were fatally flawed," said Stokely. "The problem is that that they can't fix the BDCP because the project can't meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act and other state and federal environmental laws." Photo: Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritu...
Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:26AM
EASTWEST #3: An Anarchist Newspaper - by EASTWEST
New issue of EASTWEST that was released and distributed at a benefit for those arrested in Ferguson. Includes articles and report backs on recent actions against police terror in Oakland. at the Port of Oakland against Israeli attacks on Gaza, updates on the West Oakland Specific Plan (WOSP), and a feature on the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA.
Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:27PM
After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. During the same period it is estimated that these once-common iconic orange and black butterflies may have lost more than...
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:10PM
Westlands asks Court to block releases for Klamath River salmon - by Dan Bacher
Mike Orcutt, Hoopa Valley Tribe Fisheries Director, said, "Hopefully, logic will prevail as the Judge has the same issue that he will be issuing a ruling on from last year's case." "A New TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) would only be issued if plaintiff can show 'irreparable' harm from BOR's action and they are already getting maximum deliveries from Trinity anyway. Moreover, BOR has already established its water deliveries so they won't be harmed by reductions in their water deliveries....
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:03PM
Keep the Fracking Pressure on Candidates @ the Debate - by Ash Lauth
California Channel, 1121 L St # 110, Sacramento, CA 95814
Event Date:Thu Sep 4, 2014 6:00PM
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:11PM
United States Port Actions End Business as Usual For Israel - by Steven Argue
“An injury to one is an injury to all! Tear down the Israeli Apartheid wall!” Declared third generation Oakland ILWU member Clarence Thomas at a rally of 2,000 to 3,000 people that marked the beginning of pickets and demonstrations that drove the Israeli Zim Piraeus ship from the Port of Oakland with only about 2% of its cargo unloaded. The call for these pickets and strike actions originally came from the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) which has asked worke...
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:05AM
Spotted Owls Living in Rim Fire Area Slated for Massive Logging Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— New data from California’s Rim fire area shows there are at least 37 occupied owl territories in burned forest that the U.S. Forest Service wants to substantially cut as part of a post-fire logging project. Government surveys conducted this spring and summer in the Stanislaus National Forest, where last year’s Rim fire burned, found 33 owl pairs as well as six single owls. The majority are in the area where the agency has proposed to cut more than 600 million board feet o...
Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:58PM
Reclamation releases additional flows to avert Klamath River fish kill! - by Dan Bacher
"We have determined that unprecedented conditions over the past few weeks in the lower Klamath River require us to take emergency measures to help reduce the potential for a large-scale fish die-off,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. “This decision was made based on science and after consultation with Tribes, water and power users, federal and state fish regulatory agencies, and others.”
Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:30AM
C-WIN Opposes Wasteful 'Porcine' Water Bond - by Dan Bacher
"In sum, Proposition 1 encompasses all the usual porcine metaphors used to describe wasteful government initiatives: It is both a pig in a poke, and the rankest variety of political pork," according to a news release from the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). Photo of the Delta Mendota Canal, California Aqueduct and Interstate Five courtesy of the California Department of Water Resources.
Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:57PM
CSPA Wins Major Clean Water Act Lawsuit Against Water Board - by Dan Bacher
A Sacramento Superior Court Judge ruled that the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board violated the Clean Water Act in issuing an inadequate wastewater discharge permit to the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. "The ruling in the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance lawsuit provides additional protection for fisheries and water quality in the Sacramento River and Delta and will improve the wastewater treatment plant permitting process throughout the regio...
Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:44PM
Tribal members rally in Sacramento to stop Klamath River fish kill - by Dan Bacher
“I told Murillo that if there is a fish kill, he is responsible for genocide,” said Annelia Hillman, a member of the Klamath Justice Coalition and Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:29AM
Out Of The Monterey Shale Downgrade Rises Wind On The Wings Of A Rising Solar Phoenix - by Tomas DiFiore
Whatever PR and debate surrounds production of oil from the Monterey Shale Formation, in no way affects non-associated - Northern California Tight Gas production, North Coast Tight Sands (tight gas) exploration and production targets i.e., the Eel River Basin in Humboldt County, or the lust for new offshore leases on the North Coast of oil, natural gas and methane hydrates. One day before the EIA reduced the estimates of the Monterey Shale deposits, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors b...
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:14PM
Israeli Ship Continues to be Successfully Blocked at the Port of Oakland - by Steven Argue
The call for this strike action originally came from the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) which has asked workers around the world to refuse to handle Israeli goods.
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:45PM
Klamath River Tribes Confront Feds for Water Releases To Prevent Fish Kill - by Klamath Justice Coalition
Sacramento, California – Hundreds of Tribal members and supporters from the Trinity and Klamath Rivers converged at the Bureau of Reclamation in Sacramento today. They demanded increased water flows, known as preventative flows, from Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River, the largest tributary of the Klamath River. They also asked that more water be let out of Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath.
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:09PM
Big Oil has spent over $63 million on lobbying in Sacramento since 2009 - by Dan Bacher
Only in the oil-soaked politics of "Green California" would an oil lobbyist charged with the task of creating "marine protected areas" go on record against protecting a "state marine reserve" from oil drilling!
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:36PM
California Fair Sentencing Act Passes Out of Assembly - by ACLU of Northern California
SACRAMENTO, CA — Facing its final vote in the Assembly, the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010) authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won strong approval on a bi-partisan vote on August 14. SB 1010 now returns to the Senate for a final procedural vote before being sent to the Governor.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:21PM
546,335 Acres in 9 Western States Proposed as Critical Habitat for Yellow-billed Cuckoos - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect more than a half-million acres of critical habitat across the West for the yellow-billed cuckoo, a songbird that lives along rivers and streams. The bird was proposed for Endangered Species Act protection in October 2013 as part of a 2011 agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed protection decisions for 757 imperiled species nationwide. Today’s proposal would protect 546,335 acres of stream...
Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:36PM