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Feds urged to halt fracking off California coast - by Dan Bacher
“Oil companies are fracking California’s beautiful coastal waters with dangerous chemicals, and federal officials seem barely aware of the dangers,” said Miyoko Sakashita, an attorney and director of the Center’s oceans program. “We need an immediate halt to offshore fracking before chemical pollution or an oil spill poisons the whales and other wildlife that depend on California’s rich coastal waters.” Photo of banner over Noyo Harbor bridge during historic protest against t...
Posted: Thu Oct 3, 2013 4:55PM
The Five Inconvenient Truths about the MLPA Initiative - by Dan Bacher
California Department of Fish and Wildlife leaders and other state officials fail to acknowledge the "inconvenient truths" about the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative that the new “marine protected areas” in California were created under.
Posted: Sat May 25, 2013 12:54PM
Counter-Currents on the Run! - by Circle Ansuz Bay Area Leidang
The Circle Ansuz Bay Area Leidang has been actively pursuing Counter-Currents Publishing for the last several months. We have recently learned they are claiming to have left the Bay Area and have moved to San Diego, CA.
Posted: Thu May 16, 2013 10:28AM
Blackwater to enforce California's marine protected areas - by Dan Bacher
"It's time to get tough with anglers who cross the line into our pristine marine reserves, now that the glorious network of marine protected areas, created under the most open and transparent process in world history, is in place from the California/Oregon stateline to the U.S./Mexico border," said Chuck Bonham, Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. "Blackwater is renowned for its no-holds barred enforcement style and we want every angler to know that they will treat vio...
Posted: Mon Apr 1, 2013 8:45AM
C-WIN slams Brown's call to build the twin tunnels - by Dan Bacher
C-WIN’s Executive Director Carolee Krieger responded, “Governor Brown is not giving the full cost of the Peripheral Tunnels when he says it will cost $14 billion. The cost will easily exceed $60 billion by the time financing, cost overruns, mitigation, operations and maintenance are counted. Californians will spend billions for tunnels with not a drop more of water delivered to our cities and no benefits to the environment." Photo of the Sacramento River at Hamilton City by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:57PM
California Waterkeepers Announce New Director of Statewide Alliance - by California Coastkeeper Alliance
“We’ve made huge strides in controlling pollution from pipes, but toxic runoff from agriculture operations, the urban landscape and industrial facilities still plagues our coasts, bays, and rivers,” said Aminzadeh. “It is a low profile, high-impact problem that degrades the California way of life and our state’s ocean and tourist-based economy.”
Posted: Mon Nov 5, 2012 5:19PM
North-Central and Southern California MPA Guidebooks Available - by Dan Bacher
The DFG and state officials refuse to acknowledge the inconvenient truths about the MLPA Initiative. These include the fact that Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the president of the Western States Petroleum Association, served on the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Forces for the South Coast, Central Coast, North Central Coast and North Coast. Reheis-Boyd, a relentless advocate for offshore oil drilling, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the Keystone XL Pipeline and the weakening of environmental laws, CHAIR...
Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:45PM
Commission to discuss whale-killing Diablo Canyon seismic testing - by Dan Bacher
Julie Tacker, San Luis Obispo activist and former LOSCD director, summarized the tremendous risk the seismic testing presents to whales, dolphins and other marine life, as revealed on page 121 of the "Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project Environmental Assessment" under Section 4.12.5, Potential Numbers of 'Takes by Harassment.' (http://calcoastnews.com/2012/08/the-gory-details-of-diablos-seismic-testing) “The worst case scenario (including a 25% contingency) ‘take’ coun...
Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:19AM
More “seismic testing” in the works for offshore California - by David Gurney
Whether the expensive seismic surveys will be allowed to continue in the face of ever increasing evidence of the urgency to immediately and permanently shut-down both the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre nuclear power plants remains to be seen. Photo of Alison Dettmer, Deputy Director of the California Coastal Commission.
Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:29PM
Guide to Southern California 'marine protected areas' now available - by Dan Bacher
I applaud the DFG for releasing the guide, which will enable recreational anglers and commercial fishermen to more easily follow the new regulations. However, there are five “inconvenient truths” about the alleged "marine protected areas" that the DFG fails to mention in its release and guide.
Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:30PM
Give Southern California ratepayers and the Delta a chance - by Dan Bacher
The tunnel plan is a bad deal for salmon, Delta farmers and Southern California ratepayers. The LA Times, rather than saying "Give the Bay Delta Conservation Plan a chance," should proclaim, "Give salmon, the Delta and Southern California ratepayers a chance." Photo of California Aqueduct courtesy of Wikipedia.
Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:53AM
Conflicts of interest, terminally flawed science taint MLPA Initiative - by Dan Bacher
While Michelle Woo's article in the Orange County Weekly is much more fair and fact-based than most other pieces written about the alleged "marine protected areas" that went into effect in Southern California on January 1, there are five "inconvenient truths" about the MLPA fiasco that Woo is apparently not aware of.
Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:25PM
'Marine guardian' lobbies to weaken climate change regulations - by Dan Bacher
"The current fuels policies will have significant unintended consequences on California's refiners, and consequently their employees, consumers and the state," claimed Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association, who served as Chair of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force for the South Coast. "California can and should continue to play a leadership role on climate change polices but we need to begin now to chart a new course for securing our emission reduction goal...
Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:09AM
Diver convicted of poaching lobsters in marine reserve - by Dan Bacher
While a poacher was fined over $20,000 and sentenced to a week in jail for poaching 47 lobsters inside a "marine protected area," the state and federal governments are allowed to kill tens of millions of fish every year with impunity in order to export massive amounts of Delta water to wealthy corporate agribusiness interests on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and southern California water agencies. There is no "Wild Justice" for the millions of Sacramento splittail, striped bass, thr...
Posted: Sun May 13, 2012 2:27AM
Bay MLPA process delayed until peripheral canal plan completed - by Dan Bacher
"We look forward to continuing to work with all local, state and federal agencies dedicated to ensuring successful marine planning and protection for San Francisco Bay subsequent to completing planning efforts in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird and Director of Fish and Game Chuck Bonham.
Posted: Mon May 7, 2012 5:33PM
Blackwater to enforce 'Yosemites of the Sea' - by Dan Bacher
The DFG on April Fool's Day announced its new, nonsense approach to Fish and Game Code violations - and its innovative "solution" to enforcing the landmark "Yosemites of the Sea."
Posted: Tue Apr 3, 2012 8:05AM
MLPA Initiative doesn't create 'Yosemites of the Sea' - by Dan Bacher
There is no doubt that John Muir, who fought successfully for the preservation of the Yosemite Valley and unsuccessfully for the preservation of the Hetch Hetchy Valley on the Tuolumne River, and Teddy Roosevelt, the founder of the country's National Parks, would be outraged about these so-called "marine protected areas" being called "Yosemites of the Sea" if they were still alive. Photo of Vernal Falls courtesy of the National Park Service.
Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:32PM
DFG Volunteer Academy: training MLPA Initiative spies? - by Dan Bacher
The announcement of the launch of the academy in Los Angeles and Orange Counties takes place at a very curious time - just two months after so-called "marine protected areas," created under the "leadership" of a big oil lobbyist under the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative process, went into effect in Southern California waters.
Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:40AM
Guide to new "marine protected areas" available online - by Dan Bacher
Unfortunately, the DFG failed to point out that the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative that created the South Coast "marine protected areas" is privately funded by the shadowy Resources Legacy Fund Foundation and backed by some of the worst corporate greenwashers on the planet, including the Western States Petroleum Association, Walmart and Safeway Stores.
Posted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:12AM
Court denies Commission motion to dismiss Coastside MLPA lawsuit - by Dan Bacher
"The corrupt and illegal MLPA Initiative process will be exposed and overturned eventually," said John Lewallen, North Coast environmental leader and co-founder of the Ocean Protection Coalition and North Coast Seaweed Rebellion. "The brave fishermen and fisherwomen of Coastside Fishing Club are protecting ocean access and government by the people, now under assault by private corporate interests." Map of North Central Coast "marine protected areas." The Coastside Fishing Club in December ...
Posted: Thu Feb 2, 2012 9:10PM