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Decision Delayed on Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The State Department announced today it will delay its decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline to give other government agencies more time to analyze the pipeline’s effects. The announcement — which follows a court ruling earlier this year striking down a Nebraska law allowing the governor, not the state’s utility commission, to decide where the pipeline should be built — makes it unlikely that a decision will be made before the November elections.
Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:02PM
Endangered Gulf Sea Turtles in Trouble Four Years After BP Oil Spill - by Joanna Nasar
Four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle recovery has flatlined.
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:50AM
Unlabeled GMO Salmon? Groups Call on FDA to Rein In Industry Claims - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Food & Water Watch and Center for Food Safety called on FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on April 11 to put an end to erroneous statements by AquaBounty Technologies Vice President, who recently told the press that FDA has already decided that the company’s GMO salmon will be sold without a label. (see PDF)
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:06PM
Approval of LNG Exports Means More Money for Big Oil and Gas, More Fracking In U.S. - by Food & Water Watch
House Subcommittee’s Approval of LNG Exports Means More Money for Big Oil and Gas, More Fracking In U.S. Communities
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:00PM
Federal Agencies Capitulate to Armed Militia: Allow Rancher to Run Trespass Cattle - by Center for Biological Diversity
LAS VEGAS— The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and other federal agencies on April 12 capitulated to threats of violence from armed militia members and ceased their legally and morally required duty to remove trespass cattle from public lands. Even worse, they returned 400 head of cattle confiscated over the past week so they can be illegally turned out on public land again without permit, payment or management.
Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:55PM
US Imposes Diplomatic Sanctions for Icelandic Whaling, Falls Short of Trade Sanctions - by Animal Welfare Institute
WASHINGTON, D.C.– On March 31, President Obama announced that the United States will not impose targeted trade sanctions to address Iceland’s commercial whaling, although the President has revised and repackaged a series of diplomatic measures that US officials will be obligated to implement.
Posted: Sun Apr 6, 2014 1:00PM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Black-backed Woodpeckers in California, Oregon, S. Dakota - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute on April 2 filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to protect black-backed woodpeckers under the Endangered Species Act.
Posted: Fri Apr 4, 2014 6:28PM
Well Failures Fracking California's Future - by Tomas DiFiore
“Are New Fracking Regulations in California Enough?” is the companion article to the Sunset Travel Magazine's article on “The Future of Fracking in California”. The Sunset article, concludes with Paula Getzelman who “believes a moratorium is the best interim measure “to allow time to gather some evidence, whichever way it might go, and allow for more reasonable discussion on both sides.” Some things though, can't be fixed. Dr. Anthony Ingraffea's work is quoted, but what his re...
Posted: Thu Apr 3, 2014 3:02PM
California Sunset: Future Of Fracking And Farming - by Tomas DiFiore
From Sunset Travel Magazine April Issue, Future of Fracking in California: The weakest links in the safety chain, according to experts, are the steel casings and cement that line the wells underground. They’re designed to isolate harmful chemicals from the surrounding environment, but they’re far from infallible 6 to 7 percent of new wells drilled failed within 3 years by “compromised structural integrity,” according to Ingraffea’s research. STOP. Now look at where the quotes appear...
Posted: Tue Apr 1, 2014 2:41PM
International Climate Report: Cutting Meat Consumption Key to Reducing Emissions - by Center for Biological Diversity
TUCSON, Ariz.— The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report today highlights the increasing threat from rising global meat and dairy consumption to limiting global warming, especially as the world population continues to grow.
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:37PM
Top UN Court Orders Japan to End Antarctic Whaling - by Humane Society International
Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement on the ruling of the International Court of Justice that Japan’s whaling program is a breach of the global whaling moratorium and lacks scientific legitimacy in regard to the quotas set and the numbers taken.
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:55PM
Oso, Wa. mudslide not simply a natural disaster - by Andy Freeman
Most people in the U.S. have been submerged in the media bath of coverage on the deadly landslide event in Oso, Wa. that occurred March 22. News reports have highlighted both the tragic loss of life as well as the heroic efforts of rescuers, first to try to save lives and now to find and identify bodies. As of March 30, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed that 18 of the dead have been identified, a further nine or 10 bodies have not been formally identified, and 30 pe...
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:44PM
Earthquakes Pose Threat To Injection And Production Well Integrity - by Tomas DiFiore
Released in March 2014, On Shaky Ground: Fracking, Acidizing, and Increased Earthquake Risk in California was produced by Earthworks, The Center for Biological Diversity, and Clean Water Action. The report analyzes the earthquake risks associated with an increase in wastewater injection that would result from an expansion of fracking and other unconventional oil production in California. Impeccable timing. The recent La Habra earthquake, was felt in at least seven Southern California counties...
Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:24AM
Carbon Money Laundering The Golden State's GHG Emissions - by Tomas DiFiore
The California Air Resources Board Ten Billion Dollar Carbon Market: The Western Climate Initiative (Inc.) CARB created the WCI, Inc., registered as a Delaware corporation, “to perform market monitoring of allowance auctions, and market trading of compliance instruments.” California has Sunshine laws and open hearing regulations, Delaware is not subject to California state open meeting or sunshine laws. Additionally a 100 per cent Leakage Risk Looms Over Fugitive Emissions (100% leakage ...
Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:33PM
Government Accounting Office Report Shows Limited Cost of Environmental Litigation - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A report released on March 26 by the Government Accountability Office (see PDF) demonstrates that litigation brought by environmental groups is not the calamity-inducing threat to the National Forest system that House Republicans have repeatedly claimed for the past three years. The GAO’s analysis shows that from 2001 to 2010, fees awarded in 16 successful lawsuits brought because of violations of the Endangered Species Act amounted to $1.6 million. By contrast, the U.S. Depar...
Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:56PM
Gov. Brown Urged to Investigate Missing Acidizing Reports for Oil Industry Activity - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity called on Gov. Jerry Brown on March 26 to investigate why dozens of legally required notices of a dangerous oil industry practice called “acidizing” are missing from the reporting website of a California agency responsible for collecting information on hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other risky techniques used in oil and gas extraction. Acidizing uses dangerous acids to dissolve underground rock formations and release oil and gas.
Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:53PM
Army Corps Reverses Misguided Policy Requiring Clearing Trees From Levees - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 24 announced a reversal of its policy requiring removal of all trees and shrubs from levees to obtain federal money for disaster assistance. A new interim policy allowing levee vegetation applies nationwide and the Corps has promised a rulemaking to make it permanent. The vegetation removal policy was challenged by conservation groups and opposed by many local flood districts, since vegetation on many levees provides important ha...
Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:49PM
Idaho Lawmakers Pass Bill to Kill Hundreds of Wolves - by Center for Biological Diversity
BOISE, Idaho— The Idaho Legislature on March 20 passed House Bill 470, a bill to create a new lethal “Wolf Depredation Control Board” to administer a fund for widespread killing of wolves in the state. The bill, expected to be signed into law by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, sets aside $400,000 in state funds to kill roughly 500 wolves, leaving just 150 in the entire state.
Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:53PM
California Rejects Controversial SoCal Power-line Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.— The California Public Utilities Commission on March 13 rejected (see PDF) a controversial power-line project proposed in Southern California and instead approved a scaled-down proposal to upgrade existing substations. The new substation and high-voltage power lines would have cut through habitat for endangered species and a rural greenbelt that separates the cities of Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Reduced energy demand (see graph) and fierce opposition from environme...
Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:40PM
Nurses Demand State Dept. Certify that Keystone XL Will Not Have Adverse Health Effects - by National Nurses United
The nation’s largest U.S. organization of nurses today called on Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration to issue a finding that the Keystone XL “will not adversely impact the health and safety of the American people” prior to any final decision on the controversial project.
Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:18PM