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Secretary John Laird, ocean 'protector' - by Dan Bacher
There is no doubt that the oceans are in deep trouble with folks like Secretary John Laird and Senator Fran Pavley in charge of "ocean protection" in California. Laird is one of the worst Natural Resources Secretaries for fish, oceans and the environment in California history.
Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:05AM
Exporting LNG Starts By Drilling Somewhere, Then Everywhere - by Tomas DiFiore
Fracking is a runaway industry, running away with our heritage and our future. There are billion dollar loans and international trade agreements, liens on private landowner's properties, and a toxic legacy not well understood. How long will children suffer ill health effects from frac related air pollution and contaminated water? How long does it take for Green Energy Refugees across America to recover financially from selling property and homes at steep intervals below market value to escape...
Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:28PM
Northern California Rivers and Fish Doomed Absent Immediate Agency Action - by Dan Bacher
“The Scott River and other North Coast rivers are literally sucked dry, leaving salmon no place to spawn and robbing the Karuk and other tribal people of a critical cultural resource,” says Leaf Hillman of the Karuk Tribe. Photo of dry Scott River bed by the Klamath Riverkeeper.
Posted: Fri Apr 4, 2014 11:33AM
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
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
Fracking California's Farmland - Sunset Travel Magazine, & CapRadio - by Tomas DiFiore
In one week, a quantity of water which could serve the yearly needs of 5,000 – 7,000 California families is pumped down into the ground, as steam. It comes back out with the oil, as produced water. As production falls off, steam injection is again applied, hence the term “Cyclic Steam Injection”. That means that in one year, in one oil field in California, the quantity of water used to steam the earth would serve 60,000 to 70,000 households (single family of four, 3 bedroom) including l...
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:18PM
Injunction Sought to Halt Unnecessary Caltrans Highway-widening in Smith River Canyon - by Center for Biological Diversity
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.— Conservation groups filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court on March 20 to halt construction of a Caltrans highway-widening project that would harm threatened coho salmon runs and undermine public safety along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon in California’s remote Del Norte County. The project is aimed at widening narrow sections of highways 197 and 199 to provide access for oversized trucks. The conservation groups had challenged Caltrans’ appr...
Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:49PM
North Coast Fracking, Mendocino and Humboldt County - by Tomas DiFiore
The presence or absence of 'known' producible areal extents of hydrocarbons shifts, bounded by the historical and chronological use of available of technology, and the shifts in area operations due to asset maturity, unstable political climate, citizen actions, Legislative actions, and investments as detailed in a company's forward looking (SEC) profile and production portfolio.
Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:32AM
Whales and Sea Turtles Win This One - No CA Driftnet Expansion - by terishore
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In an important victory for ocean wildlife, federal fishery managers in Sacramento today decided not to expand driftnet fishing into protected sea turtle habitat along the California coast because it would significantly raise the risk of capture and drowning of endangered whales, sea turtles and dolphins.
Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:41PM
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
More Whales Slaughtered in Whale Sanctuary - Bob Barker under attack for the third time - by SSCS Australia report
Today, Sunday March 2, at approximately 10:05 AEDT, Sea Shepherd located the factory vessel of the Japanese whaling fleet, the Nisshin Maru, at 74°23’ S, 178°55’ W inside the Ross Sea Dependency, with a dead, protected Minke Whale onboard, and blood running from the side of the ship. Slabs of whale meat were also photographed on the deck, along with the severed head of a recently butchered whale.
Posted: Sun Mar 2, 2014 1:24AM
Harnessing the wind to fight the storms of climate change - by Takver - Climate IMC
How Offshore wind turbines can win a david and goliath battle with hurricanes. Here is a lateral idea: build large offshore wind farms that provide electricity from day to day, but also substantially decrease damaging hurricane or tropical cyclone wind speed and storm surge.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:44PM
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
Frac King Drills Democracy In Corporate Civil Rights Case - by Tomas DiFiore
No Horizontal Drilling, No Hydraulic Fracturing, No Drilling For Oil, No Exploring For Natural Gas In Mora County, New Mexico. Mora County passed an ordinance in April 2012, that bans drilling for oil and gas, bans the use of water for hydraulic fracturing, and declares that corporations aren't people. A Ban ... To Eliminate The Constitutional Rights And Privileges Of Corporations, sounds fine.
Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:27AM
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