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Corruption vs Corporate Social Responsibility And Community-Development Funds - by Tomas DiFiore
“People in the world's richest countries are rightly angry at the increasing job losses and house repossessions. What is less understood is that for much longer, failures by banks and the governments that regulate them have caused untold damage to the economies of some of the poorest countries in the world.” From timber revenues to oil and gas development contracts, vast sums of cash change hands. Banks hide the heists by cabinet members of stolen revenues, and the regimes in power invest...
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:50AM
California Supreme Court to Review North Coast Railroad Environmental Lawsuit - by Teri Shore
For Immediate Release Patty Clary, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) 707.834.4833 Scott Greacen, Friends of the Eel River (FOER) 707.502.4555 Conflicting appellate court decisions create uncertainty regarding environmental assessments required of High Speed Rail and other publicly owned railroads The state’s highest court on Wednesday agreed to review an appeal of a lower court’s decision that would exempt publicly owned railroads from having to comply with California’s ...
Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:08AM
Humboldt Anarchist Bookfair - by Humboldt Grassroots
1611 Peninsula Dr, Manila, CA
Event Date:Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:00AM
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:19PM
Race, Poverty, And Chemical Toxic Trespass - The Critical Distance Of Vulnerability - by Tomas DiFiore
“The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) screened news media reports of 1,275 high consequence incidents over a recent five-year period, 2009–2013. High consequence incidents result in injury, fatality, acute environmental damage, evacuation or shelter-in-place of 500 or more members of the public, onsite property damage greater than $500,000, or offsite property damage. The CSB data do not represent the universe of all chemical incidents.” At the other end of the ...
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:52AM
Honoring Chevron With The Secretary's Award for Corporate Excellence - by Tomas DiFiore
“But we went further in our own assessment of the top 100, we looked at the taxes paid over a period of time and that is why the federal inland revenue service is on the board. We also look at the employment they are generating and they have generated. We look at the level of investment they have in Nigeria and then their contributions in terms of social responsibility.” SIGN THIS PETITION! Tell the State Department: Don't honor Chevron for its "corporate excellence. "http://act.credo...
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 9:17AM
Plans Halted for Widening Highway Through Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— After years of opposition, Caltrans has rescinded its approvals for a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park, along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Conservation groups and local residents this week dismissed a lawsuit they filed in federal court in July in exchange for Caltrans abandoning the project approvals and agreeing to restart the environmental review if the agency pursues the project. Caltrans ha...
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 8:22PM
Pacific NorthWest LNG - North American LNG Exports - B.C. Won't Even Get The Jobs - by Tomas DiFiore
Big Oil And Bigger Oil - The Financial Times ranked the New Seven Sisters on the basis of resource base, level of output, company's ambition, scale of their domestic market, and influence in the industry. In order of prominence, they are Saudi Aramco, Russia's Gazprom, CNPC of China, NIOC of Iran, Venezuela's PDVSA, Brazil's Petrobras and Petronas of Malaysia. The New Seven Sisters control about one-third of the world's oil and gas production and reserves. In contrast, remaining descendants o...
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 11:11AM
Brown Administration Abandons Raid on Fishing License Funds! - by Dan Bacher
The proposed use of the dedicated license funds to "manage" the alleged "marine protected areas" would have been a great mockery of justice, considering that these "marine protected areas" are not authentic ones that actually protect the ocean. The questionable "marine protected areas" created under the MLPA Initiative fail to protect the ocean from fracking, oil drilling, corporate aquaculture, pollution, military testing and all human impacts other than fishing and gathering. Map of...
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 10:04AM
OlympicForest Warfare Range, articles & petitions - by Otter
Three articles and 4 petitions (sign petitions at your leisure. But deadline of 11/28/14 -Greenwich Mean Time- for public comments to US Forest Service) "...Is it legal? And more broadly, is this a new use of the people’s national forest that will set precedent across the country, introducing an increasing, intrusive militarism into our unique and often fragile national parks and national forests where the public seeks peace? ..." "the Navy Auditor wrote: ... The EA-18G (Growler) emits...
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:43PM
Save U.S. Rainforest - Deadline Nov. 28 to comment re WA State Olympic Peninsula - by Marilyn
The last remaining rain forest in the US is ringed by the Olympic National Forest. The US Navy wants to make the area the "Pacific Northwest Electromagnetic Warfare Range" (PNEWR). The deadline to do something to save this precious fragile place is coming soon. This is a big, permanent, expanding, military project that will change the fragile Peninsula forever. It will likely be a prototype for militarizing more and more National Forests and Parks. We need real wilderness, not more militariz...
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:21PM
SB 4 Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations - Second Revised Text of Proposed Regulations - by Tomas DiFiore
SB 4 and Seismic Activity in the Vicinity of Hydraulic Fracturing Subseismic activity of magnitude 2.7 - That's the operator's reponsibility threshold. Under the 'good' neighbor notification and well monitoring protocols, the public can ascertain the timeframe of the operations and monitor the area at the CISN for changes and trends. In the most recent, proposed SB 4 California Well Stimulation Regulations (Second Revised Text), the language regarding well bores and known faults have been s...
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:30AM
Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast - by via Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean.
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:54PM
Investments In Developing Economies Renewables, Clean Energy - Hydrocarbon Extraction - by Tomas DiFiore
The 'poor' will do well to be on their own, and need to be technologically self reliant, as public benefits of natural resource production are drowned in contaminated surface waters, bays, and aquifers, or, are mostly lost in a toxic fog of unknown constituents. Many alternative investment soapbox commentaries speak of the plight of the poor having to pay high prices for kerosene and oil to stay warm. They then shift the conversation to solar and wind. The future of drilling is headed offshor...
Posted: Fri Nov 7, 2014 7:23AM
Voters approve fracking bans in San Benito and Mendocino Counties - by Dan Bacher
“The oil industry’s millions were no match for San Benito County voters determined to protect their air and water from fracking pollution,” said Hollin Kretzmann of the Center for Biological Diversity. “But every California community deserves the same protection, so Gov. Brown needs to act now to halt fracking’s toxic threat to our health and environment.” Measure J victory photo courtesy of Protect San Benito.
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 4:48PM
Fracking Bans Win in Two California Counties, Fail in One - by Sierra Club California
SACRAMENTO—Voters in two California counties were able to overcome a Goliath of an opponent—the oil industry—and pass fracking bans yesterday by wide margins. Measure J in San Benito County passed with 57% of the vote, and Measure S in Mendocino County passed with 67%.
Posted: Wed Nov 5, 2014 10:48AM
Tribal Leaders Urge NO Vote On Prop. 1, the Water Bond - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, said the water bond, peripheral tunnels, Shasta Dam raise and other water projects now being planned by the state and federal governments are in in reality "one Big Project" that will destroy salmon, rivers and groundwater supplies. “It does not make sense that people are separating the water puzzle into individual pieces, such as: the raising of Shasta Dam, Proposition 1, the Delta tunnels, BDCP, Sites Reservoir, Tempe...
Posted: Tue Nov 4, 2014 8:11AM
California Offshore Partial Platform Removal And Decommissioning Study On The Pacific OCS - by Tomas DiFiore
The Laws Are Flawed, But The Model Outputs Are Robust - Are Oil Platforms Off California The Most Productive Marine Fish Habitats Globally? The heralded October Report seems to be more of a PR piece, and as such, is a typical component currently in the petroleum industry PR. It's timing conjuncts with continuing discussions of the 2010 Rigs to Reefs decision in the California Legislature and the approaching time for permitting decommissioning. AB 2305 “The California Marine Resources Legacy...
Posted: Mon Nov 3, 2014 9:33PM
New OCS Oil And Gas Lease Options And Global Offshore Energy Resources - by Tomas DiFiore
The plan at BOEM is to extend the OCS thereby opening up new lease areas off the coasts of North Carolina, and other Atlantic Seaboard States, and if possible politically, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington. It's got to sound good – nationwide. And as you may have recently read, headlines around the nation state oil rigs are beneficial to undersea creatures sustaining 1,000 percent more fish than natural habitats! That's not what the researchers and authors of the new report actual...
Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:42AM
Hoopa Valley Tribe Opposes Proposition 1 - by Dan Bacher
The Hoopa Valley Tribe joins the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Pulga Rancheria Concow Maidu Indians and a broad coalition of fishing groups, grassroots environmental organizations, family farmers, consumer organizations and a labor union in opposition to Prop. 1.
Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:16PM
Lawsuit to Protect Pinto Abalone From Ocean Acidification, Climate Change and Poaching - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Conservation groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today of their intent to sue the agency for delaying Endangered Species Act protection for the pinto abalone, an approximately six-inch snail with an iridescent inner shell that was once common in rocky, intertidal coasts from Alaska to Baja California.
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:27PM