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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
Contaminate Migration Expected Under SB 4 “Well Stimulation Regulations” for California - by Tomas DiFiore
Well Casing Failures a.k.a. Sustained Casing Pressures - It's really quite simple to understand, cement shrinks, and cracks. Five per cent of all wells drilled show a cement failure immediately. Based on the history of conventional wells, and recent peer reviewed research: “Probablistically, the range of events expected for longer wells, with higher pressures, larger volumes of frac fluids, and more wells per pad, are that we should expect a higher accident rate. And that is what we're seei...
Posted: Thu Feb 6, 2014 4:05PM
2014 Ocean Fracking Investigation Coastal Commission Report - by Tomas DiFiore
The California Coastal Commission Has Authority to Halt Offshore Fracking. “Approximately half the oil platforms in federal waters in the Santa Barbara Channel discharge all or a portion of their wastewater directly to the ocean, according to a California Coastal Commission document. This produced wastewater contains all of the chemicals injected originally into the fracked wells, with the addition of toxins gathered from the subsurface environment.”
Posted: Thu Feb 6, 2014 4:49AM
Northern California and North Coast Shales, Natural Gas - Diesel Fracking The Sacramento - by Tomas DiFiore
In the northern part of the State, whether coastal or inland, gas basins are non-associated gas basins meaning no-oil is present. The main constituent of the natural gas is methane. The off shore Eel River Natural Gas Basin is comprised of Methane Gas Hydrates, pure methane (nearly) and is technically termed 'dry gas'. Tight-gas, Tight-sands, will it be Acid Stimulation or Frac Fluids and Precious Water Used For Well Stimulation? The map is from Gasland 2. The only map with enough integrity t...
Posted: Tue Feb 4, 2014 1:32PM
A Victory for Richardson Grove - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The California Court of Appeal today ordered Caltrans to reevaluate the environmental impacts of a controversial highway-widening project in Humboldt County that would harm irreplaceable old-growth redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park. The appeals court unanimously found that Caltrans failed to follow the law in assessing impacts on ancient redwoods and providing mitigation measures to reduce potentially severe harm to the trees. Caltrans’ project — intended to al...
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:20PM
Klamath Youth Travel to Brazil to Join Belo Monte Dam Fight - by Dan Bacher
Local youth from the Klamath/Trinity River watershed are making plans to travel to Brazil to lend a hand in the fight against the world’s most destructive dam proposal, Belo Monte, according to a news release from the "Klamazon Delegation." This delegation directly links the struggles of members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk and other tribes to bring down the Klamath Dams and stop the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels with the resistance by indigenous...
Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:14PM
Green Energy Refugees, Bottled Water, And A New Class Of Landowners In America - by Tomas DiFiore
Recycling of frac wastewater and decontamination of produced water is still a hopeful myth. Billions of dollars have been invested by companies expecting to profit on a timely and useful technology. But it's not happening. As reported in October, November, and December of 2013 there were only “recurring losses to other investors that sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into companies that promised to solve water concerns by treating water. Publicly traded targets including Nuverra Environm...
Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:29PM
Antarctic climate change: ice mass loss accelerating, Pine Island Glacier in retreat - by Takver - Climate IMC
The continent of Antarctica is a land of complexity and paradox, especially when talking about climate change. It is our driest and coldest desert on the planet but locks up an enormous amount of fresh water in it's thick ice sheets. The southern ocean surrounds the continent, insulating it from warmer latitudes, but those currents also bring warmer waters from the tropics to interact with the giant ice shelves around the continent.
Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:24AM
Caltrans on Trial: Support Will Parrish - by
Mendocino County Courthouse 100 N. State St. Ukiah, CA
Event Date:Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:30AM
Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:06PM
Former marine protected area chair urges 'caution' in adoption of safety guidelines - by Dan Bacher
“Everyone in the petroleum refining industry is focused on safety," Reheis-Boyd said. "That’s not the issue. The issue is identifying the best possible programs to ensure safe operations and putting those programs into practice in ways that make safety second nature. We must be very careful in how we introduce change, especially into programs that have a long record of acceptance and success.” Photo of offshore oil drilling platform courtesy of: http://qzprod.files.wordpress.com/201...
Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:00PM