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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
Money, Morals, Population, and Profit – All Heading For Collapse - by Tomas DiFiore
“Agricultural energy consumption includes energy needed to grow and harvest crops and energy needed to grow livestock. Crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations, and energy expenditures for crops account for a higher percentage of farm operating costs. Nitrogenous (ammonia-based) fertilizers require large amounts of natural gas as a feedstock and provide heat and power for processing. The U.S. nitrogenous fertilizer industry consumed more than 200 trillion Btu of na...
Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:41PM
MLPA Initiative funder pledged $250 million for Mauna Kea telescope - by Dan Bacher
“The TMT is an atrocity the size of Aloha Stadium,” said Kamahana Kealoha, a Hawaiian cultural practitioner and organizer of those who held a protest today at Mauna Kea, where a scheduled groundbreaking ceremony was delayed. “It is like building a sky-scraper on top of the mountain, a place that is being violated in many ways culturally, environmentally and spiritually.” Photo of protest at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation offices today in solidarity with protests to stop the bui...
Posted: Tue Oct 7, 2014 8:38PM
Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for 16 Rare Amphibians and Reptiles in California - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to decide whether 16 increasingly rare amphibians and reptiles in California warrant consideration for Endangered Species Act protection. The Center first petitioned for these species — the western pond turtle, southern rubber boa, western spadefoot, foothill yellow-legged frog, Colorado Desert fringe-toed lizard, sandstone night lizard and ni...
Posted: Tue Oct 7, 2014 8:07PM
Judge rejects Westlands lawsuit blocking Trinity River flows - by Dan Bacher
"Straight up, if the Bureau of Reclamation did not make the decision to augment flows on the Klamath, we would be right now cleaning up thousands of salmon carcasses on the river,” said Thomas P. O'Rourke, Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “We applaud Judge O'Neill's decision. We need to do everything possible to ensure in-basin fish needs are met and to prevent another heartbreaking tragedy on the Klamath River." Photo of Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 3:37PM
Governor signs Chesbro bill to protect fisheries from ‘frankenfish’ - by Dan Bacher
“As chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture since 2010, every year I have authored an ‘omnibus’ bill to protect California fisheries and enhance commercial and sport fishing in the state,” Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro said. “The idea for this year’s bill – to protect our irreplaceable salmon and steelhead fisheries – came out of the annual Fisheries Forum that the Joint Committee hosted at the Capitol earlier this year."
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 8:44AM
New Marijuana Practices in California: Private Security Firm Raiding Mendocino Pot Farms - by markthshark
They wear camouflaged uniforms, bearing military-style insignia. They ride helicopters over the forests of Mendocino County, Calif., on the state's north coast, equipped with firearms, where they cut down illegal marijuana. But they aren't the army. They aren't even the police. They are Lear Asset Management (no phone listing or company website), a private security firm that is attracting a lot of attention for the work it's doing -- and even perhaps some work it hasn't done.
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:33PM
What is Solitary Confinement? - by Abdul Olugbala Shakur
This is an analysis written recently, and re-printed with permission, by Abdul Olugbala Shakur, a New Afrikan Revolutionary Prisoner currently in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay State Prison. Abdul here discusses the modern manifestations of isolation/solitary confinement and its potential impacts on prison organizing (both inside and out). Please share! If you would like to write to Abdul, his contact information is at the bottom of the article. thanks! -Carl
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:59AM
Pomo Leaders, AIM elders and Activists Shut Down Caltrans Construction - by Karen Pickett
Tribal Pomo Representatives, AIM elders and Environmentalists Take Action for Ancient Native Sites and Wetlands. Trucks Dumping Fill are Shut Down at the site of the under-construction Caltrans Willits Bypass in Mendocino County. The Native participants, from Coyote Valley, Sherwood Valley, Potter Valley and the American Indian Movement entered the construction site with the AIM flag, banners and drums for prayers and direct action in conjunction with local environmental activists.
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:14PM
Feds release emergency flows after fish parasite found in Klamath - by by Dan Bacher
“While there has not been a confirmation that any fish have died as a result of Ich, we are extremely concerned that there could be another fish kill in the coming weeks if additional flows are not released. We appreciate that the Bureau of Reclamation heeded our request to send emergency flows down the Klamath River,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chair of the Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:11PM