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Snake Valley Festival in Baker NV fights SNWA ‘Water Grab’ - by By Garrett Estrada
The annual Snake Valley Festival held in Baker, NV featured signs focusing on protecting local aquifers from the Southern Nevada Water Authority's proposed pipeline to Las Vegas. Residents of the Snake and Spring Valleys are trying to raise awareness that if the SNWA pipeline is built the water beneath their feet will be taken to Las Vegas for the benefit of golf courses, fountains and other unsustainable development. Entire spring fed ecosystems will collapse and species like the spring snai...
Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:55AM
Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishery Restricted to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles - by Joanna Nasar
What does el Nino mean for loggerhead sea turtles and a deadly fishery? Read below to find out.
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:29AM
DuPont Refuses Treatment of Toxic TCE Plume; Form Phosgene Smog Over Lake - by DuPont Profits Trump Life
For several decades a DuPont ammunition plant in Pompton Lakes, NJ has leaked pollution into the groundwater and chemical gases (TCE, PCE and others) have seeped into resident’s basements causing cancer and other health disorders. The DuPont Corporation refuses to clean their pollution site and the EPA ignores the residents and works their magic on them with deceptive words. Latest plan for remediation by DuPont is to have the plume washed into the lake with fast moving solvents. They forgo...
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:55AM
California Court Rules Against Dangerous Oil Development Near Pinnacles National Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif.— Citing concerns about water use and contamination, a Monterey County Superior Court judge has ruled that San Benito County unlawfully approved a dangerous new oil-development project near Pinnacles National Park that could result in hundreds of wells being drilled in important agricultural and wildlife habitat in the Salinas Valley watershed. As the judge’s ruling notes, “There are numerous opportunities for toxic spills to occur that the County has apparently not cont...
Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:35PM
Obama Admin. Clears Way for Dynamite-Like Blasts to Search for Oil & Gas Off East Coast - by Oceana
WASHINGTON – Today, the Obama administration released a decision authorizing the use of dynamite-like blasts to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor in an area twice the size of California, stretching from Delaware to Florida. While the decision includes limited protections for species like the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, of which there are less than 500 left worldwide, Oceana says they do not go far enough to combat the threats posed to fisheries...
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:59PM
Free Snapshot Contest Educates Public About California’s Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles - by Joanna Nasar
To raise awareness about these sea turtles, Turtle Island Restoration Network and the California Coastal Conservancy are sponsoring the California Sea Turtle Hero Photo Contest this summer with fabulous prizes.
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:44PM
Lawsuit Launched to Halt Destruction of 14,000 Acres of Condor Habitat at Tejon Ranch - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Condor advocates, conservationists and American Indians this week notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service they intend to sue over the agency’s approval of a “habitat conservation plan” that will destroy 14,000 acres of designated critical habitat for the California condor, one of the world’s most endangered birds. The habitat is entirely located on Tejon Ranch, north of Los Angeles, and will be destroyed by the development of the proposed Tejon Mountain Village re...
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:50PM
please save water - by Skweakee Phelan + Pamela D. Phelan
California's current drought means every person, including farmers, MUST use less water!
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:31AM
Dolores Park in San Francisco DESTROYED - is Peoples' Park in Berkeley NEXT? - by two-feather
Dolores Park, an Indigenous Sacred Site and iconic San Francisco city park, has been destroyed by the forces of gentrification, and we believe that Muwekma [Peoples'] Park in Berkeley is next.
Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:18AM
Caltrans Agrees to Reevaluate Impacts of Del Norte Highway Project on Endangered Salmon - by Center for Biological Diversity
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.— In response to a lawsuit by conservation groups, Caltrans has agreed to reassess impacts of a controversial highway-widening project in Del Norte County on protected salmon and their habitat along the wild and scenic Smith River. A settlement agreement will keep in place a court-ordered halt of construction work until Caltrans completes consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation ...
Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:50PM
SB 1371 The Methane Leakage Abatement Workforce Act - by Tomas DiFiore
Since 1992, there have been 5,643 explosions that have resulted in fatalities, hospitalization, at least $50,000 in property damage, excessive release of liquids in the environment or unintentional fire or explosion, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). They calculate that these incidents have cost 373 human lives, and more than $6 billion in property damage over the last 20 years. And where there are gas pipelines - gathering lines at the well, tra...
Posted: Tue Jul 8, 2014 2:12AM
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Puts Contract Renewal With Wildlife Services on Hold - by Center for Biological Diversity
EUREKA, Calif.— One day after a broad coalition of national animal and conservation groups urged the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to terminate its contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, the board assented to a citizen request to delay consideration of contract renewal for at least a month in order to reevaluate the issues.
Posted: Wed Jul 2, 2014 7:12PM
El Niño Triggers Urgent Need, Legal Requirement to Close Fishery to Protect Endangered Sea - by Joanna
Conservation groups called out the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to implement the legally-mandated closure of the drift gillnet fishery in Southern California waters to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles. l Niño conditions — warmer than normal waters — attract endangered loggerhead sea turtles to fishing grounds, where they risk entanglement in nets.
Posted: Tue Jul 1, 2014 1:03PM
Redwood Forest Logging Plan Causes Uproar in Boulder Creek - by Kevin Collins via Sierra Club
"Roughly a year ago the Santa Cruz County staff responsibility for Timber Harvest Plan Review was moved from the County Department of Environmental Health to the Planning Department. Unfortunately all of the institutional memory and knowledge about this crucial County responsibility has been lost from the Planning Department through retirements and staff resignations. It has been many years since the Planning Department was involved in logging permit review....A recent uproar from homeowners ...
Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:25AM
Oil Train Week of Action July 6-13, 2014 - by Matt Landon
Bakken crude oil trains have exploded at least 8 times since the first a year ago in Canada. Please plan an action during July 6-13, 2014 to protest the continued endangerment of our communities by the oil by rail industry.
Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:47PM
Green Sea Turtle ‘Sanjay’ Makes Historic Migration - by Joanna Nasar
Sanjay, a male endangered green sea turtle, made history when he completed his 14-day migration from the Cocos Island Marine National Park in Costa Rica to the Galapagos Marine Reserve in Ecuador. Sanjay is the first turtle to directly link these two protected marine areas, proving the connectivity of the Eastern Tropical Pacific as well as the importance of protecting migration routes.
Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:43PM
Suit Seeks Documents on Stream Ordinance from County of Marin - by David Schnapf
Press Release announcing lawsuit against Marin county seeking documents related to violations of the Fair Political Practices Act in connection with Stream Protection Ordinance
Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:13AM
Wildlife Groups and Sportsmen Petition Feds to End Lead Ammunition on Public Lands - by The Humane Society
Animal protection and wildlife conservation groups, along with individual hunters and sportsmen, have petitioned the Department of the Interior to require the use of non-lead ammunition when discharging a firearm on the more than 160 million acres of federal lands managed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Each year, an estimated 10 to 20 million birds and other animals die from lead poisoning, either by ingesting lead shot or fragments directly or by feedin...
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:58PM
RURAL COMMUNITY REVOLTS OVER U.S. BATTERY FACTORY PLANS. READIES LAWSUIT - by Tom Deeds
RURAL COMMUNITY REVOLTS OVER U.S. BATTERY FACTORY PLANS. READIES LAWSUIT.
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:23PM
Coastal Commission Urged to Consider Offshore Fracking's Threat to Huntington Beach - by Center for Biological Diversity
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— As the California Coastal Commission meets in Huntington Beach today, hazmat suit-wearing protesters with the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch will urge commissioners to consider the threat fracking poses to the local environment because of the hundreds of active oil wells in the city’s coastal zone. The protest starts at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday outside Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:42PM