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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
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SAN FRANCISCO— After years of opposition, Caltrans has rescinded its approvals for a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park, along Highway 101 in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
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
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
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
Obama Admin Finalizes Stronger Stream Buffers to Protect Imperiled Salmon from Pesticides - by Joanna Nasar
The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized an agreement to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides.
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:27PM
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
Three Girls Beaten By Police After Demo for Andy Lopez - by Dave 'Davey D' Cook (repost)
Breaking News: Yesterday there was a big rally for Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa.. Youth from all over the city including many of Andy's classmates stood in front of the DA's office demanding she resign.. After the rally the police beat up 3 Latino girls, two of them 13 the other 14.. One is still in the hospital for injuries..
Posted: Wed Jul 9, 2014 2:37PM
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
Mendocino County Supervisors Consider Ordinance To Ban Fracking 05.20.2014 - by Tomas DiFiore
Fracking? No Drill No Spill; Mendocino County Needs A Total Ban! Send a quick thank you note, and VOTE yes to the link below. It will reach all 5 Supervisors. Today's agenda includes 10 minutes to direct Staff to prepare an ordinance to ban fracking in Mendocino County by July 22, 2014. The Board will then consider whether to pass it into law on that day, or place it directly on the November Ballot.
Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 5:04AM
Federal Court Halts Caltrans Highway-widening Project Along Smith River - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In response to a lawsuit from environmental groups, Northern District Court Judge James Donato issued a preliminary injunction late Friday stopping Caltrans from doing any further work on a controversial highway-widening project along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon until a court hearing scheduled for Nov. 19. The judge cited substantial procedural violations of the Endangered Species Act and the potential for irreparable harm to endangered coho salmon and their critic...
Posted: Mon May 5, 2014 2:06PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
$350 million available to North Coast, Central Coast and San Francisco Bay - by Tomas DiFiore
The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Flood Protection Act of 2014, SB 42 authored by Senator Lois Wolk, addresses California water woes in ways that strive protect the rights of and needs of people and their health and safety throughout the State. SB 42 is a Capital budget language equivalent, of numerous concerns related to the December 24, 2013 addition of clarification language to SB 4. In it's own way, SB 42 addresses, among current neglected impacts, potential cumulative impacts i...
Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:34PM
Frac ALERT for Coastal and Northern California Basin Aquifers - by Tomas DiFiore
Two weeks ago, and with just 7-9 days left to make comments, - Clarification language was added by DOGGR that an aquifer deemed exempt under the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act is not protected water. Much of this comes from the Underground Injection Program, basically left out of the 'new' fracking regulations. Except, that is, as it benefits the industry, with clarification of remote aquifer exemptions to assist extractive industrial surface leases by alter-legal claims on subsurface water rig...
Posted: Tue Jan 7, 2014 2:22PM