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Sun Nov 13 2016 (Updated 01/15/17)Monterey Becomes California's First Major Oil-Producing County to Ban Fracking
Sun Nov 13 2016 (Updated 01/15/17)Passage of Measure Z is a Game-Changer in the Fight Against Fracking
Voters in Monterey County, California's fourth-largest oil-producing county, passed Measure Z to ban fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques. The measure won with more than fifty-five percent of the vote, despite supporters being outspent thirty to one by oil companies, including Chevron and Aera Energy. Measure Z also phases out toxic wastewater injection and prohibits new oil wells in the county. "David beat Goliath in Monterey County's stunning victory against oil industry pollution,” said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity.
Sun Oct 30 2016 (Updated 11/05/16)D is for Dilemma in Santa Cruz County
Sun Oct 30 2016 (Updated 11/05/16)No on Measure D Demonstrations to Highlight Corporate Funding of Yes on D Campaign
Big money is being spent to influence the outcome of Measure D on the November Santa Cruz County ballot. Unlike political offices, campaigns for ballot measures have no limit to the amount of money that can be contributed. There is no restriction on the source of contributions, so special interests from outside the County can buy influence in our local ballot measures. This week, The No on D group, Widening Won't Work, has organized two public demonstrations in front of two of the major corporate donors to Measure D, Granite Rock Construction Company and Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Sat Oct 1 2016 (Updated 10/04/16)Judge Halts Federal Plan for Massive California Fracking
Sat Oct 1 2016 (Updated 10/04/16)Legal Victory Overturns Plan to Open 1 Million Acres of California Public Land to Fracking
A U.S. district judge on September 6 overturned a Bureau of Land Management plan to open more than one million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to drilling and fracking. The ruling notes that BLM officials estimate that oil companies would frack 25 percent of new wells drilled on vast stretches of land in California’s Central Valley, the southern Sierra Nevada, and in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. Yet the bureau’s 1,073-page management plan contained just three brief mentions of fracking and offered no analysis of fracking pollution’s threats to endangered species or California’s water supplies.
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)Report Finds Monterey County Crude Worse for Climate Than Alberta Tar Sands Oil
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)San Ardo Field is Most Carbon-Intensive Large Oilfield in California
Crude from Monterey County's biggest oilfield is more climate damaging than any other large source of oil produced in, or imported into, California, according to a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis of state data. The Center’s report, titled Stealing California's Future, found that crude from the San Ardo oilfield is even more carbon-intensive than notoriously dirty oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada. The report also found that the San Ardo field is the most carbon-intensive large oilfield in California, ultimately generating about 3.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution a year.
Sat Sep 10 2016 (Updated 11/26/16)Three Federal Agencies Block Dakota Access Pipeline
Sat Sep 10 2016 (Updated 11/26/16)Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Temporarily Halted by Obama Administration
On September 9, a federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s motion to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Minutes later, the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and Department of the Interior issued a joint statement announcing a temporary halt to work on the pipeline. Actions in support of the Water protectors continue to be held across California in response to the global call for solidarity by the Standing Rock protest camps for September 3-17.
Mon Sep 5 2016 (Updated 09/07/16)Protection of Sacred Sites Leads to Clash with Dakota Access Pipeline Security
Mon Sep 5 2016 (Updated 09/07/16)Water Protectors Call for Additional Supporters, Global Solidarity Actions September 3-17
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an emergency motion on September 4 for a temporary restraining order to prevent further destruction of the Tribe’s sacred sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline. On the previous day, Water protectors clashed with security to successfully stop pipeline construction and some were viciously attacked by guard dogs. Protest camps have issued a global call for solidarity actions to be held September 3-17. In the Bay Area, solidarity actions will take place in Sacramento on September 7 and San Francisco on September 8.
Mon Sep 5 2016Yes on Measure Z Campaign Kick-Off
The official campaign kick-off party for Yes on Measure Z, to ban fracking in Monterey County, will be held in Salinas on Saturday, September 10. A rally will be held in addition to the grand opening of the campaign's new headquarters, which is located in the heart of Salinas on Main Street. Measure Z made it to the November ballot as the result of months of work by volunteers with Protect Monterey County, a group working to safe-guard local water supplies and protect the county's agricultural production.