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Feds urged to halt fracking off California coast
Dan Bacher
“Oil companies are fracking California’s beautiful coastal waters with dangerous chemicals, and federal officials seem barely aware of the dangers,” said Miyoko Sakashita, an attorney and director of the Center’s oceans program. “We need an immediate halt to offshore fracking before chemical pollution or an oil spill poisons the whales and other wildlife that depend on California’s rich coastal waters.” Photo of banner over Noyo Harbor bridge during historic protest against the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative by the Klamath Media Collective. Over 300 people, including members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk, Tolowa and other North Coast Tribes, peacefully took over an MLPA Initiative meeting in Fort Bragg on July 21, 2010 to protest against the threat to traditional gathering rights posed by the MLPA Initiative and the failure of the Initiative to include tribal scientists in the process. ( The MLPA Initiative was good for big oil and ocean industrialists - and bad for fishermen, tribal gatherers and coastal communities. A big oil industry lobbyist chaired the panel to create "marine protected areas" in Southern California and served on the task forces for the North Coast, North Central Coast and South Coast.

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