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image Petition: Appeal the Court Decision on Measure Z 480_defend_measure_z_protect_monterey_county_fracking_ban_1.jpg by Protect Monterey County
The Monterey County Superior Court recently ruled on Measure Z. It let the ban on fracking and acidizing stand, for now. But it overturned two key parts of Measure Z (phase out of wastewater injection and ban on new oil wells). Please sign this petition (with your city and state info) and urge the Monterey County Supervisors to appeal the court's decision: https://www.change.org/p/supervisors-appeal-the-court-decision-on-measure-z...
Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:33PM
calendar Protect Our Coast March and Protest Rally 480_offshore-oil-drilling-protest-march-santa-cruz_1.jpg by Surfrider Foundation Santa Cruz Chapter
March leaves from Lighthouse Point Park in Santa Cruz at 10am. Rally is at Cowell Beach at 11am....
Event Date: Sat Feb 3, 2018 10:00AM
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:25PM
text Northern California's Delayed Crab Season Opener Threatens Whales by Center for Biological Diversity
State Wildlife Agency Urged to Address Risk of Deadly Entanglements...
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:09PM
image Delta Tunnels Hearing at Water Board Delayed Until February 2 480_11.11.17_photo1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Michael Brodsky, the attorney for the Save the California Delta Alliance, was encouraged by today’s decision by the California Water Fix hearing team. “It’s a recognition that this is a very serious situation and that the ultimate outcome of the hearings could be irrevocably tainted if they don’t take some action on the ethical violations that have taken place,” said Brodsky. “They gave the Department of Water Resources until Friday to respond. It might have been better to REQUIRE DWR to r...
Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:32PM
image Delta Tunnels Opponents File Motion to Stay California WaterFix Hearing 480_drift_boat_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Osha Meserve, one of the attorneys for the protestants, explained, ”We’re asking the water board to look at the scope of the exparte communications and the implications of those communications for the water rights hearing.  We don’t think part 2 of the hearing should proceed until this critical investigation has been completed, since the entire hearing may have been compromised.” Photo: Anglers fish for steelhead on the American River below Nimbus Dam in Sacramento on January 1, 2018. The ...
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:05PM
image Lawsuit Challenges Tulare County's Flawed Plan to Limit Harmful Greenhouse Pollution From Industrial Cattle Operations 480_cattle_in_feedlot_by_james_carlson_usda_fpwc_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
VISALIA, Calif., January 11, 2018 — Conservation groups sued Tulare County today for approving a climate action plan for giant feedlots and other industrial cattle operations that would worsen air quality and undercut California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals....
Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:47PM
text San Francisco Passes Resolution Against Offshore Drilling, Fracking by Center for Biological Diversity
Trump’s Proposal to Expand Offshore Leasing Meeting Resistance in California...
Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:24AM
document Court Rejects California's Blanket Approval for Pesticide Spraying 2018-1-8-ncra-v-cdfa-consolidated-ruling.pdf_140_.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A California court has halted a state program allowing pesticide spraying at schools, organic farms and backyards across California because of inadequate public disclosure of the chemicals’ harms....
Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:20AM
image North Coast groups, fishermen slam Trump plan to open offshore drilling in federal waters 480_gail_sunset_offshoreca-boemopa_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
"We stopped President Reagan’s attempts to drill off the North Coast in the 1980s. We will stop President Trump too," the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), the North Coast Environmental Center (NEC) and the Humboldt Baykeeper stated. North Coast groups and fishermen don't want oil drilling platforms like this one off Southern California to ever be installed off the Northern California coast. Photo courtesy of BOEM-OPA....
Posted: Tue Jan 9, 2018 1:05PM
image Jerry Brown has already expanded offshore oil drilling in state waters 480_platformholly_1_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“We urge the Governor to demonstrate his leadership by making his actions match his rhetoric on the need to stop burning fossil fuels to avoid an existential threat. Brown’s record on oil drilling offshore and on shore is one of expansion," said Liza Tucker, consumer advocate for Consumer Watchdog. "That is no longer acceptable. Brown should ban all drilling activity offshore, cut off any planned new oil and gas drilling on shore, and ban fracking outright."...
Posted: Thu Jan 4, 2018 8:45PM
image Delta smelt numbers reach new low as Trump admin. aims to increase pumping 480_79471display_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
There “is no easy answer” why the smelt declined even in a record water year when biologists would have expected a rebound, according to Dr. Peter B Moyle, Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, Center for Watershed Sciences, UC Davis. “The answer is that we really don't know. The best explanation I can think of is that numbers are so low that an increase (or decrease) in the index would not be detectable with the FMT sampling,” he...
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:26AM
text Protect Monterey County to Appeal Decision on Measure Z's Ban on Harmful Oil Industry Practices by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif., December 29, 2017 — Protect Monterey County and its attorneys announced that they will appeal yesterday’s Monterey County Superior Court decision that overturns portions of Measure Z. Last year Monterey County voters passed Measure Z, an initiative that bans hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), prohibits new oil wells and phases out oil-industry wastewater injection wells....
Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:53PM
document Lawsuit Launched to Protect Pacific Habitat for Humpback Whales Threatened by Fishing Gear, Ship Strikes, Oil Spills humpbackcriticalhabitatnoi_12-11-2017__1_.pdf_140_.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation on December 11 filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect humpback whale habitat in the Pacific Ocean, where the animals face threats from fisheries, ship strikes and oil spills....
Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:49PM
image 'The Twelve Days of Jerry' Christmas Song and Animation 480_twelve_days_of_jerry_project_still.jpg by Dan Bacher
As a satirical songwriter, I really appreciate a well-written and nicely-performed song. As Jerry Brown keeps promoting his pro-Big Oil and pro-Big Gas environmental policies after receiving over $9.8 million from oil and gas companies and utilities, Consumer Watchdog released an animation featuring Governor Jerry Brown and an updated "Twelve Days of Christmas" song highlighting his support for fossil fuels and dirty energy policies. If you didn't think Jerry Brown could dance, watch him joyo...
Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:31AM
image Secretary Zinke urged to recover $84.8 million misspent on Delta Tunnels 480_800_zeke_and_jared_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
To date, nobody involved in the Delta Tunnels illegal funding scheme has been reprimanded, fired or held accountable — nor have any measures been taken to recover the money ripped off from the taxpayers to support the unpopular California WaterFix....
Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:12AM
document Report reveals L.A. oil cos. have used 49,000 tons of toxic chemicals since 2013 dangernextdoor.pdf_140_.jpg by Dan Bacher
David Braun of Californians Against Fracking and the Rootskeeper said, “I think it's notable that 20 million pounds of hydrochloric acid and 10 million pounds of hydrofluoric acid were used in Los Angeles County in a 3 year period in oil extraction operations.”...
Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:00AM
image Why Farmers Need Direct Sales 480_cannabis-lettuce_1.jpg by Casey O’Neill
As a vegetable farmer, the scale at which I produce is not large enough to enable me to survive in the wholesale marketplace. The same is true for my cannabis crop....
Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:53PM
image Delta Caucus Town Hall Challenges Financial Feasibility of Delta Tunnels 480_dodd___frazier_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Tim Neuharth, owner of Steamboat Acres Farms on the North Delta, said, “A couple of times Ms. Messer mentioned that this was all about the ecological factors in the Delta. My common sense approach to that and question as a farmer is, how do you justify that by taking more water out of the Delta?”...
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:59PM
image Bay Area Idle No More activist reflects on protesting Governor Jerry Brown's speech in Bonn 480_last_night_-_roots_keeper_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
What does Daniel Ilario think of Governor Brown? “I don’t have anything against him as a person, but in fact he is no climate hero. I’m thankful that activists in Bonn sacrificed their time and energy to secure a livable future for generations to come,” he stated. "Saving forests’ sounds great, but at the end of the day we get more pollution at home while indigenous people lose their land in the Amazon and abroad with carbon trading and carbon pricing,” he concluded. Photo: Daniel I...
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:39PM
text Social Justice Week at Sonoma State University by Lorena Guerrero-Diaz
Social Justice has had a negative connotation in the media lately, it is seen as something that goes against traditional beliefs. In reality, social justice is a movement that allows people to stand up for those who don’t have a voice, those who have been structurally and racially disempowered in today’s world. It is important to be able to fight for our rights and against social injustices such as police brutality, socioeconomic status, and health disparities....
Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:23PM