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imageBig Oil spent $10 million lobbying CA officials as oil production well permits doubled in 2020
by Dan Bacher
The inordinate influence by Big Oil on California politicians and regulators has resulted in widespread air, ground and water pollution with huge health impacts on mostly Black and Brown communities living near oil and gas wells....
Posted: Mon, Feb 8, 2021 10:13pm PST
imageEarthworks report reveals CA fails to safely manage radioactive and toxic oil wells
by Dan Bacher
Estela Garcia, impacted resident and member of the Committee for a Better Arvin,” said, “In my community, there are many people who are sick - with asthma, with allergies, and many many people suffering from cancer. Here in Arvin, there are wells near schools and near apartments. There are wells that supposedly aren't operating, but a terrible smell comes to you if you get close to these sites.” “This pollution affects everyone in the community. So if you ask me, ‘what would you change in ...
Posted: Wed, Feb 3, 2021 11:03pm PST
imageCalifornia's Bulldozer 'Restoration': From the Ballona Wetlands to the Delta
by Dan Bacher
"Our Governor's cabinet members just announced a series of initiatives that support 'Nature Based Solutions' to counter climate change. So, how does Governor Newsom justify a project to bulldoze and excavate more than 2.5 million cubic yards of soil, paving the way for a new fossil fuel infrastructure for the aging gas storage field under this ecological reserve?" asked attorney Bryan Pease....
Posted: Wed, Feb 3, 2021 10:52pm PST
imageNewsom's 2021 Budget Doesn't Address Fossil-Fueled Public Health & Climate Crises
by Dan Bacher
The response to the budget by environmental, climate and environmental justice groups was mixed. The Sierra Club praised the funding of incentives to replace fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles, while the Last Chance Coalition, a coalition of more than 750 public health, environmental justice, climate, and labor organizations, said the budget fails to directly address the extraction and production of fossil fuels in California after a year during which the state’s oil and gas regulato...
Posted: Sat, Jan 9, 2021 4:12pm PST
imageGavin Newsom's New Year's Gift: 14 new fracking permits, delayed public health regulations
by Dan Bacher
California Gavin Newsom has come under fire from environmentalists and the public over the fracking and other oil drilling permits that CalGEM issued in 2020 for Aera Energy and other oil companies....
Posted: Sat, Jan 9, 2021 3:59pm PST
imageEcosystem Disaster: For third year in a row, zero Delta Smelt found in CDFW Fall Trawl Survey
by Dan Bacher
Between 1967 and 2020, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Fall Midwater Trawl (FMWT) abundance indices (combined September, October, November and December surveys) for striped bass, Delta smelt, longfin smelt, American shad, splittail and threadfin shad have declined by 99.7, 100, 99.96, 67.9, 100, and 95 percent, respectively, according to Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA)....
Posted: Sat, Jan 9, 2021 3:45pm PST
imageOn Extinction's Edge: Zero Delta Smelt Found in September 2020 Midwater Trawl
by Dan Bacher
The plunge of the Delta smelt population towards extinction has been made possible by the capture of the regulators by the regulated, including Big Ag and other corporate interests, in California. Corporate agribusiness exerts inordinate influence over the Legislature, the Governor’s Office and the regulatory agencies, ranging from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife....
Posted: Thu, Nov 26, 2020 7:24pm PST
imageDepartment of Finance audit reveals repeated oil and gas regulation violations
by Dan Bacher
“If you thought that dining with an oil lobbyist at French Laundry showed Newsom’s true colors, this audit proves you right,” said Kretzmann. “Even as his own agency is calling for illegal oil and gas wells to be shut down, Newsom and his regulators continue to turn a blind eye and hand out more dangerous permits.”...
Posted: Thu, Nov 26, 2020 7:13pm PST
imageNewsom Administration approves 6 more fracking permits, bringing the total to 54 this year
by Dan Bacher
"Gov. Newsom sacrifices our health, food, water and climate while dodging criticism when he issues new fracking permits on a Friday night,” said Alexandra Nagy, California Director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action. “Newsom's concern over climate change is a deceptive mirage as his actions reveal a strong adherence to the status quo....
Posted: Sat, Oct 17, 2020 4:45pm PDT
imageAs oil drilling expands, Newsom pledges to 'conserve' 30% of land and coastal waters by 2030
by Dan Bacher
Food & Water Action California State Director Alexandra Nagy criticized Newsom for failing to deliver on climate change while his administration has issued over 2,600 oil and gas drilling permits this year so far. “Governor Newsom needs to go back to the drawing board and tackle the state’s biggest polluters head-on," said Nagy. "We’re losing patience with his lack of meaningful action."...
Posted: Thu, Oct 8, 2020 1:02pm PDT
imageA.G. Becerra Slams Trump Shasta Dam Raise Plan - As Newsom Fast-Tracks Delta Tunnel
by Dan Bacher
In a major conflict of interest, David Bernhardt, Trump's Secretary of Interior, is a former lobbyist for the Westlands Water District, the main proponent of the Shasta dam raise proposal....
Posted: Wed, Oct 7, 2020 12:48pm PDT
imageClimate Advocates Criticize Newsom's Executive Order for Not Addressing Oil Drilling
by Dan Bacher
“If your climate leadership does not include relief for hundreds of thousands of Californians -- the majority people of color -- living with oil drilling in their neighborhood, then you are not serious about climate justice and creating healthier, more resilient communities,” said Martha Arguëllo executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles and co-chair of STAND-L.A....
Posted: Thu, Oct 1, 2020 6:15pm PDT
imageReclamation extends comment period on Shasta Dam raise draft EIS to October 5
by Dan Bacher
“How would you feel if someone was coming to burn down your house, everyone knew it was going to happen, but no one — not even the people who are supposed to protect you — cared enough to stop it,” said Marine Sisk, Chief Caleen Sisk’s daughter, on Winnemem sacred sites that would be drowned by the proposed raise of Shasta Dam...
Posted: Wed, Sep 30, 2020 12:31pm PDT
imageKaruk Tribe Declares State of Emergency due to Deadly Slater Fire
by Dan Bacher
The Karuk Tribe today declared a state of emergency in the wake of the deadly Slater Fire that has burned many homes of Karuk Tribe members in the Klamath River community of Happy Camp....
Posted: Fri, Sep 18, 2020 1:34pm PDT
imageState Estimates Delta Tunnel’s Cost at $15.9 Billion, but Critics Point to Higher Cost
by Dan Bacher
“That Gavin Newsom and California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot are working with Trump to push this through during a pandemic, while many of the people that will be impacted can’t engage, shows disrespect for Native Americans and other rural and salmon dependent communities,” said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon....
Posted: Wed, Aug 26, 2020 3:57pm PDT
imageRefinery Shutdown, Santa Barbara Co. Staff Report Jeopardize ExxonMobil Offshore Drilling
by Dan Bacher
However, opponents of offshore drilling say two unrelated developments that took place yesterday could undermine these plans. A coalition of conservation, environmental justice and indigenous groups is calling on the oil company to abandon this project and decommission its offshore rigs....
Posted: Fri, Aug 14, 2020 1:26am PDT
textEurope needs an effective guarantee of youth solidarity by Johann Bacher, Dennis Tamesberger&
The Youth Guarantee could create an entry-level job market in the public or non-profit sector - in other words, jobs that serve the common good. It is the austerity policy in the wake of the finnacial and economic crisis that has delayed the socio- and ecological transformation in European countries and opened up gaps in services which now need to be closed....
Posted: Thu, Aug 13, 2020 10:33am PDT
imageSenate Committee Votes Against Bill to Create Health and Safety Setbacks Around Oil Wells
by Dan Bacher
“The fact that dozens of  Spanish speaking residents who are currently poisoned by the fugitive emissions coming out of oil wells near their homes and schools were denied the opportunity to express their support for AB345 during yesterday’s hearing is just another example of the environmental racism that they have endured, being unheard,” said Nayamin Martinez, Director of CCEJN and a member of the VISION coalition....
Posted: Sun, Aug 9, 2020 1:19pm PDT
imageGovernor Newsom releases final water portfolio that includes Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir
by Dan Bacher
“Governor Newsom is continuing to sell out our rivers and salmon to the benefit water brokers and large agriculture corporations,” said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon. “These are the same corporations that are polluting our rivers and drinking water, then exporting their products.” ...
Posted: Thu, Jul 30, 2020 10:40am PDT
imageNewsom Administration Rushes Forward with Delta Tunnel Project During A Pandemic
by Dan Bacher
“The decision to move forward with trying to obtain a federal permit using a set proposal, intakes and tunnel corridor so soon after the scoping period ended, and during a Pandemic, shows that state never had any intention of considering stakeholder input," said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon....
Posted: Fri, Jul 3, 2020 3:27pm PDT