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imageCalifornia regulators approve 12 more new fracking permits during a global pandemic
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by Dan Bacher
On Monday, June 1, the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), the agency responsible for regulating oil and gas in the state, quietly approved 12 new hydraulic fracturing permits to Aera Energy LLC for the Lost Hills Oil Field in Kern County, according to Food and Water Watch Action....
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:13PM
imageLawsuit by Three Groups Challenges Contracts Imperiling Delta, Fish
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by Dan Bacher
Such diversions “reduce freshwater flows through the Delta causing and worsening harmful algal blooms (HABs) which threaten the public health of those drinking, fishing in, or swimming in, Delta waters, or inhaling the air near Delta waters,” the complaint states...
Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 7:23PM
imageConsumer Group Urges Newsom: No New Wells Without Oil Co. Bonding for Permits
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by Dan Bacher
“Given the state’s grave deficit, it’s imperative that no new wells be approved without full bonding for their clean-up and a requirement to plug a certain number of idle wells in exchange for a new permit,” the letter said.  ...
Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 3:55PM
imageLabor and Environmental Groups Ask Governor to 'Protect People and Not Polluters
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by Dan Bacher
"Workers in the fossil fuel industry, like workers in every industry, should receive direct relief during this crisis, and should receive transition assistance going forward as oil and gas production and use in California continues its inevitable decline."...
Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 11:15AM
imageExxonMobil Seeks to Restart Three Platforms Idled After Refugio Oil Spill
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by Dan Bacher
“On the anniversary of this deadly oil spill, in the middle of a public health crisis, Santa Barbara should embrace a clean energy future," said Kristen Monsell, oceans legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. "We need to end offshore drilling, not bring it back to life with another dirty oil pipeline."...
Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 6:18PM
imageAquAlliance files lawsuit against water transfers from Sacramento River watershed
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by Dan Bacher
The lawsuit states, “These water transfers would drain both surface and groundwater resources from the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River watersheds, imposing significant and irreversible threats to the people and sensitive species that rely on these water resources and associated aquatic and riparian habitats.”...
Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 5:46PM
imageDelta Tunnel Forges Ahead in Pandemic: Agreement in Principal Reached for SWP Contract Amendment
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by Dan Bacher
It is very clear that the Department of Water Resources and water contractors don’t really care what the public and the people most impacted by the Delta Tunnel think, based on their obsession with pushing the tunnel project through at this time....
Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 9:28AM
imageFederal Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump's Increased Water Exports Plan
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by Dan Bacher
In a statement, Mike Conroy, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), said, “This is a big victory for west coast salmon fishing families and the communities which are dependent upon healthy salmon stocks throughout the State.”...
Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 3:05PM
imageTrump's wild rant about his lawn and California water transcribed (and translated)
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by Dan Bacher
Here is my transcript of what Trump said: “I had a house in Los Angeles — you couldn’t have sold it. You know why I’m selling it? Because Secret Service says you can’t come here anymore. I said I might as well sell it. I had a house and you couldn’t, couldn’t have water and you couldn’t water your grass. They said, oh, you’re not allowed to water your grass. And then you look at this massive turn, they had a turn, it takes a day to turn it, like a big faucet. And they turn it. And It v...
Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 10:20AM
imageNew California oil permits rose 7.8% in 2020's first quarter as oil prices plunged
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by Dan Bacher
From January 1 to March 31, 2020, the same time that the Newsom Administration approved 1,623 new permits, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in California, spent $1,089,702 lobbying state officials during the period. Chevron spent even more: $1,638,497 in the fifth quarter of the 2019-20 legislation session to influence legislators, the Governor’s Office and other state officials. The two oil industry giants combined to spend ...
Posted: Sat May 9, 2020 2:38PM
imageWestern States Petroleum Association, Chevron spent $2.7 million lobbying in first quarter
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by Dan Bacher
The two oil industry giants combined to spend a total of $2,728,199 lobbying in the session’s fifth quarter....
Posted: Mon May 4, 2020 2:23PM
imageGroups sue California over project's failure to protect salmon, other fish
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by Dan Bacher
DWR’s deception included omitting the One-Tunnel Delta Conveyance Project from its list of more than 40 cumulative water supply, management, and quality projects and actions in the Draft EIR.” Bob Wright, senior counsel for Friends of the River, called DWR’s failure to mention the Delta Tunnel project in the EIR as “ridiculously absurd.”...
Posted: Sat May 2, 2020 6:45PM
imageState Water Contractors sue California over incidental take permit for endangered fish
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by Dan Bacher
"We note that with the filing of this latest lawsuit, the State Water Contractors have joined Westlands Water district and the Metropolitan Water District in pronouncing the voluntary agreement process dead,” said John McManus, President of the Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA)....
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:22PM
imageCalifornia files legal claims challenging Trump's water plan
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by Dan Bacher
In the filing, Attorney General Becerra argues that a preliminary injunction is necessary to prevent “immediate and irreversible harm” to California's ecosystem, particularly to California’s endangered Delta smelt, longfin smelt, and threatened steelhead trout....
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:20PM
imageAs Oil Prices Plunge, Fracking and Oil Drilling Expands Under Gov. Newsom
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by Dan Bacher
“It just doesn’t make any sense to approve fracking permits in the state of California now,” said Liza Tucker, consumer advocate for Consumer Watchdog. “It’s clear that it’s time to sunset fossil fuels and effect a just transition to a new energy economy. We should end fracking right now and phase out oil and gas production in the state in a rational, managed way. We should not be issuing new permits for oil and gas drilling.”...
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:58PM
imageFeinstein implores Newson to collaborate with Trump to weaken fish protections
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by Dan Bacher
“It is imperative that California not only stand up to the Trump administration to protect our water supply, but also restore our rivers and protect our drinking water quality with regulations that are guided by science, not politic,” said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon....
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:50PM
imageCoalition slams Newsom administration for approving 24 new fracking permits
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by Dan Bacher
The issuing of new fracking permits took place less than two months after Consumer Watchdog and the FracTracker Alliance reported that the total number of oil and gas well permits issued in 2019 under the Newsom Administration rivals the number issued during the last year in office of former Governor Jerry Brown....
Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:56PM
imageCommission teleconference that descended into chaos rescheduled for April 15
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by Dan Bacher
“I’m passionate about fishing myself,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “And I am getting inundated by people who are concerned that we’ve canceled the fishing season. That is not the case. We are not canceling the fishing season in the state of California. We just want to delay, not deny that season.”...
Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:51PM
imageCalifornia regulators approve new fracking permits during COVID-19 epidemic
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by Dan Bacher
The increase in oil and gas drilling permits in recent years, including fracking operations — and fact that California has no health and safety setbacks like many other states do — is a result of the millions of dollars every year that WSPA and oil companies spend every year on lobbying state officials, including the Governor’s Office and state regulatory agencies, as well as the many millions spent by the oil industry on campaign contributions to politicians and campaign committees....
Posted: Sat Apr 4, 2020 7:18PM
imageGovernor Newsom Issues Moratorium on Water Shutoffs to Homes, Small Businesses
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by Dan Bacher
In a statement, Alexandra Nagy, Food & Water Action California Director, lauded Newsom for making the “common sense decision” to halt water shutoffs in California. “We’re very pleased that Governor Newsom has made the common-sense decision to halt water shutoffs in the state while we confront this overwhelming public health crisis. He must also ensure that water is restored to every home where it was previously cut off....
Posted: Fri Apr 3, 2020 12:50PM