Author Archives: David Gurney

Lobbyist for oil pipeline company oversaw creation of fouled marine protected areas

By Dan Bacher The head of the same oil industry trade association that lobbies for the Plains All  American Pipeline corporation, whose corroded pipeline rupture caused a massive oil spill off Refugio State Beach on May 19, is the very … Continue reading

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Save Hare Creek

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Navarro River Mouth

Yesterday morning before a good drenching of rain, the Navarro River was full to the brim, with only a narrow berm of sand backing up waters and flooding the campground to the upper left: We can safely assume that by … Continue reading

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Big Oil’s Huge Political Spending in California

 “The oil industry spending total from July through Sept 2014 amounts to an amazing $2.4 million/month, $78,000/day, $3,200/hour, $54/minute and $1/second!” New report documents Big Oil’s huge increase in lobbying expenses by Dan Bacher  The oil industry has spent over … Continue reading

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Natural Resources Secretary Laird announces MLPA ‘Partnership Plan’

John Laird (center), California Secretary of Natural Resources, flanked by Governor Jerry Brown and former Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, speaks in the press conference in July 2012 to promote the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral … Continue reading

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30,000 Californians demand that Gov.”Big Oil Brown” halt offshore fracking

This rampant fracking has only become possible because of the cozy relationship between federal and state regulators and the oil industry, the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento. The American Lung Association’s Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing … Continue reading

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California bill to ban oil drilling in marine protected area fails!

 “Only in California would a Legislator have to author a bill to ban offshore oil drilling in a “marine protected area.”” “Even the slightest chance of an oil spill in a Marine Protected Area far outweighs any potential benefit to … Continue reading

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BLM ends fracking ban in California

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The … Continue reading

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan Delayed!

“This is not unexpected because we knew the environmental documents were fatally flawed.  The problem is that that they can’t fix the BDCP because the project can’t meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act and other state and federal … Continue reading

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