Monthly Archives: December 2011

Brown appoints crony Conservation chair; Oil industry led fishing closures start Jan. 1

Debra Bowen and Mark Nechodom  (Photo: José Luis Villegas, Sacramento Bee) by Dan Bacher In a move that reeks of political cronyism and nepotism and demonstrates the inordinate power of the oil industry in California, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Secretary … Continue reading

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State’s first snow survey follows record water export year

Splittail by Dan Bacher The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced on December 28 that it will conduct the first snow survey of the winter in the Sierra Nevada on January 3, 2012. The announcement comes after an infamous … Continue reading

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Fukushima effects on the Pacific Ocean

Arnie Gundersen on Santa Cruz County Community Television Ever since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami off northeast Japan, Arnie Gundersen, nuclear engineer, expert witness and independent journalist has specialized in getting the truth out about the Fukushima nuclear melt-down … Continue reading

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Sick Alaska seals tested for Fukushima radiation

Sick Alaskan Ring Seal  (photo: North Slope Dept. of Wildlife Management) SEATTLE | Dec 27, 2011 (Reuters) – Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether local seals are being sickened by radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Scores of ring seals … Continue reading

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MLPA Meetings: “an elaborately staged Kabuki performance”

George Osborn addresses the California Fish and Game Commission, Feb 2, 2011 MLPA ‘Blue Ribbon Task Force meetings’ – “have been an elaborately staged Kabuki performance, choreographed and rehearsed down to the last detail, even to the crafting of motions” … Continue reading

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Bay oil spill killed herring, NOAA scientists report

Pacific Herring by Dan Bacher Pacific herring embryos in shallow waters died in unexpectedly high numbers following the Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay in November 2007, according to NOAA scientists and their collaborators in a study published … Continue reading

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST of the Marine Life Protection Act “Initiative”

 Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Westrn States Petroleum Association, and member of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative’s top level “Blue Ribbon Task Force” With the privatization of the MLPAI process came blatant conflicts of interest, endemic in a corrupt process.  … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

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More offshore oil drilling proposed off California

Oil Rig Hogan, off Carpenteria, California   (photo courtesy KEYT, Santa Barbara) We now witness the fruit born of a Marine Life Protection Act “Initiative” that was hijacked by oil interests. A southern California oil company wants to expand its operations … Continue reading

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