Richmond's Andrés Soto featured at 350Marin's First Community Meeting - June 16
Enjoy good food, meet new people, and join together to create a better future at 350Marin’s first community meeting & potluck dinner on June 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Environmental Classroom, 535 Jacoby Street, San Rafael 94901.
Andrés Soto, co-founder of the Richmond Progressive Alliance and the Richmond Organizer for Communities for a Better Environment, will discuss the use of “bomb trains” to bring tar sands crude oil to refineries in the Bay Area and how 350Marin can help to protect communities and the Bay. He will also tell us what we need to know about the Regional Refinery Emissions Rule.
Get more information and RSVP on the event page.
Groups sue to keep oil waste out of state’s aquifers
Two environmental groups sued California regulators Thursday to stop oil companies from injecting wastewater into potentially usable aquifers beneath the state’s drought-ravaged Central Valley.
The suit, filed by the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, claims the California agency that oversees oil fields is breaking the law by letting companies pump wastewater from their drilling operations into aquifers that the regulators were supposed to protect. The injections were the subject of a Chronicle investigation in February.
The state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has moved to end the practice but has given oil companies until 2017 to shut down many of the injection wells. Environmentalists want all the wells closed immediately. The groups sued Thursday to overturn newly adopted regulations from the division that allow the continued injections.
“California has a drought, and we need to protect all the potential sources of drinking water we have, and DOGGR is allowing the continued pollution of aquifers,” said Will Rostov, a staff attorney for Earthjustice, which filed the suit on behalf of the environmental groups. “We want them to comply with the law, and the law is pretty clear — no more injections.”
The division declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Tell Congress: Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement -- a trade deal being negotiated between the US and dozens of other countries -- is the fossil fuel industry's latest tool to shut down climate action, and today begins a huge fight to stop it.
The TPP would give foreign fossil fuel corporations the right to sue city, state and national governments if climate action hurts their profits. It's an enormous corporate power grab, at the expense of our democracy and our climate.
Legislation that would allow the TPP to pass, called Fast Track, faces a close vote in Congress -- if enough Members of Congress come out against this plan in the next few weeks, it stops it in its tracks.
President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill
President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rejecting an effort by Republicans and some Democrats to force his administration to let the highly contested energy project move forward.
By saying no to the legislation, Mr. Obama retains the authority to make a final judgment on the pipeline on his own timeline. The White House has said the president would decide whether to allow the pipeline when all of the environmental and regulatory reviews are complete.
But the veto — his first rejection of major legislation as president — is also a demonstration of political strength directed at Republicans who now control both chambers of Congress. Mr. Obama is signaling that he will fight back against their agenda.
The largest rally against fracking in California history was a huge success. A bus full of people from Marin and thousands of others from across the State converged in Oakland to tell Jerry Brown to stop fracking and fully embrace renewable energy.
From the Oakland Tribune
Thousands of people from up and down California marched in Oakland on Saturday for the largest protest to date against the state's use of hydraulic fracturing to harvest oil and natural gas.
Environmentalists said they chose to have the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown's home city to highlight their plea for him to take a stance against fracking.
"Fracking is hurting our communities. It is sucking our drought-ridden state of precious water resources, contaminating our groundwater in a region where 25 percent of the nation's food is grown, and contributing to the impending climate crisis," UC Berkeley student Eva Malis told a crowd at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, in front of Oakland City Hall.
photo from SFGate
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Photo by Adam Welz/350.org
Logo artwork by Kathleen Lipinski.