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  • Valley growers take fight against water cutbacks to Supreme Court

    10/02/2014 6:42:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 10-1-14 | Mark Grossi
    San Joaquin Valley growers Wednesday filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping to reverse an appellate court’s rejection of their claim that flawed science was used to cut back water pumping in Northern California. The case already has been through U.S. District Court in Fresno, which sided with growers in a decision that would have forced federal leaders to rewrite 2008 protections for the threatened delta smelt. The dwindling fish population lives in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta where pumps divert water for Valley farms and Southern California cities. Federal wildlife agencies say water pumping is harming the...
  • Vast oil trove trapped in Monterey Shale formation

    04/08/2014 9:51:16 AM PDT · by Kennard · 50 replies
    Los AngelesTimes ^ | April 6, 2014 | Julie Cart
    SHAFTER, Calif. — A bustling city is sprouting on five acres here, carved out of a vast almond grove. Tanker trucks and heavy equipment come and go, a row of office trailers runs the length of the site and an imposing 150-foot drilling rig illuminated by football-field-like lights rises over the trees. It's all been hustled into service to solve a tantalizing riddle: how to tap into the largest oil shale reservoir in the United States. Across the southern San Joaquin Valley, oil exploration sites have popped up in agricultural fields and on government land, driven by the hope that...
  • Climate adaptation faces funding crisis warn UN officials [Carbon Market Collapse]

    03/21/2014 7:40:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    RTCC ^ | March 20, 2014 | Sophie Yeo
    Flows of money towards climate adaptation projects are becoming increasingly unpredictable, making it difficult for vulnerable countries to prepare for the hardships caused by global warming. Future fundraising tactics would have to be “extremely aggressive” in order to raise enough money to continue their work, according to board members of the UN-run Adaptation Fund, the primary finance provider for adaptation projects around the world. “We are essentially going with our hands out to everyone,” Philip Weech, the board member from the Bahamas representing the Latin American and Caribbean regions, told RTCC. “We take funds from anyone, any inch, but the...
  • Kern County's rich oil field of history

    11/28/2011 6:03:41 PM PST · by thecodont · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 27, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
    Reporting from Taft, Calif.— Anywhere else, linking an aromatic cup of coffee and a gooey glob of oil would quickly kill a restaurant. Not so in Taft, Calif., the Taft Crude Coffee House is a popular stop for hot coffee or iced mocha. And in an era when oil spills tend to be environmental disasters, people here are happy to provide directions to the Lakeview Gusher, even though it spewed more than 9 million barrels of oil, nearly twice the amount spilled in 2010 from the Deepwater Horizon, the ill-fated British Petroleum rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Over 18...
  • Pollution Fines Irk San Joaquin Valley Drivers

    08/23/2011 10:35:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    KCRA ^ | August 23, 2011
    $12 Pollution Assessment To Be Added To Car Registration FeesEvery person who owns a non-commercial vehicle in the San Joaquin Valley will begin paying a fine for violating federal air quality standards starting in October, said the San Joaquin Valley Pollution Control District. The fine will show up as a $12 pollution assessment on a resident's annual car registration bill. "We will pay this fine every year until we go three straight years without violating tougher federal air quality standards," said Anthony Presto, a spokesman for the pollution control district. The reason for the fine is that the San Joaquin...
  • New Tactic in California for Paying Pollution Bill

    10/17/2010 7:46:02 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 17, 2010 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    Officials who have tried and failed to clean the air in California’s smog-filled San Joaquin Valley have seized on a new strategy: getting millions of drivers to shoulder more of the cost. Faced with a fine of at least $29 million for exceeding federal ozone limits, the San Joaquin Valley’s air quality regulators are proposing an annual surcharge of $10 to $24 on registration fees for the region’s 2.7 million cars and trucks beginning next year. A decision is expected when the governing board meets on Thursday. Although the surcharge is not expected to change how much people drive or...
  • Water Sanity For Central California

    05/20/2010 5:26:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 449+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Law: A federal judge has struck a blow for California's water-deprived Central Valley, ruling that draconian federal water cutbacks violate human rights because — surprise! — people also belong in the ecosystem. Next time a concept like, say "death panels" from the federal government seems far-fetched, consider the ordeal California's Central Valley has endured for the past two years. Based on a judicial ruling, some of the most prized and productive agricultural land in the country was turned into a wasteland after its water was shut off. The ruling was derived from an 800-page "biological opinion" put out by regulators...
  • Judge sides with farmers in [California] delta pumping lawsuit

    05/19/2010 10:27:11 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 34 replies · 1,059+ views
    Bloomberg Business Week ^ | May 18, 2010 | Terence Chea
    A federal judge ruled Tuesday in favor of Central Valley farmers and urban water agencies seeking to loosen restrictions on pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a major source of irrigation and drinking water for much of California. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno said the federal government did not properly develop a management plan that restricted water exports to protect endangered salmon, steelhead and other fish. The judge scheduled a hearing Wednesday to determine how much water can be exported without harming threatened fish that migrate through the delta to the Pacific Ocean. Groups representing San Joaquin Valley...
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • Democrats vs Democrat in California's water wars

    02/18/2010 7:10:16 PM PST · by cajuncow · 3 replies · 317+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-18-10 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday asked Senator Dianne Feinstein to abandon draft legislation that would divert more water to California's farmers, a plan that has quickly become a flashpoint in the state's long-running water wars. Feinstein's proposal, which would ease Endangered Species Act restrictions, has angered environmental activists and fishing groups. The powerful Democratic senator's rebuke by members of her own party underscores the incendiary nature of water politics in America's No. 1 farm state. The 12 lawmakers, who sent a letter to Feinstein asking her to drop the plan, say it could ultimately...
  • Testing waters for salmon in San Joaquin River

    02/07/2010 9:04:07 AM PST · by thecodont · 5 replies · 453+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, February 7, 2010 | Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Water has begun flowing down 64 barren miles of the San Joaquin River in what is being touted as California's most ambitious effort to bring back long-lost native salmon. The floodgates of the colossal Friant Dam outside Fresno were opened last week so researchers can study how the water flows down California's second longest river. The releases, which will continue until Dec. 1, will accelerate this spring until enough water is flowing down the parched riverbed to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool in less than a minute. It is all part of a historic agreement reached after two decades of...
  • California Should Copy Texas

    12/07/2009 5:10:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,738+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. Last Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger released a new report based on research compiled by the California Energy Commission claiming that by 2100 San Francisco Bay would be more bay than San Francisco, with Fisherman's Wharf and Treasure Island under the rising waters of climate change. His show-and-tell, which included a new Google Earth application the commission spent $150,000 to help develop, goes a long way toward explaining the once-Golden State's slide...
  • Our View: Government puts fish above farmers

    10/08/2009 8:22:50 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies · 1,741+ views
    appeal-democrat.com ^ | October 08, 2009
    Finally acknowledging that there is a significant government-created crisis in the San Joaquin Valley, the Interior Department convened a public hearing Sept. 30, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein has announced she has asked her staff to begin assembling a major piece of legislation to address the water crisis facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has issued a "memorandum of understanding" that will keep representatives from six federal agencies talking to various interest groups in California. The problem is that it will take months to make such decisions and years for results to be apparent. The crisis is...
  • A California 'Black Gold' Rush

    09/29/2009 8:52:35 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies · 1,492+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | September 29, 2009 | IBD staff
    Energy: An amazing number of oil finds have been made this year, including the biggest in California in 35 years. If the world is running out of oil, why do we keep finding more of it? The mantra of the anti-drilling crowd has been that oil companies like to sit on their leases and the oil in the ground, hoping to drive up the price. They should use the leases they have or lose them, these critics say. They also like to add that the world is running out of oil so it doesn't matter anyway. Occidental Petroleum hasn't been...
  • A California 'Black Gold' Rush

    09/28/2009 4:48:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 2,207+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 28, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: An amazing number of oil finds have been made this year, including the biggest in California in 35 years. If the world is running out of oil, why do we keep finding more of it? The mantra of the anti-drilling crowd has been that oil companies like to sit on their leases and the oil in the ground, hoping to drive up the price. They should use the leases they have or lose them, these critics say. They also like to add that the world is running out of oil so it doesn't matter anyway. Occidental Petroleum hasn't been...
  • (Feinstein Favors) Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/26/2009 3:04:40 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 90 replies · 3,839+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Sept. 25, 2009 | Editorial
    Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt. (snip) The Senate rejected the amendment by a largely party-line 61-36 margin, with Feinstein opposing the restoration of water deliveries to farmers. The California senator claimed she was blindsided by the amendment to the bill she was managing in the Senate, bizarrely comparing the move to a "Pearl Harbor." "No one from California has called, written or indicated they wanted this on the calendar," Feinstein protested.
  • Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2,148+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Delta smelts: Preferred over humans. Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the...
  • Help Sean Hannity - Help Us. (Hannity comes to Free Republic Land - Fresno)

    09/17/2009 3:04:34 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 49 replies · 1,778+ views
    cbs47 news ^ | 9-17-09 | cakid1
    Talk show host Sean Hannity is in our Valley tonight. The topic is water. But it’s bigger than that. Some believe its: Environmentalists vs. Liberty. Some believe environmentalists are standing on the necks of our farmers and their kids. And ... some believe they’re coming for YOUR water next. This link has..
  • Bad air could delay major freeway projects

    07/10/2008 5:46:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 229+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | July 10, 2008 | James Burger and James Geluso
    Dust storms that fouled Kern County’s air in May could mean months of delay for two major Kern County freeway projects. A project to widen Highway 46 from Holloway Road west to Highway 33 at Blackwells Corner will almost certainly be delayed for five months or more, said Ron Brummett, executive director of the Kern Council of Governments. And the Westside Parkway in Bakersfield, a freeway that’s to run west from a point near Highway 99 to Heath Road, might also be delayed if dickering over air quality standards goes on too long. The Environmental Protection Agency, Brummett said, is...
  • Mom who weighs 37 pounds gives birth to healthy son

    02/09/2006 9:17:57 PM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 14 replies · 1,043+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Feb. 09, 2006 | AP
    TULARE, Calif. - A San Joaquin Valley woman who weighs 37 pounds, stands 3 feet tall and uses a wheelchair has given birth to her first child, overcoming serious odds and doubters who advised her to abandon their dream of becoming parents. Eloysa Vasquez, 38, suffers from Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta, a disorder that makes bones soft and easily broken. Her tiny, distorted body left little room for a fetus to grow and Vasquez suffered two miscarriages before doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital delivered her son, Timothy, by Cesarean section on Jan. 24. "We just took one...
  • Bay Area blamed for San Joaquin Valley pollution

    07/21/2002 9:34:26 PM PDT · by Cultural Jihad · 14 replies · 201+ views
    AP ^ | July 21, 2002 | BRIAN MELLEY
    <p>ALTAMONT PASS, Calif. (AP) - The seemingly benevolent breezes that power giant windmills on these hills also carry pollution inland to one of America's smoggiest regions, fueling a battle between rich and poor.</p> <p>At the center of the dispute is something central to California: the automobile.</p>