New map reveals massive number of offshore oil wells in California waters

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On January 4, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown joined Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee in condemning President Donald Trump’s plan to expand oil and gas drilling in federal waters as “reckless” and “short-sighted.” Ironically, as the three … Continued

New California WaterFix Environmental Document with ‘Design Changes’ Released

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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on June 12 posted online a new document that details the environmental impact of proposed design changes purporting to minimize impacts felt by Delta communities and the ecosystem if Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project is … Continued

Southern California Water District approves resolution supporting Calvert’s rider to ban Delta Tunnels lawsuits 

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On June 20, the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to support Representatives Ken Calvert’s rider that bars judicial review of the Delta Tunnels. MWDOC is a member agency of the powerful … Continued

California lacks real marine protection as Governor Brown expands offshore drilling

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One of the big news stories neglected by the media is the capture of California politics and the regulatory apparatus by Big Oil and other corporate interests in recent years – and the massive expansion of offshore drilling that has occurred … Continued

Coalition Urges Attorney General Becerra to Stop Rider that Would Ban Delta Tunnels Litigation

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SACRAMENTO, CA — This morning, an environmental coalition of ten groups sent a letterto Attorney General Xavier Becerra requesting that Mr. Becerra take action to stop a rider that would exempt the CA WaterFix project from judicial review, according to … Continued

Delta Supervisors Slam Tunnels at Delta Conveyance Design & Construction JPA Meeting

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County Supervisors from the Delta Counties Coalition voiced their opposition to the construction of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels during the public comment period at the first board meeting of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority (DCA) on Thursday, May … Continued

Two bills blocking new offshore drilling pass through Appropriations Committee

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Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s Assembly Bill 1775 and Senator Hannah Beth Jackson’s Senate Bill 834, bills to protect the California coast from new federal offshore drilling leases, passed out of their respective Appropriations Committees today after being referred to the suspense file in April. The Assembly and … Continued

RTD Action Alert: Federal Rider Would Eliminate Litigation Against Delta Tunnels

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A rider included in the draft House FY 19 Interior Appropriations bill would exempt CA WaterFix from judicial review, including preempting state law to preclude litigation under state laws. This dangerous precedent would prevent anyone with standing from suing the Delta … Continued

Department of Water Resources Director announces ‘organizational adjustments’ prompted by Delta Tunnels project

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In a memo released today, California Department of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth outlined “organizational adjustments” prompted by the latest developments in Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project, also known as the California WaterFix. In the memo, she proclaimed, “Final permitting … Continued

Groups Accuse Metropolitan Water District of Violating Brown Act, Jeopardizing Tunnels Vote

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On the eve of tomorrow’s vote on the Delta Tunnels by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, two groups today accused the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California’s Board of Directors of “blatantly violating” the Brown Act, the state’s landmark open government … Continued