KQED reports that California’s historic drought and shrinking water supplies are putting a spotlight on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and its thirst for freshwater. In other states, the controversial technique is a heavy water consumer, using millions of gallons of freshwater to extract oil or gas from each well.
In California, fracking uses less water on average than in other states, according to industry data. But that trend is shifting, as oil companies make a play for the [...]
Continue reading With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use
Based on an original article by Dan Bacher
Hundreds of indigenous people from California and across the country as well as water activists involved in fighting the Delta Water and other water infrastructure projects gathered with a crowd of over 4000 activists at the State Capitol in Sacramento on March 15 to send a clear message to Governor Jerry Brown: ban fracking, an environmentally destructive oil extraction practice that pollutes groundwater, rivers and the oceans.
Many of the speakers [...]
Continue reading Hundreds of Tribal representatives and water activists join huge rally to oppose fracking
Crossposted from Restore the Delta. Opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called the tunnels a flawed solution for a drought-plagued state. The experts criticized the tunnels as an outdated, inappropriate solution to California’s water challenges, one that would create no new water, be of no use in dry years, and drain $70 billion that could otherwise be spent on projects that create [...]
Continue reading California can’t tunnel its way out of drought
By Dan Bacher. Campaigners have called for the Brown Administration to extend the time for citizens to comment on the massive Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) as news emerged that the total costs for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan could be as high as $67 billion.
This new figure was revealed at a Westlands Water District board meeting in November 2013 by a Westlands staff member and a Citigroup bond consultant. It counters the claims by Brown administration officials [...]
Continue reading Campaigners call for more consultation as Delta plan costs rise to $67 billion
Thanks to Restore the Delta for the suggested points.
It will cost a lot of money: close to $17 billion to construct the Peripheral Tunnels, plus $8 billion for conservation measures. This doesn’t include financing costs over the 50-year term of the project, which bring the total to over $50 billion. When was the last time that you saw a major public works project that didn’t far exceed initial cost estimates? [...]
Continue reading 10 reasons to oppose the Bay Delta tunnel project
by Dan Bacher
Dennis McEwan’s opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee glorifying the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels is a classic example of the triumph of political science over natural science that characterizes the agency that he works for, the Department of Water Resources (DWR).
Nowhere in this piece does the DWR biologist mention that federal agency scientists skewered the BDCP’s draft environmental documents – and have repeatedly said that the [...]
Continue reading Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not the ‘most realistic plan’
Chief Caleen Sisk re-affirmed the Winnemem Wintu opposition’s against the construction of the peripheral water export tunnels and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), as Governor Jerry Brown’s administration released the preliminary Environmental Impact Report and the BDCP plan to the public on December 9 2013.
As California’s State Water Project currently operates, far too much water is sucked from the San Francisco/Sacramento Delta, the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast, and sent to the state’s water brokers, who support [...]
Continue reading Winnemem Wintu Reject Bay Delta Conservation Plan
Republished from SPCR. By Sharon McNary | November 21st, 2013
A group of 27 former campaign and administration advisors to Gov. Jerry Brown released a letter Thursday asking him to ban the unconventional oil extraction method known as fracking until more is known about its effects on global warming, air and water pollution.
Continue reading Former advisors to Gov. Brown request fracking ban
By Jim Johnson. Crossposted from Monterey County Herald
A citizens group in Monterrey is putting forward a ballot that would require the water district to draw up plans for taking water services back into public hands. Services are controlled currently by private company California American Water. Their exorbitant profits and mismanagement, including a failed desalination project and an expensive dam removal, have led to growing anger against the company and provide an opportunity to put water back under [...]
Continue reading Monterey citizens group eyes ballot measure for public buyout of private water company
Vacaville’s The Reporter printed the following editorial that reinforced some of the arguments we have been making against the ill-conceived Bay Delta Plan,, although the proposed solution of desalinization is not a good one:
Editorial: Delta Plan Misses Main Point
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan took a dramatic turn last week, acknowledging some of the concerns of Delta farmers by re-routing a proposed massive tunnel system to affect a smaller area and stay mostly on public land.
Continue reading The Reporter editorial: Delta Plan misses main point