Today’s Top Stories:
Today, Caltrans will be holding a public workshop in Los Angeles where they will receive comments on a draft of the California Freight Mobility Plan. The workshop, one of several throughout the state, comes at a time when shipments of explosive crude oil by rail have skyrocketed, and regulators are seeking public input on how to protect communities from these ‘bomb trains.’
Public comment hearings on the proposed SB 4 regulations continue tomorrow in Bakersfield and Salinas.
Is fracking waste tainting Central Valley aquifers?
California regulators have ordered seven companies to stop injecting wastewater from fracking operations into underground aquifers in Kern County out of concern they could be contaminating drinking water.
Opinion / Blog/Press Release
Video: Brea Fracking Forum
An informal conversation with experts:
Dr. Tom Williams, PhD in Geology and Zoology, UCBerkeley
Hollin Kretzmann, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity
Alex Nagy, Southern California Organizer, Food & Water Watch
Measure P Preserves and Protects
The Santa Barbara Independent
Measure P bans specific, risky oil extraction techniques — fracking, acidizing, and steam injection — in Santa Barbara County used in new projects. I volunteered on this important initiative because I grew up in Lompoc where test wells may be drilled through the aquifer by Freeport McMoran, which has a terrible environmental record. I am raising my family in Carpinteria, a beautiful beach town that needs to be preserved and protected, not fracked and acidized.