A political committee funded by oil companies has launched ads on the Internet attacking state Sen. Connie Leyva for opposing the reelection of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, a fellow Democrat, and questioning Levya’s party loyalty. The advertisements on YouTube are the latest episode in a skirmish that has divided Democrats in the state over Brown, a moderate who helped stall a provision of last year’s climate change bill that would have cut petroleum use significantly in California. The ads, put up without coordination with Brown’s campaign, were paid for by the Coalition to Restore California’s Middle Class, which is funded by energy companies including Chevron Corp., Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp. (Los Angeles Times)
Energy funded PAC accused of inserting ‘racially divisive’ ad into state San Bernardino Assembly race
Los Angeles Times | Patrick McGreevy
A political committee funded by oil companies has launched ads on the Internet attacking state Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino for opposing the reelection of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino, a fellow Democrat, and questioning Levya’s party loyalty. A spokesman for Leyva shot back that the ads are “racially divisive” and “reprehensible.” The advertisements on YouTube are the latest episode in a skirmish that has divided Democrats in the state over Brown, a moderate who helped stall a provision of last year’s climate change bill that would have cut petroleum use significantly in California.
Petitioners seek more disclosure on fracking chemicals
Associated Press | Matthew Brown
Landowners, environmentalists and public health workers petitioned Montana regulators on Tuesday to require companies to more fully divulge which “fracking” chemicals they use to produce oil and gas. A 2011 state rule allows companies to conceal chemicals they consider to be trade secrets. Officials can request the full ingredients list in the event of a spill or release of the fluids. Critics say the trade secrets exception represents an unlawful loophole, violating the public’s right to know about chemicals that can contaminate groundwater and pollute the air.
Fracking Operations Leave Many Pennsylvania Residents Worried About Water Quality
WBUR | Maryam Jameel
[Audio] A draft report last year from the Environmental Protection Agency said the drinking water contamination related to hydraulic fracturing was not widespread or systemic. But, Pennsylvania residents who live near drilling operations have filed thousands of complaints, and sometimes waited for years for answers about the quality of their water.
Coast Guard reports 4,200-gallon crude oil spill in Barataria Bay
The Times-Picayune | Mark Schleifstein
A Hilcorp Energy pipeline is the source of a spill of 4,200 gallons of crude oil near Lake Grande Ecaille, part of Barataria Bay and about 8 miles west of Empire, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. Officials with Houston-based Hilcorp told the Coast Guard the abandoned flow line was secured Monday after the spill was discovered. On Tuesday, the company issued a statement saying that the leak occurred in an abandoned flow line in the Lake Washington oil field in Plaquemines Parish. “The leak was immediately stopped and the spill has been contained,” the statement said. “At this point, we are estimating the release to be between 30 to 100 barrels of oil.”
Environmentalists are again taking aim at the company that proposed the Keystone XL pipeline this time for another of its projects they fear would send hundreds of supertankers laden with crude oil down the Atlantic coast to refineries in Texas and Louisiana. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and other environmental groups are concerned about potential spills of tar sands diluted bitumen along the route in Canada that goes over thousands of rivers, streams and lakes. They also warned a spill along the east coast could prove devastating to communities that depend on tourism and fisheries and are not prepared to handle an event of this kind.