By Peter Hegarty | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 3, 2019 at 6:13 am | UPDATED: January 3, 2019 at 9:42 am HAYWARD — Hayward has come out against the Trump administration’s plans to allow new oil and gas drilling off the California coast, saying it could undermine the city’s regional shoreline. Approximately 75 California cities or counties have passed resolutions opposing expansion of drilling along the coast, a move that the administration announced in January last year as part of allowing drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters. Giving energy companies access to areas where they can secure leases to carry out offshore drilling will create jobs and help make the country more energy self-sufficient, according to supporters. But opponents say the move will contribute to climate change and sea level rise, which will threaten the Bay Area environment. “Maybe we don’t have an ocean coastline, but we … [Read more...] about Hayward comes out against proposal for offshore drilling
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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration last week proposed a streamlining of federal clean water rules that will thrill Western New York farmers. No longer will they have to worry about Obama-era regulations that left them thinking they might have to get federal approval to dig a ditch. Developers and energy interests are thrilled, too, because the new Trump rules would open countless acres of America to development and drilling without any costly federal permitting process. But to hear environmentalists tell it, those costs and then some have merely been shifted – to anyone who cares about clean water. Environmentalists worry about increased pollution flowing into the Buffalo River and Lake Erie. They worry that drinking water supplies will be dirtier and more expensive to clean up. They worry that wetlands and the creatures that live there will disappear. Such are the ramifications of what both sides agree could be the biggest shake-up of federal water pollution regulations … [Read more...] about Trump water changes a boost for farmers – but how will they impact Lake Erie?
SEATTLE — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a herculean effort to save these iconic creatures," Inslee said in a prepared statement. "It will take action at every level of the environment across our entire state." Starved by a dearth of salmon, poisoned by contaminants, and buffeted by vessel noise that hinders their hunting and communication, the orcas that live in the waters between Washington state and Canada's Vancouver Island have failed to reproduce successfully in the past three years. One grieving whale carried her dead calf on her head for 17 days last summer in an apparent effort to revive it. There are 74 left in the population, the lowest number since the 1970s, when hundreds of orcas were captured in the region and … [Read more...] about Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery
Brian Melley, Associated Press Updated 1:21 pm PST, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 FILE - In March 26, 2011, file photo, threatening clouds are seen at sunrise on Tejon Ranch near Gorman, Calif. A 19,000 home development planned in fire-prone mountains on the outskirts of Los Angeles County faces a final vote from county supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. The decision comes as critics draw attention to the high fire hazard in the area as the state recovers from deadly and devastating wildfires in Northern and Southern California and tries to solve a major housing crisis. less FILE - In March 26, 2011, file photo, threatening clouds are seen at sunrise on Tejon Ranch near Gorman, Calif. A 19,000 home development planned in fire-prone mountains on the outskirts of Los Angeles County ... more Photo: David McNew, AP … [Read more...] about Los Angeles-area development in high fire zone up for vote
Darryl Fears, The Washington Post Published 12:02 pm PST, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 A coalition of environmental groups is suing the Trump administration for granting permits to seismic-mapping companies that allow them to harass and harm marine animals while blasting deafening sounds under the Atlantic Ocean in search of oil and gas deposits. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a federal court in Charleston, S.C., claims that the National Marine Fisheries Services, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration known as NOAA Fisheries, violated several federal laws that protect animals when it issued "incidental take" permits to five companies that submitted applications to carry out the seismic surveys. "This action is unlawful, and we're going to stop it," said Diane Hoskins, campaign director at Oceana, a nonprofit group. "Seismic air gun blasting can harm everything from tiny zooplankton and fish to dolphins and whales. More than 90 percent of the … [Read more...] about Environmental groups sue US over sonic blasts that search for resources and hurt fish