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West Virginia Train Disaster Spikes Opposition to California Project

West Virginia Train Disaster Spikes Opposition to California Project

Fossil Fuels: A disastrous train derailment that spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil and forced the evacuation of two West Virginia communities on Monday is causing trouble for proponents of a similar line in San Luis Obispo County, as the city of San Luis Obispo has pledged to oppose the line.
Report: Fracking Imperils Southern California Residents, Wildlife

Report: Fracking Imperils Southern California Residents, Wildlife

Natural Gas: A state report released Wednesday says that fracking at three oil fields in Southern California poses significant potential risk to the environment and public health.
U.S. Carbon Emissions Are Rising Again

U.S. Carbon Emissions Are Rising Again

Climate Change: In the run-up to the anticipated announcement next week of new, strict federal greenhouse gas emissions limits for power plants, a federal agency has announced that the nation's carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use have started rising again after a five-year decline.
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Fracking Waste is Being Dumped Into the Ocean Off California's Coast

Fracking Waste is Being Dumped Into the Ocean Off California's Coast

Petroleum: If you have an uneasy feeling about where California's offshore rigs dispose of their fracking wastewater, you may well be correct. About half of the state's offshore rigs pump at least some of their wastewater right into the Santa Barbara Channel.
'If a Bird Were To Fly Through That, It Would Catch On Fire'

'If a Bird Were To Fly Through That, It Would Catch On Fire'

Concentrating Solar: A proponent of and user of BrightSource's technology readily admitted on the public record that birds flying through the solar flux from a relatively small power tower project would burst into flame.
Fracking Projects Approved Off Santa Barbara Coast, Opposition Swells

Fracking Projects Approved Off Santa Barbara Coast, Opposition Swells

Petroleum: A media investigation has revealed that federal regulators quietly approved at least four fracking projects off the Santa Barbara coast without environmental review, prompting a national environmental group is calling for an immediate end to the practice.
New Fracking Law Regulates Injecting Acid Into Ground

New Fracking Law Regulates Injecting Acid Into Ground

Commentary: We made an error in our recent assessment of SB 4, the fracking regulation bill written by State Senator Fran Pavley that was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown September 20. Here's our correction on this technical, but important, aspect.
5 Things California's Fracking Bill Will Do

5 Things California's Fracking Bill Will Do

Government: Senate Bill 4, the bill that enacts new regulation of fracking in the state of California, has come under fire from environmental groups. Its author, State Senator Fran Pavley, says critics are blowing the bill's flaws out of proportion. But what does the bill actually do?
Feinstein Supports California Fracking Bill

Feinstein Supports California Fracking Bill

Natural Gas: California's U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has reaffirmed her concerns over the fossil fuel extraction process known as "fracking" by informally endorsing a bill in the state Legislature tthat would put strict limits on the practice.
Air Force Considers More Drilling Off California Coast

Air Force Considers More Drilling Off California Coast

Petroleum: The U.S. Military has taken the lead in getting the nation off fossil fuels and onto renewable energy in a series of well-thought-out programs over the past few years. This isn't one of them.
Californians Oppose Fracking, but Some Could Be Bribed with Cheap Fuel

Californians Oppose Fracking, but Some Could Be Bribed with Cheap Fuel

Natural Gas: Almost half of Calfornians are opposed to more fracking in the state, according to a poll released Friday, but some of those opposed say they could be bought off with cheaper fuel.
Proposed Federal Fracking Rules Favor Industry

Proposed Federal Fracking Rules Favor Industry

Government: "Fracking has been done safely for decades," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. "There is no doubt that this essential tool will be used for decades to come."
California Cities Snub Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

California Cities Snub Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Utilities: On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council finalized a much-lauded agreement to wean the city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) off coal-fired electricity, and went on to oppose reopening of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. On that same day, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passed a resolution urging the city's pension fund managers to sell off their interests in fossil fuel companies.
Finding California Oil Pipelines Near Your Home Not So Easy

Finding California Oil Pipelines Near Your Home Not So Easy

Petroleum: California has its share of oil pipelines, and we are indeed vulnerable when they fail. But finding out just whether your home, your workplace, or the school your children attend might be vulnerable to oil spill damage is harder than it should be.