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Sat May 28, 2016, 06:04 PM

California Back in Big Oil's Crosshairs as Feds Quietly OK Offshore Fracking

Source: CommonDreams by Staff Writer Nadia Prupis

Two federal agencies on Friday quietly finalized two reports, set for release next week, that found offshore fracking in California poses no "significant" risk to the environment—paving the way for oil and gas companies to resume the controversial extraction method in the Santa Barbara Channel and imperiling the region's wildlife in the process, opponents said. The announcement Friday from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (OEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement puts an end to a court-ordered ban on offshore fracking in federal waters off the coast of California. The moratorium was put into place in January as part of a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), which challenged the Obama administration's 'rubber-stamping' of offshore drilling activity without an environmental review.

Environmental activists warned on Friday that kicking off a new round of drilling in the area puts wildlife at risk from chemical-laden wastewater and said they would be willing to file another lawsuit to keep it from happening. "The Obama administration is once again putting California's beautiful coast in the oil industry's crosshairs," said Miyoko Sakashita, director of CBD's Oceans program. "Our beaches and wildlife face a renewed threat from fracking chemicals and oil spills. New legal action may be the only way to get federal officials to do their jobs and protect our ocean from offshore fracking."

Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the environmental advocacy group Food & Water Watch, criticized President Barack Obama for "doubling down on fracking, instead of providing climate leadership and protecting our communities and our environment." "This move paves the way for offshore fracking permits that were previously frozen and the dumping of toxic wastewater directly into the Pacific Ocean where Californians swim, fish, and surf," Hauter said. The news comes a year after a pipeline rupture in Santa Barbara sent tens of thousands of gallons of crude spilling onto public beaches and into the Pacific Ocean. The operator of the pipeline, Plains All American, has a history of wreaking environmental havoc throughout Southern California and elsewhere.

And it also follows the recent signing of the historic deal reached in Paris last December to keep global temperature rise under 2°C, a goal that climate advocates say can only be reached by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and investing in renewal energy. "It's clear that Americans want an inspiring new vision for our energy system," Hauter said. "The president continues to indicate that he is not the person to fulfill that vision. It’s a vision that can only be achieved by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and moving swiftly to a system driven by energy efficiency and renewables."


Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/28/california-back-big-oils-crosshairs-feds-quietly-ok-offshore-fracking

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Reply California Back in Big Oil's Crosshairs as Feds Quietly OK Offshore Fracking (Original post)
kadaholo May 2016 OP
oldandhappy May 2016 #1
Moostache May 2016 #2
passiveporcupine May 2016 #3
reddread May 2016 #12
hollysmom May 2016 #4
LiberalLovinLug May 2016 #21
forest444 May 2016 #32
JudyM May 2016 #5
stuffmatters May 2016 #27
JudyM May 2016 #28
stuffmatters May 2016 #30
JudyM May 2016 #31
onecaliberal May 2016 #6
hopemountain May 2016 #7
Triana May 2016 #8
Brother Buzz May 2016 #16
Person 2713 May 2016 #24
Dont call me Shirley May 2016 #9
Crash2Parties May 2016 #22
jalan48 May 2016 #10
840high May 2016 #11
dhill926 May 2016 #13
zalinda May 2016 #14
olddad56 May 2016 #19
zalinda May 2016 #20
AZ Progressive May 2016 #15
abelenkpe May 2016 #17
elleng May 2016 #18
Jnclr89 May 2016 #23
freebrew May 2016 #25
RKP5637 May 2016 #26
villager May 2016 #29

Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 06:05 PM

1. this makes me furious

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 06:26 PM

2. What could *possibly* go wrong?

I mean, its not like fracking has caused enormous spikes in tectonic activity in say Oklahoma or anything.

Why not disturb the San Andreas?
It'll be fine...
Trust me.

(says the guy in the silk suit with an Exxon-Mobil business card...)

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 06:28 PM

3. This is so disappointing

I hope Cali is successful in renewing the ban.

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Response to passiveporcupine (Reply #3)

Sat May 28, 2016, 07:58 PM

12. Jerry Brown wont oppose that, not sincerely

 

the entire rest of the state minus a few profiteers would.
lets see what happens.

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 06:30 PM

4. what is the obsession with destroying the planet as fast as possible?

Do oil execs want to see the "last days" in their lifetime?

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #4)

Sat May 28, 2016, 10:56 PM

21. I guess the plan is to strip the planet and then move into their domed city

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #21)

Sun May 29, 2016, 11:31 PM

32. Or something along the lines of Elysium.

Healing bed and all.

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 06:30 PM

5. Hopefully this will be publicized quickly and widely through California.

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Response to JudyM (Reply #5)

Sun May 29, 2016, 05:37 PM

27. Bernie needs to make an immediate ad about this in California

Bernie Sanders on record as resolutely anti-fracking, the only candidate of either party who is. Californians need to be warned about
this egregious threat to our coasts asap, while they still have time to vote for the only candidate who will stand against this insanity.

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Response to stuffmatters (Reply #27)

Sun May 29, 2016, 05:46 PM

28. +1. How to get that moving?

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Response to JudyM (Reply #28)

Sun May 29, 2016, 08:39 PM

30. I'm thinking send news to twitters of Digby, Paul Rosenberg, Michael Hilzik for starters

Maybe #Bernie, Save California's Ocean from Frackers and then copy of the Common Dreams article.

I think these three widely read SoCa journalists(Rosenberg Long Beach & Digby Santa Monica for Salon, Hilzik for L.A. Times) are all still neutral on Bernie vs Hillary and they are aware enough to know that only Sanders unilaterally stands against fracking.

If I were more computer literate (like knew how to make an email out of a news story) or were on twitter I'd do it. Twitter addresses @digby56,@PaulHRosenberg@hiltzikm.



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Response to stuffmatters (Reply #30)

Sun May 29, 2016, 11:08 PM

31. I'm not on Twitter either. Anybody else here?

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 06:44 PM

6. What the hell.

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 06:45 PM

7. this must be addressed - now!

we have so much work to do to stop this fracking business. according to reports, we have 5Xs the oil reserves we will ever need stored around the country - but primarily below ground off the texas shore.

what is the point of continued oil extraction? well, to sell to china, of course!

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 06:47 PM

8. California is STILL amidst a historic drought. Fracking uses MILLIONS of gallons of water

 

for EACH fracked well and that water, once used for this purpose is NOT reusable.

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Response to Triana (Reply #8)

Sat May 28, 2016, 08:18 PM

16. Umm, California has plenty of saltwater

and in most situations, saltwater will work well, although I'd hate to see the rest of the toxic shit they use in their secret 'fracking cocktail' escape into the marine environment.

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Response to Triana (Reply #8)

Sun May 29, 2016, 10:22 AM

24. Also I thought the SB area had a desalinization plant to bring fresh h2O during droughts

Won't that be the same salt h2O area used in fracking that is a concern regarding marine life ?
They already had a pipe burst yuck
nothanks on tasty toxins

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 07:06 PM

9. Offshore fracking? What could possibly go wrong?!

These dumbfucks never quit.

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #9)

Sun May 29, 2016, 01:42 AM

22. I know, right?

It's not like fracking results in toxic waste pretty much everywhere around the wells, or anything...

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 07:22 PM

10. That Obama-Hope and Change it is.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #10)

Sat May 28, 2016, 07:31 PM

11. I think you are right.

 

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 08:00 PM

13. folks in Santa Barbara area....

will not take kindly to this. Expect a huge fight...

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 08:14 PM

14. Damn, Obama must want as much money as Hillary

when he hits her age. I mean he has that 5 million dollar house to pay for.

Z

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Response to zalinda (Reply #14)

Sat May 28, 2016, 09:46 PM

19. that was a stupid comment

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #19)

Sat May 28, 2016, 10:19 PM

20. Really, then why would he let this happen

ANY thinking person would know that this is a disaster waiting to happen, or does no one remember The Gulf of Mexico? At least in the Gulf, it could be some what contained, if something happens here, it's goodbye oceans, because you know, no one would find out about it until it was too late.

Just when I thought he couldn't get much lower than TPP, he does this.

Z

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 08:17 PM

15. This is an example of the madness that is permitted because of Neoliberalism

Something that establishment Democrats seem to approve of.

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 08:19 PM

17. What. The. Fuck.

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sat May 28, 2016, 08:40 PM

18. DAMN!

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2016, 02:46 AM

23. Fracking is one think...

 

legal or not. Fracking of the coast of Santa Barbara, California is another. The ecological effect is uncertain, if not tragic.

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2016, 10:42 AM

25. Because????

they don't have enough earthquakes in the area?


I thought we elected a Democrat. Who is he really working for?
Certainly not the people's interests.(Well, maybe the rich ones).

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2016, 10:47 AM

26. FFS!!!!! n/t

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Response to kadaholo (Original post)

Sun May 29, 2016, 07:41 PM

29. This administration's antipathy for wilderness and wildlife rivals the GOP's...

 

Not quite the "change" I was "hoping" for...

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