Author: Dan Bacher

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Gov. Newsom’s May budget revision allocates $200 million to plug California’s abandoned and orphaned oil wells

California Governor Gavin Newsom on May 14 unveiled his May budget revision that allocates $200 million to plug abandoned and orphaned oil and gas wells, many located near low-income residential areas where the majority of residents are Latino and Black. By Dan Bacher In January 2020, a report by the California Council on Science & Technology revealed that California taxpayers could […]

May 17th

California water wars: State and Federal Projects exported massive amounts of Sacramento Delta water over the past decade

Here is a revised version of my brief presentation to the State Water Resources Control Board on March 4 regarding the Bureau of Reclamation’s temperature management that will devastate salmon populations on the Central Valley rivers: By Dan Bacher I’m Dan Bacher, an independent journalist that has been covering fish, water and environmental justice issues for over […]

May 12th

California salmon advocates say water injustice highlighted by Governor’s drought declaration

Governor Gavin Newsom expanded his drought emergency declaration on Monday to 39 additional counties, including the Klamath River, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Tulare Lake Watershed counties where he said “accelerated action is needed to protect public health, safety and the environment.” By Dan Bacher A total of 41 counties are now under a drought state […]

May 11th

Hatchery salmon releases scheduled in San Francisco Bay due to poor river conditions

San Francisco — Responding to requests by the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GSSA), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced Wednesday that it is trucking all of its hatchery baby salmon to release sites in and around San Francisco Bay this year to minimize drought-related losses exacerbated by the draining of Central Valley Project and State Water Project reservoirs to supply irrigation water […]

May 2nd

California Gov Newsom takes action to ban fracking by Jan. 2024, phase out oil extraction by 2045

In a move previewed in a Politico report yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom today directed the  California Department of Conservation’s Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) Division to “initiate regulatory action to end the issuance of new permits for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) by January 2024. In addition, Governor Newsom requested that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) “analyze pathways […]

April 24th

Salmon advocates criticize California Governor Newsom for promoting Sites Dam, voluntary agreements during drought

On a dry section of extremely low Lake Mendocino on Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a regional state of emergency for the Russian River Watershed in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties to protect communities and reduce environmental impacts from the drought, but he didn’t issue a statewide drought emergency as many had hoped he would. By Dan Bacher Governor […]

April 23rd

Yurok and Karuk Tribes respond to Klamath Operations plan during severe drought

In response to consecutive years of drought conditions in the Klamath Basin, including the lowest historical inflows on record into Upper Klamath Lake this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation yesterday announced the release of its Klamath Irrigation Project 2021 Temporary Operations Plan. By Dan Bacher The Klamath River Basin is in a dire situation this year. The plan […]

April 17th

Coalition backing California’s SB 467 vows to continue fighting for setbacks, end to dangerous oil drilling

In a follow-up to my article yesterday on the blocking of Senate Bill 467 in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment, below my short commentary is a press release from the statewide coalition of environmental, economic, racial justice and public health organizations that supported the bill. By Dan Bacher The coalition today announced […]

April 15th

Three oil-soaked CA Senate Democrats kill key environmental justice bill banning fracking

In a disappointing but not surprising vote, the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water has failed to approve Senate Bill 467, a bill that would begin the process of protecting communities from harmful oil and gas drilling in a state often falsely portrayed as the nation’s “green” and “progressive” leader. By Dan Bacher […]

April 14th

So much for Green California – VISION scorecard reveals only 9 CA legislators are climate and environmental justice champions

On April 7, the environmental justice coalition VISION released a comprehensive scorecard assessing the oil and gas records of California legislators over the past nine years. Despite the Legislature’s constant portrayal of itself as the nation’s “green” and “progressive” leader, only 9 state legislators emerged as “champions” in the scorecard. By Dan Bacher Even more alarming, nearly 50% […]

April 13th

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ‘gravely concerned’ about DAPL’s continued operation under Biden

In a huge blow to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, other Tribes and environmental groups, the Biden administration has said that it won’t shut down the illegally constructed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), effectively maintaining the Trump position on the pipeline. By Dan Bacher Speaking before a federal judge, representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of […]

April 12th

California can’t quit big oil because its pols can’t quit big oil money

This week, the environmental justice coalition VISION released a scorecard assessing the oil and gas records of California legislators. This scorecard represents a comprehensive analysis of legislative voting records during each legislator’s entire time in office. By Dan Bacher According to VISION, “It is the first and only scorecard to take into account the past nine […]

April 11th