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Trump bailing on another promise – using US steel for pipelines

Just four days after he took office, Pr*sident Donald Trump fulfilled one of his campaign promises by issuing a memorandum calling for a Commerce Department study on using American steel for pipelines – all-new, retrofitted, repaired, or expanded U.S. pipelines. The problem for Trump is that it’s likely no way can be found to craft a domestic-steel-only policy that’s legal. […]

May 5th

Trump admin rams through DAPL pipeline approval shockingly fast

With the announcement that the Trump administration is cutting through all the normal procedures and approving the DAPL pipeline, construction could resume tomorrow. By Jeremy Bloom From Indigenous Rising: Today, the Department of Army send a notice of intent to grant the final easement to Dakota Access pipeline to cross Lake Oahe, also known as […]

February 8th

Did Jerry Brown’s campaign launder dirty money from big oil?

by Dan Bacher The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced  that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown’s 2014 election campaign.  In her letter to the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, Galena […]

September 29th

Western States Petroleum Association wins the prestigious “Scummy” Award

by Dan Bacher   The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the lobbying organization for Big Oil in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, received the prestigious “Scummy Award” from the environmental group “Stop Fooling California” (stopfoolingca.org) on June 17 for “fighting for the oil industry’s right to pollute.” In every edition of Stop Fooling California’s “The Crude Truth” newsletter, the […]

June 18th

Cali county voters pass fracking ban

By Dan Bacher The voters in Butte County, California approved a fracking ban, Measure E, by an overwhelming 71 percent on June 7. Butte is the fourth California county to ban the environmentally destructive and dangerous method of oil extraction, according to a statement from Frack-Free Butte County,  the campaign organized by the Citizens Action Network (CAN), in coordination with the Butte Environmental […]

June 10th

Offshore fracking returns to Cali. Thanks, Obama?

By Dan Bacher Claiming that fracking poses no significant impact to the environment, Obama administration officials on May 27 finalized their plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and acidizing  in California’s Santa Barbara Channel. The announcement from the two agencies responsible for oil drilling, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Management (BOEM) and the […]

May 28th

Exxon’s shareholders are revolting – but it’s not enough

By R L Miller Yesterday I spoke truth to oil at the Exxon annual shareholders’ meeting in Dallas.  I came from California with a simple message for shareholders. Stop empowering and enabling Exxon with the farce of shareholder resolutions designed to nudge the oil giant into disclosing what it knows about carbon risks. Instead, it’s time […]

May 26th

TransCanada plugs leak in Keystone I pipeline and turns on the flow from the tar sands again

By Meteor Blades Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. found the leak in Keystone I pipeline late Friday, patched it and opened the valves Sunday. The leak was found nine days ago by a farmer (NOT by the pipeline company) near a pump station in Freeman, South Dakota, a rural area. Nearly 17,000 gallons—400 barrels—of oil had leaked before the pipeline was shut down […]

April 11th

Obama admin reverses course, will NOT open up more offshore drilling

By Meteor Blades Back in January 2015, the Obama administration pleased oil companies and kindled fierce opposition when it announced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s five-year plan for offshore oil development off the southeast Atlantic Coast. Tuesday, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced a surprising retreat: “We heard from many corners that now is not the time […]

March 15th

Porter Ranch leak shows gas is a disaster for California

By Dan Bacher Three groups – Save Porter Ranch, the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch – on Saturday, January 23 released a joint statement accusing the South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing Board (AQMD) of making a decision regarding the SoCalGas Leak that “fails to adequately protect residents” of Porter Ranch and […]

January 25th