Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Westlands Water Tunnel Critics Respond to Secret Settlement as Native Smelt Nears Extinction

Westlands Water Tunnel Critics Respond to Secret Settlement as Native Smelt Nears Extinction
Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Jerry Brown's rush to build massive Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to the prospect of a secret settlement of the debt Westlands Water District owes to US taxpayers and the near extinction presently of Delta Smelt.
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$67B Peripheral Tunnels Too Much for Economist Hired to Show Financial Benefit of Frack-Happy Project

$67B Peripheral Tunnels Too Much for Economist Hired to Show Financial Benefit of Frack-Happy Project
In the latest episode in the sordid saga of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels, two environmental groups revealed on June 20 that even an economist hired by BDCP officials won't sign off on the controversial project. Dr. David Sunding, an economist on the faculty of the University of California-Berkeley and a principal with The Brattle Group, said at the recent Continuing Legal Education Water Law Conference in San Diego that "given the financial uncertainties if he were a water agency, he would not sign off" on the BDCP.
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$67B Tunnel Plan Moving Forward Without Permits or Plans to Pay for It

$67B Tunnel Plan Moving Forward Without Permits or Plans to Pay for It
California Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is stepping up its efforts to fast-track the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels, as revealed in a memorandum sent to Department of Water Resources. Delta advocates criticized the memo for being the latest in a series of actions taken by the Brown administration to rush the construction of the peripheral tunnels before permitting of the process is complete — and before any financial plan or agreement to pay for the tunnels, estimated to cost $67 billion or more, is in place.
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California Legislators Call for Offshore Oil Fracking Investigation

California Legislators Call for Offshore Oil Fracking Investigation
Assemblymember Das Williams and eight other California lawmakers are calling on the Department of Interior and Environmental Protection Agency to investigate reports of fracking beneath the seabed floor off the California Coast. It's the first of what should be many investigations into the expansion of hydraulic fracturing in the Pacific Ocean.
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Sacramento County Opposes Plan to Build Peripheral Tunnels

Sacramento County has joined other Delta region cities and counties, family farmers, fishermen, Indian Tribes, environmentalists and Southern California ratepayers in the battle to stop the Governor's plan to build peripheral tunnels to divert more water to corporate agribusiness and southern California.
On July 24, 2012, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the currently proposed draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). "The current plan proposes alternatives and mitigation for the construction of a major water conveyance system in the Delta with little regard to the ongoing concerns expressed by the County of Sacramento," according to a statement from the County.
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