Obama Administration OKs Offshore Fracking in California


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LOS ANGELES— The Obama administration today finalized plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and dumping fracking chemicals mixed with wastewater in California’s wildlife-rich Santa Barbara Channel.

Lawsuit Likely as Regulators Ignore Risks, Lift Fracking Moratorium in Federal Waters.

Today’s announcement from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement ends a court-ordered settlement that placed a moratorium on offshore fracking and acidizing in federal waters off California.
“The Obama administration is once again putting California’s beautiful coast in the oil industry’s crosshairs,” said Miyoko Sakashita, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’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.”
More: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/offshore-fracking-05-27-2016.html


Federal regulators ruled Friday that offshore hydraulic fracturing has no “significant” environmental impact off California’s coast.
The research by the agencies analyzed both fracking and other well stimulation techniques in the 23 offshore drilling platforms that have operated off California’s coast from 1982 to 2014. Read More: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/281543-feds-clear-california-offshore-fracking

Image – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Off_Shore_Drilling_Rig,_Santa_Barbara,_CA,_6_December,_2011.JPG

Move to Amend Ojai presents “When Money Talks” author Derek Cressman




“When money talks, democracy walks.
Read this book to learn how We The People can take back
our elections.” — Robert Reich

You’re invited to join us at eitther one of these events, or both,
if you’re so inclined:

Public talk and Q&A- 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Bell Arts Factory 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA 93001

Afterparty – 5:30 to 7:00
home of Kris and Joanne Young
407 Del Norte Road, Ojai, CA 93023

The movement to amend the Constitution to end the corrupting influence of money grows stronger every day. Now author/activist Derek Cressman has written a book called “When Money Talks – The High Price of ‘Free’ Speech and the Selling of Democracy,” outlining steps activists can take to make democratic reform a reality. Derek’s broad understanding of politics and his commitment to transformative change make his book a must-read, both for members of the general public seeking to better understand these issues and for organizers looking for the best path forward.

Move To Amend Ojai will host author Derek Cressman at 2 events on Sunday May 29th. Derek will speak at the Bell Arts Factory community center in Ventura at 2:00, then share food and conversation at the home of Kris and Joanne Young in Ojai at 5:30. Come to either event, or come to both!

Derek Cressman has worked professionally to strengthen campaign finance laws since 1995, as Director of the State PIRG’s Democracy Program, and as Vice President for States with Common Cause. He ran for California Secretary of State in the June 2014 primary, championing the cause of democratic reform during that run.

May 21 Call to Action: Rally against Monsanto!


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Saturday, May 21, is global March Against Monsanto Day.

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Saturday is also a great opportunity to let the world know that we, the people, will hold Monsanto accountable for its crimes against humanity and nature, at the October 15-16 International Monsanto Tribunal.

Please join a march near you, or organize a march in your community. Use this year’s march to let your community know about the upcoming International Monsanto Tribunal, and that we will need everyone’s help to organize even bigger rallies against Monsanto on October 16, World Food Day, the day the tribunal wraps up its formal testimony.

Ventura March Against Monsanto

Find a march near you.

Download leaflets and posters for your May 21 march.

Learn more about the International Monsanto Tribunal.

Download a media advisory template that you can personalize and send to your local newspapers to let them know about your upcoming march.

Monsanto’s profits are down. And for the first time in 20 years, the number of acres planted in GMO crops has decreased.

Nearly 40 countries have banned GMO crops.

The European Commission is under increasing pressure to reject Monsanto’s request to renew its license Roundup/glyphosate, and in the U.S., more than half a million people have petitioned the EPA to do the same.

Last year, the 17 scientists on the World Health Organization’s prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) panel unanimously agreed that Monsanto’s Roundup is a probable human carcinogen.

This year, the grassroots food movement has blocked efforts by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to pass a federal law preempting Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law. The law will take effect July 1, unless a last-ditch effort by Monsanto and Big Food stops it.

Many food companies are already labeling, or have announced plans to label their GMO ingredients. Some of those companies say they now support mandatory labeling.

It has taken nearly 20 years, but we—and that means you—have come a long way in our efforts to bring down one of the largest, most destructive, multinational corporations in the world.

FCC signed off on the Charter/Time Warner Cable merger



May 6, 2016
FROM The Free Press — “The FCC signed off on the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger, which will lead to higher prices and fewer choices in communities nationwide.”
Read Article http://www.freepress.net/node/107399

Yikes! Whatever happened to choice and diversity as a way of promoting balanced and fair practices?

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve Charter Communications’ $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks… The 5-member commission voted 4-1, with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai the lone nay vote. — FROM http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/05/06/fcc-approves-79b-charter-time-warner-cable-merger/84036184/

Read Ajit Pai’s statement (the only person that voted against the merger)
So why is the Commission approving this merger?
Because it has turned the transaction into a vehicle for advancing its ambitious agenda tomicromanage the Internet economy.

“Second time’s the charm: where Comcast failed, Charter has succeeded. Time Warner Cable officially has its buyer as of today.”
— FROM https://consumerist.com/2016/04/25/charter-twc-merger-approved/

Charter/Time Warner Cable Deal details

Justice Department doc

FCC Proceedings Info.

File a complaint with the Department of Justice (not sure which one on this page)

File Complaint with FCC


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