LA and Venturas’ Nuclear Secret Episodes 3 and 4


Last night NBC4 aired the fourth segment in its year-long investigation of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, revealing new documents showing that contamination from SSFL has migrated to the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, site of a year-round children’s camp.

It is clear that the only way to protect nearby communities from Santa Susana Field Laboratory contamination is to make sure that it is all cleaned up, as was promised in 2010. Unfortunately, the cleanup agreements remain at risk. We need your help ensuring that SSFL is fully cleaned up. Contact us and get involved.

WATCH Part Three: LA’s Nuclear Secret:  Camp Cover Up

WATCH Part Four: LA’s Nuclear Secret:  Camp Cover Up Part 2

There is a large quantity of detail here in NBC’s database including current and archived investigative work

*The first two episodes are here:

Lawsuit Challenges Dangerous Oil Drilling in Southern California’s Santa Paula Canyon


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Santa-Paula-Oil-Drilling-300x225This morning CFROG, along with Los Padres ForestWatch and the Center for Biological Diversity, filed suit against the County of Ventura to halt a plan to drill 19 new oil wells in Santa Paula Canyon, a popular hiking trail adjacent to Condor nests and Steelhead habitat. Here’s the press release.

For Immediate Release, November 17, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges Dangerous Oil Drilling in Southern California’s Santa Paula Canyon

VENTURA, Calif. – Three conservation groups sued Ventura County today to halt a plan to drill 19 new oil wells along the Santa Paula Canyon Trail, a popular hiking trail that serves as a gateway to waterfalls, swimming holes, backcountry campsites and endangered species habitat in the Los Padres National Forest.

Despite objections from nearly 1,000 hikers and local residents and overwhelming expert scientific testimony, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved the oil wells on a 3-2 vote last month, relying in large part on an outdated environmental impact report prepared in 1978.

Today’s lawsuit, filed in Ventura County Superior Court by Los Padres ForestWatch, the Center for Biological Diversity and Citizens for Responsible Oil & Gas, says the County is required by law to conduct a new study of the environmental risks of the project.

While authorizing the doubling of oil wells in the area, the county failed to evaluate and reduce significant noise, visual and public safety impacts that oil drilling would cause to hikers on the trail. The county also failed to fully consider the risks posed by oil spills from a pipeline directly above Santa Paula Creek or study the contaminants draining from an oil pad that go directly into habitat for endangered Southern Steelhead trout.

The lawsuit urges the court to place the drilling project on hold until an adequate review is conducted to fully disclose all of the potential risks and damages of drilling.

The suit also challenges Ventura County’s failure to comply with the County’s own zoning ordinance governing the processing of applications for oil wells. The ordinance requires the county to reject an application if a facility is in violation of the terms and conditions of an existing permit. Conservation groups filed a formal complaint with county planners earlier this year outlining six longstanding violations at the facility which already put this area’s natural resources at risk. Despite these documented violations, the Planning Division processed the permit application.

A further violation of the zoning ordinance is alleged with an oil pad too close to the creek and a drain that empties into the creek. There has been no review of the discharge of increased contaminants into critical habitat.

In addition to Ventura County, today’s suit also names California Resources Corporation, the permit applicant and operator of 17 existing wells in Santa Paula Canyon, as as a “Real Party in Interest.” The company is a spinoff of global oil giant Occidental Petroleum, and is the largest oil and gas exploration and production company in California with more than $1.8 billion in revenues this year.

The petitioners are represented by the law firms of Chatten-Brown &and Carstens of Los Angeles and Quirk Law Firm LLP of Ventura. A copy of the lawsuit is available at  and

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Statements from Petitioners:

Los Padres ForestWatch
“Santa Paula Canyon is one of the crown jewels of Ventura County, with thousands of residents and visitors enjoying its waterfalls, swimming holes, towering cliffs and backcountry campsites each year,” says Jeff Kuyper, Executive Director of Los Padres ForestWatch, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Santa Barbara that works to protect the Los Padres National Forest. “More drilling here will ruin the outdoor recreation experience for us all, while reducing local tourism dollars and harming local businesses.”
Center for Biological Diversity
“Everyone knows oil and water don’t mix,” says Ileene Anderson, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, “The last thing endangered steelhead, recovering California condors and downstream farms and homes need is an oil spill. Ventura County ought to be protecting these incredible places, not turning them over to become industrial oil sites.”

Citizens for Responsible Oil & Gas
“We are upset that we must go to court to get Ventura County to follow environmental laws that have been in place for years,” says CFROG president John Brooks. ”It is our only option to guarantee that a complete environmental review is done. We respectfully urge the court to order the preparation of an EIR so that when proper safeguards are adopted, oil wells may be located where they will not damage Santa Paula Creek.”

Chatten-Brown & Carstens
“The County failed to disclose the many significant impacts associated with drilling new oil wells adjacent to a popular hiking trail and endangered species habitat. A subsequent environmental impact report is required to thoroughly analyze and mitigate those impacts before this project can move forward.” says Amy Minteer, a partner at Chatten-Brown & Carstens, the firm representing the conservation groups.


CFROG depends on you to do the work we do. Please visit our website and click the “donate” link to make generous donation today.

CFROG (Citizens For Responsible Oil and Gas) · PO Box 114, Ojai, CA 93024, United States 

GOOD is Happening: School on Wheels


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Schools on Wheels

The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible. Our program serves as a consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear. We bring the message to our students that they are cared about and important.

Ventana Monthly Article – November 2015

A foreign corporation, Nestle, is taking our water. Do something about it!


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This Land Is Our Land.

California is experiencing its most severe drought in recorded history. Lakes and rivers are drying up, cities are instituting water rationing, and no relief is in sight. California citizens are facing mandatory water restrictions, but Nestlé Waters’ bottling plants are operating at full volume. In fact, Nestlé’s response to public outcry for water conservation has been anything but concern. Recently, a reporter asked Nestlé Waters North America CEO Tim Brown if he’d move Nestlé’s operations out of California during the drought. His response? “Absolutely not. In fact, if I could increase it, I would.”

With California drying up, the state can hardly afford to waste water. It’s time to let Nestlé’s CEO know that his refusal to conserve water is unacceptable.

In one shocking example, Nestlé is pumping water from the San Bernardino National Forest on a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service that expired over 25 years ago (1988)! The company pays only $524 each year to profit off of public land in San Bernardino. That’s why The Story of Stuff Project, Courage Campaign and Center for Biological Diversity sued the United States Forest Service (USFS) on October 13th – to hold Nestlé accountable for its actions on our public lands. Your input can let Nestlé know we’re serious.

Nestlé is giving the people – and ecosystems – of California short shrift. But Nestlé’s operations in California also have worldwide ramifications. While Nestlé makes millions of dollars exporting water from a federal drought disaster area, our waterways fill with plastic, and our ecosystems pay the price.

If we’re going to live sustainably on this planet, we all need to pitch in and do our part. Tell Nestlé to stop bottling water from our public lands today!

Sign a Petition Here:

National Public Radio: How Much Water Actually Goes Into Making a Bottle of Water? October 30, 2013
Business Insider: Nestle Waters’ CEO will ‘absolutely not’ stop bottling water in California — ‘In fact, if I could, I’d increase it”.

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Corporate Insiders: Big Pharma



Big Pharma Ally Nominated as FDA chief!

At a time of skyrocketing drug prices, President Obama has nominated a doctor described as “the ultimate industry insider to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Americans pay the highest prices for prescription drugs of anywhere in the world – and the cost is going up, 12% on average in the last year and in some cases nearly 1,000%.

Giant pharmaceutical companies spend millions on lobbyists to defend their monopolies and benefit from trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Instead of fighting for lower prices, Congress and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) routinely side with Big Pharma.

Petition to the U.S. Senate:
“Oppose the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf as head of the Food and Drug Administration. At a time of rising prescription drug prices and safety risks we need a champion for American families, not an insider so closely tied to the pharmaceutical industry.” SIGN PETITION HERE

*Thanks to for the information.

NY Times
Health Revelations
Common Dreams


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