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CA Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on Climate Is Missing Action on Oil, Say Climate & Justice Advocates

SACRAMENTO, CA, September 23, 2020 — Today, CA Governor Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order to fight climate change in response to deadly wildfires raging throughout the state. Climate, environmental justice, and public health advocates with the Last Chance Alliance laud the bold steps by the Governor to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, […]

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Groups Achieve Victory on Santa Ynez River to Protect Endangered Steelhead

Santa Barbara County, CA, Sept. 17, 2019 — Today, the Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) on behalf of California Trout, Inc. (“CalTrout”) secured a major victory for Southern California steelhead on the Santa Ynez River in Santa Barbara County. After nearly 20 years of working together to compel the State Water Resources Control Board (“the Board”) […]

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Twelve global shipping companies slowed transits in 2018 program off California coast to protect blue whales and blue skies

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. March 18, 2019 – The partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect endangered whales announced results from the 2018 program and recognized the 12 shipping companies that participated, reducing speeds to 10 knots or less in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Barbara Channel region. The voluntary […]

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Federal Judge Halts Offshore Fracking Pending Further Review

Los Angeles, Nov. 9, 2018—A federal judge issued an order today declaring that the federal government violated environmental protection laws when it approved permits for fracking and acidizing (otherwise referred to as “well stimulation treatments,” or “WSTs”) from platforms offshore California. The judge agreed with the Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (“SBCK”) […]

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Trump Administration Plans to Open Santa Barbara Channel to New Offshore Oil & Gas Drilling

Santa Barbara, CA, Jan. 4, 2018 – Today, in a move strongly opposed by the Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) released the 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Draft Proposed Plan, which schedules lease sales along the California coast, including the Santa Barbara Channel. This is the first time the federal […]

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Environmental Groups Oppose NRG Request to Freeze the Puente Power Plant Proceedings and Dodge a Denial

OXNARD, Oct. 18, 2017 – After a three-year battle by residents and advocates to defeat fossil fuel giant NRG Energy’s proposed power plant in the City of Oxnard, NRG filed a motion to suspend proceedings by the California Energy Commission (“CEC”). The motion comes on the heels of a statement issued by CEC Commissioners Janea […]

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Environmental Groups Defeat Trump Administration’s Attempt to Dismiss Case on Offshore Fracking, Acidizing

SANTA BARBARA, July 17, 2017 – The federal court in Los Angeles issued an order ruling that the Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (“Channelkeeper”) prevailed against the federal government’s effort to dismiss their case.  In November 2016, the groups filed a lawsuit challenging the failure of the federal government to analyze and […]

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Federal Court Approves U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Termination of “No-Otter Zone”

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 6, 2017 – In a major victory for threatened southern sea otters, U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee on Friday issued a ruling denying a challenge by commercial fishing organizations to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) decision that has restored protections for sea otters in Southern California.  The […]

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Groups Initiate Lawsuit Against Federal Government to Protect Endangered Species from Offshore Fracking and Acidizing

SANTA BARBARA, Aug. 11, 2016 – EDC and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper sent a notice of intent to sue the federal government over its decision to approve the practices of fracking and acidizing from 23 offshore oil platforms in southern California, including in the Santa Barbara Channel.  The notice letter alleges that the federal government is in […]