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Santa Barbara County Rejects ExxonMobil Oil-Trucking Plan

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. March 8, 2022 -The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted today to reject ExxonMobil’s proposal to transport oil by tanker trucks along hazardous California highways. The plan would have helped the company restart three 1980s drilling platforms off the Santa Barbara coast, shut down since the Refugio disaster seven years ago. Today’s vote comes on […]

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Analysis Shows California Investor Owned Gas Utilities Hiked Pandemic Rates Even As Their Revenue Rose

According to new analysis by environmental watchdog Food & Water Watch, California investor-owned gas utilities like SoCalGas were charging customers 53.9 percent more even as their companies saw revenue rise. SoCalGas, PG&E, and San Diego Gas and Electric Company all saw revenue increases in 2020 compared to 2019 (the year before the pandemic hit).  Between […]

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Ventura County Ballot Includes Measures A, B For Consistent Oil Drilling Permit Environmental Requirements

Ventura, CA, February 11, 2022 – Ventura County announced that consistent environmental requirements for oil and gas drilling would return to the ballot this year in the form of measures A and B. Both measures would eliminate the use of “antiquated” permits in Ventura County. In some cases, these permits are nearly one hundred years […]

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Oil and Gas Industry Diverted 3 Billion Gallons of Freshwater for Drilling That Could Have Gone to Households

Sacramento, CA, June 15, 2021 — After examining the use of water by the oil and gas industry during Gavin Newsom’s tenure as governor, Food & Water Watch research has found that on Newsom’s watch the industry used more than 3 billion gallons of freshwater for drilling operations that could have been diverted for household […]

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L.A. City Council Committee Advances Resolution Calling for Newsom to Shut Down Playa del Rey Gas Facility

Los Angeles, CA, March 17, 2021 –  The L.A. City Council Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee voted to advance Councilmember Mike Bonin’s motion calling for a just transition plan from the State to shut down the Playa del Rey gas facility. Similar language was used by Culver City earlier this month in passing a […]

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New Research Shows Fracking and Petrochemicals Create Fewer Pennsylvania Jobs than Clean Energy

September 21, 2020 – While Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette toured a Shell petrochemical plant under construction in Pennsylvania today, a new analysis shows that the high-profile project will employ far less workers than promised, and that a similar investment in wind and solar manufacturing would be far more beneficial. The new Food & Water Watch […]

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300 Orgs Oppose “Voluntary Water Partnership” Bill, Which Would Coerce Struggling Communities to Sell Off Public Water Systems

Washington, D.C. July 13, 2020 – Nearly 300 national, state and local organizations sent a letter to Senate leaders today calling for the rejection of a controversial bill that would coerce struggling communities into selling off vital public water resources. The bill – the Voluntary Water Partnership for Distressed Communities Act (S. 2596) – has been framed […]

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Mitch Jones: Cap and Trade Auction Reveals Weakness of Market-Based Climate Policy

May 20, 2020 – Today, California is conducting its quarterly auction of pollution allowances under the state’s cap-and-trade program. Due to the massive drop in fossil fuel demand, analysts expect the auction to generate substantially less revenue than anticipated. In response, Food & Water Action Policy Director Mitch Jones released the following statement: Today’s carbon […]

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The Solution to Risky Powerlines is More Wind, Solar and Distributed Battery Storage

Oakland October 10, 2019 – In response to PG&E’s decision to cut power to 800,000 Californians to avoid wildfire dangers, Food & Water Action California State Director Alexandra Nagy, issued the following statement: “Governor Newsom’s bail out of PG&E shareholders under the guise of a wildfire insurance fund is fueling the crisis we see here today. […]

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New Report Details Vast Scope and Scale of Emerging Fracking Infrastructure Boom

Washington, D.C. June 7, 2019 – A first-of-its-kind report from the advocacy group Food & Water Watch provides a full and detailed analysis of the emerging fracked gas infrastructure buildout that is symbiotically driving, and being driven by, a new fracking boom in America. This unique study comprehensively charts natural gas infrastructure buildout by surveying the power, petrochemical and gas export industries collectively. Overall, […]

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Food & Water Watch Applauds UC President and Regents for Temporary Halt on Use of Toxic Herbicide Glyphosate

Oakland, May 16, 2019  – University of California President Janet Napolitano has issued a temporary end to the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, Ranger, and other commercial herbicides, on all ten UC campuses serving over 200,000 students. The Berkeley campus reduced the use of herbicides last year after pressure from students and […]

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On Eve of EU-US Energy Forum, 200 Groups on Both Sides of the Atlantic Unite in Opposition To Climate-hostile LNG Trade

Brussels and Washington, D.C.  April 30, 2019 – Today, 200 groups from both sides of the Atlantic released an open letter to EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, calling on the EU and U.S. administrations to immediately stop the transatlantic trade in fracked hydrocarbons. Yesterday, the Department of Energy announced […]

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UN Recognizes Access to Clean, Affordable Water and Climate Justice as Civil Rights Under International Law

Washington, D.C. April 8, 2019 – Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) adopted language in its International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights review that acknowledged the right to clean, affordable water and the “right to life” in the face of climate impacts. In its “List of Issues Prior to Submission of […]

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Wenonah Hauter: Trump’s Budget Serves Industry Profits at the Expense of Our Health

Washington, D.C.  March 11, 2019 – Today the Trump administration released its proposed 2020 budget, with steep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture, and with Department of Energy funding to continue Trump’s “Energy Dominance” policies promoting continued reliance on oil, gas, coal, and nuclear. It also proposes privatizing federally owned […]