Fracking and other risky oil extraction techniques are a hot topic around the state, as the industry pushes for expansion from NorCal to SoCal. As more and more Californians express concern over these heavy industrial processes moving into their communities,...continued→
Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney, Santa Monica
My love of nature started in the Eastern Sierras, especially the scenic drive up U.S. 395 from Los Angeles. The majestic, snow-capped mountains and serene lakes and streams are a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. When we get up toward Mammoth, sometimes I slow down and point out all the places we used to go trout fishing in the summer when I was little.
As director of NRDC’s Southern California Ecosystem Project, I work to protect parkland, open space and wildlife habitat and advocate for sustainable land use planning in southern California. Before joining NRDC in 2008, I practiced environmental law at a Los Angeles firm for five years. I earned my J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and my undergraduate degree in environmental sciences at U.C. Berkeley.
Earlier today, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to protect gray wolves under the California Endangered Species Act. This is terrific news for wolves, as many experts expect populations of this native California species to reenter the state in the...continued→
This week, the California Senate is expected to vote on whether to impose a moratorium on fracking and acidizing until the state studies the risks and determines whether these heavy industrial extraction processes can—or even should—be allowed to continue. Senators...continued→
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reduced its estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 95.5%, casting serious doubt upon previous estimates of the shale deposits as a “black gold mine.” In...continued→
Early this morning, an oil pipeline burst in northeast Los Angeles, spewing more than 10,000 gallons of crude 20 feet into the air and blanketing a half-mile area with oil. Thankfully, only a handful of minor injuries were reported, but...continued→
OR7, left, and his lupine lover. Photo Credit: U.S. Dep't of Fish and Wildlife. OR7, California’s first gray wolf to inhabit the state since 1924, may have found a mate, according to images captured by the Oregon Department of...continued→
Today, the developers trying to build the troubled Gregory Canyon landfill project in northern San Diego County got some unwelcome news when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced its withdrawal of the project’s Clean Water Act permit application. NRDC...continued→
Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the use of traps that snare or grip coyotes, bears, foxes and other animals in the city and directing the Department of Animal Services to ensure that other types of traps...continued→
On March 15th, Californians from across the state will descend on the capitol to speak out against the state’s failure to protect residents from the risks of fracking, as oil companies are increasingly looking to ramp up this heavy industrial...continued→
This month, California lawmakers at both the state and local levels are moving forward with efforts to put in place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and other well stimulation activities. As I said in my blog post last...continued→
Last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that three of the original investors in the Gregory Canyon landfill project are seeking bankruptcy protection. This is not a good sign for the highly controversial project, which NRDC has opposed for many...continued→
Today, as the public comment period on fracking regulations ends, a broad and united coalition of 50 environmental, public health and social justice groups representing more than 2 million Californians just sent one unified comment, in the form of a...continued→
Some 11th-hour shenanigans from the oil industry and the governor’s office have allowed a good bill to go bad and pass through the California legislature without a full airing on its flaws. Fracking bill SB 4 passed late last night...continued→
It seems that a gaggle of zoos, conservation groups and NRDC have somehow landed on the National Rifle Association's latest "enemies list" over what they perceive as a threat to access to ammunition. We don't have a problem with bullets or...continued→
A recent poll shows a majority of Californians want a moratorium on fracking. Governor Jerry Brown should give the people what they want. Leadership doesn’t mean sitting out tough battles. Governor Brown should use his executive power to direct DOGGR,...continued→
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