Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.
The devastating impact of drought and illegal marijuana cultivation on North Coast fisheries will be the focus of a state legislative committee hearing Wednesday in Sacramento, on the heels of reports that pot plants are consuming billions of gallons of water and salmon-rearing creeks are running dry.
In the end Senate Bill 4 regulating hydraulic fracturing pleased neither environmentalists nor the oil and gas industry, but supporters argue it imposes needed oversight by requiring well permits, disclosure of what chemicals are used, water testing and studies of fracking’s impact.
On the steps of the Humboldt County Superior Courthouse this afternoon [June 30], the local chapter of the statewide cannabis political action committee California Cannabis Voice unveiled the public draft of its ordinance that would set regulations and permitting procedures for large scale medical cannabis cultivation in unincorporated areas of the county.
After four years of drought, tinder-dry conditions have created dangerous fire conditions throughout California. But, as July 4 nears, “safe and sane” fireworks are not restricted from sales and use in most areas of the Sacramento region.
With a heat wave gripping the Southland and power demand on the rise, the manager of the state’s energy grid issued a “flex alert,” urging residents to conserve electricity between 2 and 9 p.m. today — a warm, muggy day when showers and thunderstorms are possible — to reduce strain on the system.
Redding is expected to reach temperatures of 116 and 114 Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service Office in Sacramento, which has issued an excessive heat warning for the first three days of July.
For the record, the Modesto Irrigation District as of 6 p.m. said the Modesto high Tuesday was 103. Wednesday’s forecast is sunny and hot, with a high near 106 and a calm wind reaching 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
Summer has just begun and conditions on many of California’s drought-stricken rivers and streams are already looking grim for cold-water fish. … However, not every California stream will turn perilous. In fact, some spring-fed streams are likely to become more hospitable during the dog days of summer.