Tonight! Keep Dangerous Fracked Oil Out of Berkeley

Tonight! Keep Dangerous Fracked Oil Out of Berkeley

Oil companies in the Bay Area have proposed plans to move explosive fracked crude oil through major Bay Area cities, using the same tracks as Amtrak’s passenger rail line. This move puts all the cities along the path of this rail route at risk, including Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose. This region has a… Read more »

Fracking During a Drought?

Fracking During a Drought?

Governor Brown has called for Californians to voluntarily cut back water use by 20% to help ease strain on our water resources during the drought. What he’s kept quiet about is the water-intensive fracking wells throughout the state that may be developed under oil-industry friendly SB 4. Each well uses an average of 5 million… Read more »

Fracking in California 101, 11/19/13

Fracking in California 101, 11/19/13

Fracking is expanding all over the country, but it’s also already being used here in California. Understanding what fracking is, how to talk about it, and what can be done to protect communities from its risks are all going to be addressed at a free upcoming workshop, Tuesday, November 19th from 7 to 9 PM.… Read more »

What’s on Our Menu: Policies to Lead By

What's on Our Menu: Policies to Lead By

The Ecology Center is perhaps best known for our local, service-oriented work. But as we’ve created infrastructure and piloted projects, we have frequently found ourselves at government’s door, advocating for policy changes that would stop harmful practices and allow our positive, local solutions to scale up. Even in this jaded age of low government expectations,… Read more »

California Fracking Ban Bills Move Forward

California Fracking Ban Bills Move Forward

The Natural Resources Committee of the California Assembly voted yesterday to move forward three bills that would place restrictions on fracking. The yes votes came from the five Democrats sitting on the committee. Nancy Skinner (serving the East Bay in the 15th District), Mark Stone (serving Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties in the 29th District),… Read more »