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Pattern of CEQA Violations Alleged in Napa

A prominent environmental law firm has told Napa County: You have a pattern and practice of failing to comply with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Correct this, or we will make sure you do! In a letter dated August 11,…

 

Judge Rules Climate Action 2020 Plan Violates CEQA

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Nancy Case Shaffer in Santa Rosa has ruled in favor of local Sonoma Valley attorney Jerry Bernhaut’s lawsuit challenging Sonoma County’s Climate Action 2020 Plan. A lawyer with River Watch, a Sonoma County firm active…

 

Water & Power: A California Heist

In Paso Robles, financiers are buying up vineyards for the unfettered water rights and selling it back to residents. Paso Robles had a vineyard explosion that led to dry wells and drilling over 1,200 feet into ancient aquifers. This is…

 

Napa’s Walt Ranch Hearings Open with Protest

Napa Valley Register by Barry Eberling – Updated Nov 20, 2016 People waged the Walt Ranch battle in the Napa County Board of Supervisors chamber and on the street. County supervisors on Friday opened what will be a multi-day hearing…

 

Biologist Questions Wild Diamond Vineyards EIR

The first industrial vineyard in the area, Wild Diamond Vineyard, is trying to establish itself on a mountain top directly on the border of the 6,000 resident community of Hidden Valley Lake, just east of Middletown. In response to more than…

 

Crude Awakening – Tar Wars at BAAQMD

The Bay Area’s air district is considering a rule that could prevent increased Bay Area refining of dirty Canadian tar sands by Will Parrish In recent years, oil corporations have intensified their push to make the San Francisco Bay Area…

 

EU Moves Closer to Banning Glyphosate

REUTERS- Monday Jun 6, 2016 7:34pm EDT EU countries refuse to back new license for glyphosate weed-killer BRUSSELS | By Alissa de Carbonnel EU nations refused to back a limited extension of the herbicide glyphosate’s use on Monday, threatening withdrawal…

 

Unsustainable Groundwater Use in Sonoma Valley

Groundwater resources in Sonoma Valley are already in deficit, depleted by over-pumping of approximately 9% according to USGS modeling. There are 2,500 wells already drilled in Sonoma Valley. In some areas, wells have already run dry, and salt water is…

 

Winery Backlash in Sonoma County – KQED Forum

The number of Sonoma County wineries has more than doubled since 2005 and the industry has become the backbone of the region’s economy. But some neighborhood groups say escalating winery tourism from tasting rooms and events brings unwanted traffic and…

 

Glyphosate Found in 10 of 10 Wines Tested

UPDATED 5/3/2016: Ten wines from the prime growing regions of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties were just tested at Microbe Inotech Labs in St. Louis, Mo. All ten samples were found to contain glyphosate, the active ingredient in an herbicide…

 

James Gore – Follow the money

Gore’s financial backing came from wine, real estate, and the other usual suspects BY Dave Ransom James Gore is said to be a nice guy, and he and the rest of his family may well be. His brother Tom is…

 

Who the heck is this guy, Gore?

New Sonoma County supervisor ran as a local boy back home to serve his people. But which people? BY Dave Ransom Image credit: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors James Gore’s uncle Doug was one of the “industry leaders” who consulted…