imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Californians Shame Regulators For Teaching Big Oil How To Skirt Law and Pollute Our Water

by Los Angeles Peoples Media idVer:9e0b596165e83 Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015 at 5:28 PM

What the frack?! On Tuesday, March 24th, the state of California held an "Aquifer Exemption Workshop" to show oil industry representatives how to exploit loopholes for drilling and disposal projects to obtain aquifer exemption approval. Concerned water drinkers interrupted the state-sponsored workshop on how to get away with poisoning our drinking water. #‎DontFrackCA‬

Californians Shame R...
frackingmeetingvideostills.jpg, image/jpeg, 920x545

LONG BEACH— On Tuesday, the state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources conducted a workshop at the Long Beach Airport Hotel to help oil companies obtain federal exemptions to the federal Safe Water Drinking Act.

California regulators admitted in February that more than 2,000 illegal injection wells have been permitted to dispose enhanced oil recovery fluids into underground sources of drinking water; out of another 500 permits for oil and gas waste disposal wells that admittedly violate federal and state law, only 23 wells have been shut down.

After getting caught failing to adhere to federal and state law in their permitting process, California’s oil and gas regulators scheduled Tuesday’s “aquifer exemption” workshop to teach their clients in the oil industry how to coordinate with local water boards, state government, and the federal Environmental Protection Agency to continue dumping toxic fracking wastewater into protected aquifers.

About a dozen active and awake individuals also attended Tuesday’s “Toxic Dumping for Dummies” class. As the presenter at the podium droned on about “EPA Aquifer Exemption Criteria,” one woman stood up from her banquet table to declare:

“I just have to say one thing. This is backwards. It was just announced in the news that industry injected 2,500 wells illegally... Shouldn't you be having a workshop on how to stop that instead of how to get around, to get exempt from these regulations?"

The presenter responded, “Actually, we have a compliance agreement with EPA that we will discuss that we will discuss as part of the presentation. I really would prefer that people not interrupt the presentation. This is not about having a protest when we’re trying to get something accomplished.”

At this point, another woman entered the room waving two bottles of brown liquid. “I actually brought some poisoned water to show everyone what we’re going to be exposed to and forced to drink if this poisoning of our water by our regulators continues.”

Approaching the podium and handing out the poisoned water, she asked, “Would you feel like drinking this water?”

“Excuse me, ma’am, we will have…” the official attempted to explain.

“Excuse me. Try this water and tell us if you feel like drinking the water that you are polluting for our children, and for us, and that you have been allowing for so long!”

Two women walked to the front of the conference room to unfurl a banner bearing the message, “Gov Brown: Stop Letting Big Oil Poison Our Water,” as a chorus of voices from the audience cheered, “This needs to stop!”

A tall man in a business suit and glasses next stood up and sternly declared, “You are regulators. You are have violated your mission. We hereby serve you your pink slip.” Striding to the front of the room with a pink piece of paper, he was joined by other voices in unison:

“We, the people of California, fire you from your post. Shame on you for colluding with Big Oil to poison our aquifers. In this year of record drought, in this era of a warming climate, it is reprehensible that you are teaching them how to exploit our law to poison our water!”

“Our aquifers are not toxic waste dumps!” came a shout from the back of the room. At this point, a dozen voices broke out in unison:

“One, we are the people!

Two, you can’t ignore us!

Three, we will not let you

poi- son our water!”

This chant continued for nearly three minutes, during which time hotel officials entered to tell the banner-carriers and pink-slip server standing at the front of the room that they needed to leave. The hotel employees could been seen gesturing frantically at the front of the room, but what they were saying could not be heard over the incredible volume of the protest chant.

After the hotel officials left the conference room, and the presenters conferred in small groups, one protestor started a new chant of “Shame on you!” answered by a call of, “the regulators!”

As two uniformed police officers entered the front of the conference room via a side emergency exit door, the chant changed to, ““Ban fracking now!”

The law enforcement officers stood at the center aisle of the conference room and waved all the standing, chanting protestors in single file out the door. All the while they sang,

“Water can’t be poisoned for private wealth

We will fight for our children’s health!”

One man in a grey suit admonished the California state officials at the podium as he filed past, “Greedy bastards!”

On the sidewalk, the group continued to chant “Shame on you! We’ll be back!”

After the room quieted inside, one conference attendee remarked, “They take our water seriously!”

The man delivering the presentation responded, “So do we, we take your water seriously, too.”

Sidewalk pleas from the people included, “Governor Brown, It’s Not Too Late! Protect the Water of Our State!” and “Keep the Poison Off Our Land! Governor Brown, Take a Stand!”

[VIDEO LINK 10:47]

Livestream undercover workshop video by People’s Media

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/60318395



[VIDEO LINK 5:34]

California Regulators hold an Aquifer Exemption Workshop in Long Beach CA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVZV-dxM_HE&feature=youtu.be



[VIDEO LINK 2:33]

RALLY - Stop Letting Big Oil Poison Our Drinking Water! - Long Beach, CA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcEWxiYHkUI&feature=youtu.be

Report this post as:

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

TheMilitary of Yemen IN In The 1990's A26 5:42PM

The Shortwave Report 04/27/18 Listen Globally! A26 4:03PM

Federal Bank Examiner FDIC recalls year long 1999 robbery in 2017 A26 3:24PM

Doxa du lobby A25 2:03AM

Tech workers organize A24 6:24PM

Architect Stephen Francis Jones A24 3:01PM

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy