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Forestwatch Statement on Legislation Banning New Oil & Gas Leasing on Federal Lands

Washington, DC – Los Padres ForestWatch praised legislation introduced today by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) that would place a moratorium on fracking and new oil and gas drilling on federal lands on California’s central and southern coasts. The legislation comes in direct response to a recent decision by the Trump Administration opening more than one […]

Trump Administration OKs New Drilling/Fracking on 1 Million across Central California – Includes 28,000 Acres in Ventura County

Trump Administration OKs New Drilling/Fracking on 1 Million across Central California – Includes 28,000 Acres in Ventura County

The Trump administration finalized a study on the environmental and public health impacts of fracking, the last step in completing a Resource Management Plan that opens more than one million acres of lands throughout the coastal and interior regions of central California to new oil drilling and fracking. The action ends a 5-year moratorium on […]

Forestwatch Announces 12th Annual Ojai Wild! Benefit On June 2, 2019

Forestwatch Announces 12th Annual Ojai Wild! Benefit On June 2, 2019

Forestwatch   Event Honors Ojai Legends John & Kathy Broesamle, Raises Funds to Protect Public Lands & WIldlife Ojai, Calif.—Come celebrate our region’s wildlife and wild places at the 12th Annual Ojai WILD! on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 4-7:30pm. The event is a benefit for Los Padres ForestWatch and raises critical funds for the protection of […]

Trails, Schools, and Conservation Lands Could be Opened for Oil Drilling, Fracking in Ventura County

Trails, Schools, and Conservation Lands Could be Opened for Oil Drilling, Fracking in Ventura County

Ventura County, Calif. – The Trump Administration is seeking to open nearly 28,000 acres of federal land and mineral estate in the county to fracking and oil drilling, according to an analysis of official GIS data performed by the local nonprofit watchdog organization Los Padres ForestWatch. The areas slated for drilling are part of a regional […]

House Passes Farm Bill that Guts Forest Protections

House Passes Farm Bill that Guts Forest Protections

Washington, D.C. – Tucked away in the 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) that passed the House late last week are multiple provisions that would fast-track logging, oil drilling, and other development projects up to ten square miles in size in the Los Padres National Forest and other forests throughout the country. Though the 748-page Farm […]

Ventura County Supervisors to Consider Eliminating Public’s Right to Challenge Oil Drilling Projects

Ventura County Supervisors to Consider Eliminating Public’s Right to Challenge Oil Drilling Projects

    Ventura, Calif. – On Tuesday, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will consider eliminating the public’s right to participate in the approval process for oil drilling and other development projects throughout the county. If approved, the move would allow the county’s Planning Division to rubber-stamp oil drilling projects without public oversight, and would […]

Ventura County Put Water Supply at Risk of Oilfield Contamination

Ventura County Put Water Supply at Risk of Oilfield Contamination

SANTA PAULA, Calif.― Three conservation organizations filed a formal complaint today against the Ventura County Planning Division for failing to enforce its own requirement to safeguard municipal water supplies and downstream communities from oilfield failures during floods. The Ventura County Planning Division failed to issue a required shut-down order for the Santa Paula Canyon oilfield following flash flood […]