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Interior Department Quietly Proposes New Rules to Deny Public Access to Documents

Interior Department Quietly Proposes New Rules to Deny Public Access to Documents

Washington D.C. –The Trump administration has submitted a proposal to significantly limit the amount of information available to the media and to the public about national parks, national monuments, wildlife refuges, and other public lands. During the holidays and amidst the government shutdown, the Department of the Interior announced changes in how it processes public […]

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 […]

Report: Public Opposes Toxic Wastewater Disposal in National Forrest Aquifer

Report: Public Opposes Toxic Wastewater Disposal in National Forrest Aquifer

Fillmore, CA – Today, Los Padres ForestWatch released a report highlighting widespread community opposition to an oil company’s proposal to dump toxic wastewater into an aquifer beneath the Los Padres National Forest, less than a mile upstream from homes and ranches in Fillmore. The report analyzes all 670 comments submitted to the California Division of […]

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