April 14, 2009

For anyone who might go to SF for the offshore energy hearing

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April 14, 2009

From oil to wind and wave

With the Bush Administration, the Mendocino coast fell under the crosshairs of a renewed bid for offshore oil drilling. Now Barack Obama would like to tap into the north coast’s raw wind and wave energy. There is an article about it in Sunday’s Press Democrat.


For those with high speed internet, there will be a live webcast of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s final public meeting on the future of offshore energy development beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 16.

April 5, 2009

No Naval Weapons training off the Mendocino coast

Navy weapons testing update

By FRANK HARTZELL Of The Mendocino Beacon

Updated: 04/02/2009 08:03:37 AM PDT


Northern California can expect about 20 annual hours of Navy weapons training in the ocean, virtually all of it 12 miles or more offshore, under a controversial new plan for weapons training in the ocean.


That’s about the same amount of training that has been going on in recent years off the Golden State, said U.S Navy spokesman John Mosher, who, with the help of others in Washington, D.C., provided responses to questions about the U.S. Navy Northwest Training Range Complex Draft Environmental Impact Statement posed by the newspaper.


The EIS documents impacts on the ocean of sonar, undersea weapons testing, and the use of submarines, ships, boats, missiles and aircraft.


The amount of training in the ocean would more than double under the Navy’s preferred alternative, the response states. But that entire increase will be focused on the complex of naval bases in Washington’s Puget Sound, with no effort to increase testing off Northern California.


Navy officials clarified that the southern boundary of the Navy Northwest Training Range Complex is the Humboldt-Mendocino County line, meaning there will be none off the Mendocino Coast. That fact is stated in terms familiar to those who read nautical maps, not in layman’s terms.


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April 2, 2009

U.S. Navy comes to Ukiah

Navy briefs board, public on training range

By K.C. MEADOWS – The Daily Journal

Updated: 04/01/2009 08:23:45 AM PDT


The U.S. Navy came to Ukiah Tuesday to talk about its training operations in the northwest Pacific Ocean and was met with a skeptical crowd of about 60 people who clearly did not believe the Navy when it said it cares about the environment.


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