“We All Live in Bhopal” Here in the Bay Area

December 18, 2014

By Catherine Porter, Policy Consultant In the early morning hours of December 3, 1984, a cloud of toxic gas from a leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant descended on the adjacent neighborhood in Bhopal, India.  The sleeping residents became engulfed in a cloud of methyl isocyanate (MIC), resulting in the deaths of 8,000 women,…

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Fossil Fuel Divestment

October 22, 2014

By Dr. Bob Gould, SF Bay Area PSR President On September 17, the UC Regents held a vote on whether to divest from fossil fuels at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. I was invited by Fossil Free UC to speak during the public comment period against a recommendation made by the UC task force. The…

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Water, Air, and Your Health: What’s Fracking Got to Do With It?

May 21, 2014

What’s “fracking” anyway? Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a well stimulation process used in oil and gas production that involves blasting huge amounts of water mixed with sand and dozens of chemical components deep into the earth, breaking up underground rock formations to facilitate oil and gas extraction.  In California, fracking is mostly used to…

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Informational Briefing on Pesticides and Children’s Health

April 23, 2014

On March 13, Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) and the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) organized an informational briefing on pesticides and children’s health in Sacramento. The room was packed with legislative aides and representatives of community organizations involved with efforts to reduce the use of pesticides and protect children’s health. Senator Bill Monning gave the…

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Renewable Energy, Not Fracking!

January 15, 2014

At the December 19th state Public Utilities Commission hearing, SF Bay Area PSR joined the Sierra Club and a caravan of residents from Southern California to voice concerns about proposals to replace the energy generated from the San Onofre Nuclear Plant, through the use of natural gas permits, that would facilitate hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”…

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Couches With Lower Toxicity Available Beginning in 2014!

December 19, 2013

Consumers in California will soon be able to choose couches and other home furnishings with lower toxicity. Last spring we asked our members to sign an action alert supporting a new furniture flammability standard, which was finalized in late November and will go into effect January 1, 2014. The new standard eliminates the requirement that upholstered…

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Tell California DOGGR What You Think About Fracking!

December 19, 2013

On September 20, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 4. The new law requires the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) in the California Department of Conservation Division to prepare regulations to ensure that well stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” is done safely. DOGGR oversees the drilling, operation, maintenance, and…

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