On Tuesday, the Merced Board of Supervisors debated long and hard -- with help from legal, planning and executive staff -- about how they could stop Steve Sloan, former chairman of the county Planning Commission, and an adjoining landowner, from selling more than 20,000 acre feet of groundwater to Del Puerto Water District, based in Stanislaus County. County leaders, except Supervisor Gerry O'Banion, in whose district the transfer would take place, with a mixture of desperation and exaspiration, reached for some means of stopping Sloan and his neighbor from making the millions the desperate Del Puerto growers are willing to pay to keep their almond orchards alive. Everything from an emergency moratorium to doing nothing was discussedRead More »
Incumbent Merced County Supervisor Linn Davis was defeated by two of his three challengers in yesterday's primary elections. This should be read not just as a rejection of Davis, but perhaps as much or more a rejection of the people who drafted him four years ago to run against incumbent Mike Nelson. Nelson was wrong about the Riverside Motor Sports Park project, but he was one of the rarer politicians in general and unique in Merced: you could see him growing in office. But the opponents of RMP in that supervisorial district were a ignorant, venal crowd and they found their champion in Linn "Anybody-but-Nelson" Davis.
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How do you deal with the moral authority of ignorance? James Lee Burke, Pegasus Descending (2006), p. 473.
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"Almonds and Dust"
(Tune of "Diamonds and Rust," J. Baez)
Well I’ll be damned
Here comes your dust againRead More »
Merced County Supervisor Deidre "DeeDee One-Tune" Kelsey is once again leading a chorus of impotent whining, hardly a new song in this Drought-of-Droughts year. She has again mobilized her district klatches against a menace: in 2006, it was the menace of traffic that would be caused by the Riverside Motorsports Park racetrack; today, it is a the menace that would be caused to the groundwater by the Sloan/Smith deal with Del Puerto Water District, which could result in groundwater pumping from the valley floor a few miles northwest of Atwater of up to 23,000 acre feet/day, eight months a year for four years.Read More »
Why not look at the Del Puerto Water District's desperate water situation -- zero allocation from the Bureau of Reclamation from the Delta -- as a demand problem rather than a supply problem?Read More »
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In short, the Moneterey Shale Formation frackbubble was a pile of the well-known substance perpetrated by the same agency, the Energy Information Administration, http://www.eia.gov/, that now, under a new administrator, denies it. The EIA should be renamed PetroFlak, Inc. This one was right up there with the infinite rising of real estate prices, only it ended quicker. It was a bubble on speed.
The only logic in this story, if there is any, might lie in some petrocrats that started a bogus oil boomlet to fleece some gullible investors. We are still wondering about an anti-fracking organization led by MoveOn.org, basically a Democratic Party fundraising apparatus. Were they just trolling for more donors?Read More »
The engineers have spoken. All the flaksters can do is blurble:
"From the information we've been able to gather, we've not seen evidence that oil extraction in this area is very productive using techniques like fracking," said John Staub, a petroleum exploration and production analyst who led the energy agency's research. ..."The narrative of fracking in the Monterey Shale as necessary for energy independence just had a big hole blown in it," said Seth B. Shonkoff, executive director of the nonprofit Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy. ..."We have a lot of confidence in the intelligence and skill of our engineers and geologists to find ways to adapt," said Tupper Hull, spokesman for the Western States Petroleum Assn. "As the technologies change, the production rates could also change dramatically..."
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