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Channelkeeper and EDC defeat feds’ attempt to dismiss our offshore fracking lawsuit

City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper Extend Clean Water Enforcement Agreement

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and EDC File Lawsuit Challenging Federal Approval of Offshore Fracking and Acidizing: Lawsuit Seeks Protection of Endangered Species and Full Environmental Review

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and Santa Barbara County Settle Lawsuit to Clean Up Pollution from County’s South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station

On September 13, 2016 Santa Barbara County and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper settled a lawsuit to clean up pollution from the County’s South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station.

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and EDC file a notice of intent to sue the federal government for violating the Endangered Species Act

On August 10th, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and our partners at EDC filed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for violating the Endangered Species Act because it failed to consult with expert wildlife agencies regarding potential impacts to at least 25 threatened and endangered species, including whales, sea otters, fur seals, sea turtles,…

Desalination Subsurface Intake Study Press Release

On March 23, 2016, the Santa Barbara City Council denied a plea by environmental watchdog Santa Barbara Channelkeeper to revise a study of the feasibility of alternatives to make the City’s desalination plant less environmentally harmful, which Channelkeeper contends was intentionally designed to find alternatives infeasible.

Channelkeeper and EDC file two lawsuits challenging federal government’s refusal to disclose information on oil pipelines in southern California

On December 7, 2015, Channelkeeper and EDC filed two lawsuits challenging the federal government’s refusal to disclose information on oil pipelines in southern California, including the Plains Pipeline that ruptured in May and spilled 143,000 gallons of oil on the Gaviota Coast.

Judge Rules California Not Doing Enough to Curb Agricultural Pollution

August 11, 2015 (Santa Barbara, California) – Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley ruled that California is not doing enough to curb the witch’s brew of pollution pouring off of California farms. Judge Frawley ordered the State and Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to create new rules to protect human health and the environment,…

Victory in Channelkeeper’s Lawsuit to Restore Flows in the Ventura River

April 27, 2015 (Santa Barbara, California) – At a hearing in California Superior Court in San Francisco this past Thursday (April 23, 2015), Santa Barbara Channelkeeper won a critical victory in its lawsuit to restore flows in the Ventura River.   The City of Ventura pumps hundreds of millions of gallons of water from the…

Channelkeeper Statement on Oil Spill at Refugio

In the wake of today’s oil spill, where a pipeline ruptured and spilled an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil at Refugio State Beach, the local environmental watchdog organization Santa Barbara Channelkeeper issued the following statement:   “Channelkeeper is sickened to learn of the oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel and is extremely concerned about…