EL CERRITO -- The city's citizen Environmental Quality Committee gave its blessing July 9 to a proposal that would ban single-use plastic bags and styrene containers for takeout food, as well as a plan for the city to buy 7.5 acres in the hills to connect two city-owned areas of open space.
El Cerrito is in the midst of a public comment period on the bag and container ordinance that ends Monday, after which the City Council will consider a first draft when it meets Aug. 20.
Tuesday was the second meeting where the public was allowed to speak on the bag and container ordinance.
A war of words is brewing over hydraulic fracturing and efforts to ban or limit it in California.
Activists who believe they've created negative buzz around the oil and gas extraction process also called "fracking" have launched a new battle: persuading the state's Legislature to look at also restricting different drilling techniques. Green groups warn that other oil recovery methods underway are equally risky, including one they fear could rapidly balloon in use.
Because those aren't labeled as "hydraulic fracturing," proposed moratoriums and other restrictions might not apply.
Despite intense political pressure by the oil industry, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on April 29 approved three bills proposing to halt fracking (hydraulic fracturing), a controversial method of oil and natural gas extraction, in California.
Fracking opponents fear that increased water diversions destined for the peripheral tunnels proposed under the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) will be used for expanding fracking in Monterey Shale deposits in the San Joaquin Valley and coastal areas. The construction of the tunnels is expected to hasten the extinction of Central Valley Chinook salmon, Delta smelt and other fish species.