Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

No easy path

Senators drill into challenging California water bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the conditions are the worst she has ever seen with the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the lowest level in 500 years and 2,500 wells now dry. U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR via Palm Springs Desert Sun

Desert Sun

McClatchy & San Francisco Chronicle

Ever-hopeful lawmakers on Thursday conjured the vision of a compromise California water bill that succeeds instead of fails. It may be a mirage. The long-awaited Senate committee hearing showed why passing anything on this issue is so difficult, but California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are hopeful that a deal can be reached on two bills that take vastly different approaches.

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Massive El Niño 'too big to fail,' scientist says

Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee & San Jose Mercury News

An El Niño that is among the strongest on record is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and climate scientists say California is likely to face a wet winter. So it looks as though El Niño might put a dent in the drought after all. And residents staring at empty reservoirs and dead lawns are asking: "When will it start pouring?"

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State: Oversight of oil well injection inadequate

Reuters

California's oversight of wells where oil companies dispose of wastewater brought to the surface is hindered by inadequate staffing and poorly organized paper records, a state review of the program said Thursday. The state found that wastewater injection wells also suffer from inconsistent permitting, monitoring and enforcement of their construction and operation, among other problems.

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