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What have we done for you lately? Plenty!

If you wonder what the Angeles Chapter has been working on to help the planet, we have much to tell. In 2013, conservation activities focused on preventing a restart of the failed San Onofre nuclear power plant; promoting sustainable and reliable local water supplies and oppose expensive environmentally-damaging water sources, including desalination and the Bay Delta tunnels proposal in Northern California; and addressing waste issues to promote sustainability and address the impacts of landfills on global climate change.

L.A. City takes first step toward fracking moratorium

The Angeles Chapter's newly formed Fracking: Oil & Gas Committee has teamed up with several partner organizations to push for ending the practice of hydraulic fracturing in the City of Los Angeles. Their efforts paid off on February 28 when the Los Angeles City Council voted 10-0 to adopt a fracking moratorium – which, if approved, would make Los Angeles the largest city in the nation to adopt a moratorium on this controversial oil and gas drilling practice.

Mt. Everest mountaineer Kurt Wedberg to speak at Chapter Banquet

Mountaineer, guide and outdoor enthusiast Kurt Wedberg will speak at the Chapter’s Annual Banquet on May 4. Wedberg of Bishop, Calif., founded Sierra Mountaineering International in the fall of 1995 after returning from his first successful expedition to Mt. Everest which he has since successfully summited two more times.

Wallraff, Dorsey and Helm endorsed for Sierra Club national Board of Directors

The Angeles Chapter recommends a vote for Dean Wallraff, Michael Dorsey and Jessica Helm in the upcoming election for the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors. Only Chapters may endorse/recommend candidates.

Extreme oil extraction comes to Los Angeles

To feed our continuing addiction to gasoline, local Wilmington oil refineries have quietly been making plans to bring in large amounts of Canadian tar sands crude oil and North Dakota Bakken crude oil.

The flaws with new oil and gas proposals for Carson and Hermosa Beach

New oil and gas projects proposed for Carson and Hermost create the potential for spills, blow outs, and methane leaks, no to mention increased water demands and the effects of CO2, methane and other greenhouse gas emissions. These effects and others are detailed in the Draft Environmental Impact Reports recently released for each project. Here's a synopsis of each report.

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Say no to fracking: March 15 rally in Sacramento

Fracking Rally

Environmental Legal Workshop: Let the law boost your green campaign

Anyone who has worked on an environmental campaign knows the value of knowing the law and how to apply it too boost your case. The Angeles Chapter Sierra Club Legal Committee and Loyola Law School Environmental Law Society on March 22 will hold an extraordinary day of teaching laymen the tools they need to be effective in their environmental battles.

The Environmental Legal Workshop is free and open to all, but reservations are required (see below).

Trash talk: Where does garbage go after you put out your bins?

Sierra Club member Coby Skye will talk Trash 101 on March 5 at the monthly meeting of the Chapter's Long Beach Group.

Dare to lead! Register now for Chapter's leadership training

Becoming a Sierra Club outings leader starts with curiosity and a love of the outdoors. What better way to step up and lead than by taking advantage of the training opportunities that the Angeles Chapter's Leadership Training Committee provides each year?

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