2012 Press Releases

The “No-Otter Zone” Is No More

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule officially ending the “no-otter zone” encompassing nearly all of the sea otter’s natural range in southern CA. In 2009, EDC sued the FWS on behalf of The Otter Project and itself, challenging FWS’ decades-long delay in making a required decision on whether or not to terminate the Southern Sea Otter Translocation Program.

EDC Names Owen Bailey as New Executive Director

EDC announced that it has hired Owen Bailey, an experienced community organizer, fundraiser, educator and environmental advocate as its new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2013. Mr. Bailey joins EDC after nearly a decade at the Sierra Club.

Peter Schuyler Elected President of EDC: New Executive Committee Takes the Reins

EDC, celebrating more than 35 years protecting our local environment, is pleased to announce Peter Schuyler has been elected as the President of its Board of Directors. A Santa Barbara County native, Mr. Schuyler joined the Board of EDC in 2005 and has served as its Vice President since 2007. He brings significant expertise in conservation, natural area land management, and non-profit management to the EDC board.

Superior Court Judge to Rule on Legality of Santa Barbara Ranch (AKA Naples) Development Approvals

On Tuesday, July 31, at 9:30 am in Dept 3, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Thomas P. Anderle is scheduled to issue a decision on a lawsuit filed in December of 2008 by the Naples Coalition, Surfrider Foundation, and EDC (Petitioners), challenging the then Board of Supervisor’s approval of the Santa Barbara Ranch Project on the Gaviota Coast property known as Naples.

California Coastal Commission Gives Green Light to End the “No-Otter” Zone

CCC Finds That Proposed Termination of Southern Sea Otter Translocation Program is Consistent With California Coastal Act
The Commission’s decision represents an important milestone in the effort to finally repeal the “no-otter” zone–an outdated rule from 1987 prohibiting threatened southern sea otters from California waters south of Point Conception (Santa Barbara County). Allowing otters to once again inhabit southern California waters is considered critical to the recovery of the species under the Endangered Species Act.

EDC’s New Ocean Acidification Public Service Announcement Debuts at World Oceans Day

In celebration of World Oceans Day EDC joined the Ty Warner Sea Center on June 9th to debut our new Ocean Acidification Public Service Announcement (PSA). This new 30-second animated PSA addresses the worldwide issue of ocean acidification (OA), which threatens to cause significant changes in the ocean environment. The PSA highlights how the changes in ocean chemistry are already affecting sea
life, businesses, and the entire ocean food web.

EDC Takes Legal Action to Address Water Pollution From Oil and Gas Field in Coastal Ventura County – Lawsuit to be Filed Against Vintage Production/Occidental for Alleged Violations of Clean Water Act at Rincon Grubb Oil Field

EDC notified Vintage Production California LLC, a subsidiary of oil giant Occidental Petroleum Corporation (“Vintage/Oxy”), of its intent to sue the company for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) at its Rincon Grubb oil field, where it conducts oil exploration and development activities.

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