News Worth Noting: Vidak introduces legislation to accelerate water projects, Family Farm Alliance Road Map for western ag, OriginOil’s pilot project to clean up ‘produced water’

vidakSenator Andy Vidak introduces legislation to accelerate completion of critical water projects:  “Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today introduced Senate Bill 127, which would streamline the environmental review process so that critical water projects funded by the 2014 water bond can be completed quickly. … “Dozens of communities in my district lack access to clean drinking water,” said Vidak.  “If we can change the CEQA process to help billionaire developers build sports complexes for millionaire players, we should be able to do the same to accelerate the completion of desperately-needed water projects for our most disadvantaged communities.” ... ”  Read the full statement here: Vidak Introduces Legislation to Accelerate Completion of Critical Water Projects

Road Map CoverFamily Farm Alliance issues new report:A Road Map Towards Securing the Future of Western Agriculture”: “As the 114th Congress begins initial deliberations in Washington, D.C., the Family Farm Alliance (Alliance) has prepared a “road map” that the organization's leaders believe can be used as a guide for policy makers to protect and enhance the agricultural economy in the Western United States.  The Alliance has prepared “A Road Map towards Securing the Future of Western Agriculture” which will be shared with local, state and federal officials, including Western members of Congress, Congressional water and environment committees, and the governors of the 17 Western states. The Road Map provides findings and recommendations on four key areas that are intertwined with Western agriculture: 1) water resources; 2) The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and other federal environmental laws; 3) Public lands management; and 4) Immigration. ... ”  Read more here:   Family Farm Alliance Releases New Report

OriginOil Logo 3C1OriginOil Commissions Pilot Site To Treat Produced Water for Steam Injection and Agricultural Irrigation: OriginOil Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation™ (EWS), the high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, announced today that it recently commissioned a pilot site for the treatment of produced water for steam injection, and to provide irrigation water for California’s drought-stricken Central Valley. The site is hosted by privately-held Vaquero Energy, an exploration and production (E&P) company based in Bakersfield, California. “We were delighted to welcome OriginOil on our site, because we’ve prioritized treating our produced water for beneficial reuse in our Cyclic Steam boilers and for agricultural irrigation,” said Wyatt Shipley, Vaquero Energy Operations Manager. “OriginOil’s units are treating our produced water, while also recovering significant amounts of oil, which otherwise would have been lost to disposal. We are excited about the potential for this new technology to work in the field.” ... ” Continue reading this press release here: OriginOil Commissions Pilot Site To Treat Produced Water for Steam Injection and Agricultural Irrigation


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