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Federal Judge gives Westlands and Reclamation six more months to pursue settlement talks on drainage problemSubmitted by Lloyd Carter on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 20:09.
Federal Judge Lawrence O’Neill in Fresno has signed an order allowing the Westlands Water District and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation another 6 months to pursue settlement talks without any further implementation of the 2007 Record of Decision regarding Westlands' long-standing farm drainage water problem.
The key final paragraph of O'Neill's order reads as follows: READ MORE »
Patricia Schifferle responds to selenium polluters on San Joaquin River.
SEC issues final judgment in an insider trading scam involving the son of a prominent attorney for WestlandsSubmitted by Lloyd Carter on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 20:18.
On May 5, I blogged about the powerful Denver, Colorado law firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck with long-time ties to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. You can read that story at
The same firm of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck was hired by the Westlands Water District to pursue a billion dollar claim in the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. over failure by the U.S. Bureau of
Reclamation to complete a drainage system for Westlands. Lead partner Norman Brownstein, a prominent Washington lobbyist has been embarrassed recently by his two adult sons who have become involved in shenanigans
or outright violation of criminal laws. Brownstein's younger son, Drew "Bo" Brownstein, was involved in an inside trader scam and pled guilty, resulting in a prison term. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission
issued the following news release:
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Litigation Release No. 22404 / June 28, 2012
SEC v. H. Clayton Peterson et al., 11 Civ. 5448 (S.D.N.Y.) (RPP)
By Lloyd G. Carter
Editor’s note: Part one of this series addresses the merits of Westlands Water District’s breach of contract claim in the U.S. Claims Court in Washington, D.C. Part Two addresses the Denver law firm hired to represent Westlands and its far flung political connections.
In the wake of the public relations debacle over the brief hiring of former federal judge Oliver Wanger, the Westlands Water District has now hired a high-powered Denver, Colorado law firm with close ties to Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar and political tentacles reaching to the highest levels of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Westlands, on January 6, 2012, quietly filed a complaint in the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. claiming the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation breached its 1963 contract with Westlands by failing for decades to build a drainage system to carry away Westlands’ toxic waste waters to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. There was no Westlands press release on the Court of Claims suit and no mainstream media picked up the story for almost a month. READ MORE »
Thank you, Senator Dianne Feinstein, for releasing a damning report of selenium treatment technology strategies, and for your leadership on the difficult drainage issues in the San Joaquin Valley, but we want you to ask tougher questions of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation about recent secret proposals for new selenium treatment technologies.
Read the full story including the letter here.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is brokering a deal to solve the drainage crisis in the Westlands Water District, has written the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation asking some questions about a recent U.S. Geological Survey report on the feasibility of proposed drainage solutions. Click here to read.
Is another selenium-poisoned wildlife disaster like that which occurred at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in Merced County in the 1980s going to occur again? READ AN ARTICLE HERE about the latest United States Geological Survey report which indicates more problems for western San Joaquin Valley agriculture. CLICK HERE for the USGS report. READ MORE »
Congress considers continuing irrigation of contaminated lands; C-WIN proposes ambitious plan to end water waste READ MORE »
Donald R. Glaser has been named the new Mid-Pacific regional director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. READ MORE »
The Bureau of Reclamation's Klamath Basin Area Office (KBAO), working in partnership with other Federal and Oregon State agencies, announces the availability of $2 million in Reclamation funds for the Klamath River Watershed Restoration Program in fiscal year (FY) 2008. READ MORE »