Media Advisory for Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Media Advisory for Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546;; Twitter: @shopcraft; Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla 209/479-2053;; Twitter: @RestoretheDelta

Governor’s Water Tunnels Opponents to Release New Map:
Largest Agricultural Water Users, Selenium-Damaged Land, Oil Deposits for Fracking

Sacramento, CA- Restore the Delta (RTD) and Food and Water Watch, opponents of Governor Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, announced today they will hold a teleconference on Tuesday, March 4, to release a new map depicting the overlap between the largest agricultural users of Bay-Delta water exports, land impaired by selenium concentrations that make farming unsustainable, and oil and gas basins that could be fracked.

“This map will show a remarkable overlay of where our water is going, how the public subsidizes unsustainable crops on drainage-impaired lands, selenium concentrations that pose a threat to the public, and underlying oil deposits that could be fracked with water from the governor’s tunnels,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of RTD. “Unsustainable farming has damaged these lands. And the taxpayers have been subsidizing it. Fracking is another water intensive industry in the San Joaquin Valley that will further contaminate groundwater supplies. The governor’s plan describes water for fracking via the proposed peripheral tunnels as a beneficial use. Beneficial for whom? The peripheral tunnels would benefit unsustainable corporate agribusiness in one region and potentially the energy industry – at the expense of everyday Californians.”

WHAT: Restore the Delta Map Release: Largest Water Users, Selenium-Damaged Land & Oil Fracking

WHEN: 2:00 pm, Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WHO: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Ex. Dir., Restore the Delta; Adam Scow, California Campaigns Director, Food & Water Watch

WHERE: Media Teleconference: Dial 1-800-434-1335, Code 674292#

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