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BEC Protects

The Butte Environmental Council (BEC) is a non-profit environmental organization based in Butte County, California. Our mission is to protect and defend the land, air and water of Butte County and the surrounding region through action, advocacy and education.  BEC was formed in 1975 and throughout its 40 years, BEC has had a significant voice in shaping the environment and policies of Butte County and beyond.

BEC in the News

April 20, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:An Earth Day movie night is planned April 19 at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the films begin at 6:30 p.m. Eight short films with agricultural themes are planned.Admission is a $5 minimum cash-only donation. All attendees will receive prizes corresponding to the generosity of their donation. Guests will also have the chance to win additional raffle prizes throughout the night.Tags: earth day, movie, BEC, Butte County, Community, sierra nevadaby: dkeeley1

April 1, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Environmental groups get together to gain support for local efforts following sustainability conference“It’s not just what we need to do, but ‘this is what we’ve done,’” Stemen said. “The amount of activity that’s happening around these types of issues—sustainability, environmental justice, basic peace with the planet—is really vibrant in this community so having a night like this allows people to find out what’s going on and be re-energized. When you’re just one group, sometimes it’s a little lonely, then you realize, ‘No, I’m just one of many.’”Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

March 30, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Mark Stemen of Butte Environmental Council said his group is “very pleased” with the plan, and has been working for about the last year and a half on Chico tree issues. BEC also worked with PG&E on the replacement of trees north of Hegan Lane near the pipeline.Smith said PG&E has been working more carefully with communities over tree removals, noting a change in its approach.Tags: BEC, chico, trees, removal, pge, Butte County, Communityby: dkeeley1

BEC News Interests

April 12, 2016

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Students seek to halt sale of single-use water bottles on campus“They’ve been doing a dual campaign and also telling people where the water is. They also came up with this dramatic way to demonstrate the waste,” Stemen said, referring to the display.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

March 23, 2016


  • “About three years ago, the Butte Environmental Council wrote a letter to Butte County asking if fracking could happen here,” Garcia said. “We got a letter back from a senior planner saying that they were unaware of any gas or oil wells in Butte County. So I started doing research and found out there are actually 32 wells [with the potential to be fracked] here.” - dkeeley1

Tags: chico, news, review, sustainability, Butte County, fracking, butteby: dkeeley1

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