SB1132 fate and Got Water?

Finished this newsletter around 4 p.m. but decided to wait until after I got off of a conference call with the California Against Fracking coalition to find out the results of SB 1132 so I could post it.  It failed.A couple of theabstentions apparently would have won it for us but that’s politics for you. It certainly was not from a lack of effort by dedicated committed people fighting the good fight for all the right reason but rather the result of a system of undue influence that has so corrupted the process as to render it unreliable and undoable for all intent and purposes.
It would behoove us now to redouble our efforts and resolve to protecting ourselves and our future with a countywide ban on fracking. The oil industry spent $15,000,000 lobbying the State Legislature to defeat this bill.  And it worked because legislators are beholding to money to get themselves re elected. It won’t work here because we are not beholding to anyone. We, the voters, own this cause and we can’t be brought.
So here are the results then we get on with the business at hand.
SB-1132 Oil and gas: well stimulation treatments.

05/28/14 (FAIL) Senate Floor 18 16 6 Senate 3rd Reading SB1132 Mitchell
Ayes: Beall, Block, Corbett, De León, DeSaulnier, Evans, Hancock, Hill, Jackson, Leno, Lieu, Liu, Mitchell, Monning, Padilla, Pavley, Steinberg, Wolk
Noes: Anderson, Berryhill, Cannella, Correa, Fuller, Gaines, Galgiani, Hernandez, Huff, Knight, Morrell, Nielsen, Torres, Vidak, Walters, Wyland
No Votes Recorded: Calderon, Hueso, Lara, Roth, Wright, Yee

First:  What’s happening in our own backyard
. Second what’s happening in backyards across the State that will impact our backyard and Lastly, bringing it home again.



Alan Hayashi watches as workers load boxes of cabbages onto the truck for shipping at his farm on in Arroyo Grande, Calif., May 8, 2014. Hayashi said he was surprised to learn that state records showed the farm had used 875,000 acre-feet of water in 2010 to irrigate its vegetable farm, more than 10 times what San Francisco consumes in a year. “That’s a huge crazy number,” Hayashi said. In reality, he said, they only used about 550 acre-feet. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
The question being asked also at this time is where does Freeport McMoRan, Price canyon operator, get its water for drilling? It used 6.5 million barrels (42 gallons per barrel) of water in 2012 for its steam injection drilling of 120 plus wells. No one seems to know exactly where they are getting their water.  Just wondering if there is a connection here. How much water would an additional 350 wells take and where would that water come from? If fracking goes forward,  FYI,  it takes 100 times more water than ‘conventional drilling’.  Reason enough to ban it?  Wastes water we don’t.

FYI: Recommendation in response to our request to the Board to join us in adopting a countywide ban on fracking was for staff to contact the Water Resources Advisory Committee, WRAC.   This is from a member of WRAC.
As a member of the Water Resources Advisory Committee, they [BOS] already punted us the fracking football last year, and nothing happened, because DOGGR didn’t want to meet with us.

Still not exactly sure what Mr. Gibson was asking the committee to do.  Just questioning relevance here since we already know that nothing happened the last time this request was put to the committee. And certainly not for lack of trying on the part of WRAC. They did everything they could.    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein. The flip side of this is keep doing it because you do know what the results will be. Again, What exactly was Mr. Gibson asking the Committee to do?

Also, WRAC does not generally meet in July and August.  So, a couple of months as estimated for a response seems very optimistic.

And what is it that he is asking the Planning Dept to do?  We already know that drilling is allowed and fracking is legal,by default, so what new information can the Planning Dept recommend to the Board in response to our asking the Board for a vote of assurance that they share our vision of a safe, healthy, livable and prosperous community?

Easy agenda item.
Agenda Item #:  Response to the 4,000 petitioners and community members calling for a countywide ban on fracking. Discussion by the Board, it goes to public comment on the agenda, then it  goes to a vote.  Those in favor of a ban say Aye those opposed say Nay. Easy enough. Done deal.  I think the community is entitled to know and as a matter of the public record, exactly where their representative stands on the issue of fracking.

Second. Across the State.

A license to Frack.

Map of crude by rail accidents

ForestWatch Halts Three Fracking Operations in Sespe Watershed

Pretty much everything that is going on across the state. Facts are facts and it is very informative.

And then this little bit of news

Fracking in California’s Monterey Shale will recover 96 percent less oil than thought

“A blow to the nation’s oil future” as federal officials slash previous estimates

Wonder what that does to the $6 billion lawsuit against the county?
And lastly, bringing it home.
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  Hedrick Smith is a Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent and author
whose new book, 
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  “…full of surprises and revelations …filled with the penetrating insights,
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William Ostrander, is an actor, farmer, developer, and local leader of
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Free screening of Gasland II on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 490 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos. There will be a potluck dinner at 5:30pm, then showing the film at 6:30pm.
Students: Making plans.  They get it!  We get it!  Got to love it.

Donations: Thank you everyone. We aren’t quite to our goal yet but getting there. Suggestion did come in though that rather than 70,000 $1 donations how about 69 $1,000? Who can argue with a suggestion like that?




3 thoughts on “SB1132 fate and Got Water?

  1. It’s called ‘sniveling’- Strategic Not Voting. SNV. By abstaining from voting, elected officials can cause their desired result w/o the accountability of voting one way or the other. The practice is widespread in the democratic party, who masquerade as the people’s party. They are no such thing. The no voters as well as the snivelers should be the subject of a relentless campaign to remove them from office, but they are not the only ones to blame. The real problem is the rank and file democratic voter, who says they want change, yet continue to vote against it by voting for democrats. The excuse they give is, ‘republicans are worse.’ Not true. The two parties are the same.

                     Joey Racano: ‘Weapon of mass discussion’


    • Joey I do welcome comments and discussion that will aid in accomplishing our goal of being a frack free county. There is just so much time and energy to go around and we always have a choice as to how we are going to use it. Accentuating the negative is counter productive and a waste of our valuable time and energy. I will have to ask you to please be respectful of that fact. Thank you.

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