A week from yesterday, March 13, Monday The SLO County Supervisors will begin hearings on the Phillips 66 crude oil train terminal project. Also, at high noon in the County Plaza across from the hearings (1000 block of Monterrey St) we will have a huge “SLO Clean Energy Crossroads Rally” to not only encourage denial of the Phillips 66 project but to also assert our support for clean energy alternatives to dirty fossil and nuclear fuels. We have cancelled our plans to have a permitted march due to logistical and cost requirements imposed by SLO City (freedom of assembly is not free in SLO). The Rally will be permitted.
International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the struggle for women’s rights.
The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York and organized by the Socialist Party of America. A Women’s Day demonstration on March 8, 1917 in Petrograd sparked the Russian Revolution.
Peschong recused himself on the consent item on setting the hearing; he has promised to recuse on the Phillips 66 decision also. So, now there will be 4 Supervisors, chaired by Adam Hill, and it would take three votes to reverse the Planning Commission denial.
That means if there is a 2-2 split there is no majority and reversing the planning commission’s denial of the project is denied.
The planning commission did everything right. They took all the hundreds of public comments, emails, data, reports, peer reviews, government studies, letters signed by the National Teachers Association, Health and Safety professionals, Environmental organizations, official letters from peer community leaders from across the State and United States and voted to deny the permit. We did a damn good job of presenting our case to the planning commission and the planning commission did a damn good job of acting on those facts and information presented to them. We won. Phillips lost.
The planning commission was relegated the task by the Board, using county resources, staff, counsel and tax dollars, to come to an informed decision and the decision was to deny. I do not know how the Board could in good conscience doubt the integrity of the staff and the commissioners but then again decisions are not always made in good conscience and common sense as the criteria. Facts don’t lie. So a call to action to attend the appeal hearings is in order.
Let us not forget. We have the upper hand here. We are in the position of power. We do not have to defend or make our case all over again. It is Phillips that is in the hot seat. They have the burden of proof on their shoulders. So let’s make sure the Board is well aware of all the indisputable facts and evidence and actions and bring this to the table and lay it all out so we know exactly what Phillips has to prove to overturn the Planning commissions decision.
And the way we do that is insist the Board indicates for the record all the correspondence, public comments, attendance records, official data, reports, peer reviews, emails, etc. already submitted and part of the record is duly noted and entered into the record on day one. This should be something that staff can access without too much trouble. They have a record. They tallied everything. It was part of their job. So asking for that record to be brought forward and enter it as part of this proceeding is a must. This is a fair official request and deserving of an official response from the Chair from the get go.
We have a right to be acknowledged and recognized and everything that is part of the record needs to be upfront and on the table before Phillips puts their case on the table. Wait for an answer. Wait for the acknowledgement. Get the record on the table.
According to DOGGR the Arroyo Grande Oil Field was to be shut down on Feb 15, 2017. The Board should have revoked the current permit and dismissed the pending one on that order alone. But they didn’t and that is not looking good for them.
There is nothing legal about the Arroyo Grande Oil Field operation. Even if the EPA exempts the aquifer the Board is still liable for knowingly permitting illegal and criminal activity for 15 years. It’s simple. Not certified. No permit.
Maybe the Board didn’t think anyone would notice or maybe they didn’t care, either way this oil field is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and this Board has a lot of explaining to do.
MARCH 8 International Women’s Day. I’m wearing RED to work. And here is the Central Coast contact info.
Will hand deliver it to the Attorney General’s office and our County Board of Supervisors. This effects every drop of water in California because every aquifer, stream, river above and below ground is connected. What happens in our backyard effects water everywhere. There are 105,000 unregulated wells in California up and down the State. I say unregulated because they are self regulated and over 6,000 of them have not been certified safe. That has the potential of affecting water sources for millions of people.
All the wells were suppose to be shut down on Feb. 15. So, it would behoove us all to get this petition to go viral. The more signatures there are the louder our voices get. We will hand deliver the final result to the AG and BOS. Road trip anyone? Counting on all you wonderful people that are working your little hoofies to the quick to keep our home sweet home safe and sound to get this petition signed with a record amount of signatures in short order. I know we can do it.
Thanking you all in advance for your kindness and generous spirit. Thank you.
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