Hellllloooooo everybody. Spring Ahead Fall back. Its fall back time.
Another busy night at all the British henge sites as staff work all night to move the stones forward by an hour. We are getting it done.
Couple of quick updates.
Oil Money Out Pledge 7 signers.
Jimmy Paulding candidate BOS 4th district, Bruce Gibson, Adam Hill, Heidi Harmon, Aaron Gomez, Andy Pease that’s a majority of the SLO City Council, Coleen Martin and Mark Buchman signed. Peschong, Compton and Arnold, Carbajal, Feinstein, Fareed and Allison Hartson have not signed. They have until Nov. 10. With the caveat that no response is a declination to sign. Which means it is fair to say that they refused to sign the pledge.
Signing is a big deal. So we will have to do everything in our power and with our resources, ingenuity, creativity to make sure these candidates have everything they need to win.
Why are we doing this? Why get involved? Because it matters. Because it is the right thing to do. Because this is our home. We love this place. We have to make sure our elected officials care as much about our safety health and well being as we do.
Oil is a sick and deviant culture. Resuscitating dead, putrefied remains is what they do for a living. They use their ill-gotten gains to buy politicians and influence legislators and legislation. They can’t be trusted and that is the reason why we need to know who we can trust with our lives and livelihoods. Signing the pledge tells us what we need to know. And influences the way we vote. Tuesday elections were very telling.
“Basically this [pledge] is the ushering in of a new type of politics where in Democratic circles, in the long term, it will no longer be okay for the party to be unduly influenced by campaign contributions from Dominion,”
A sign that things are turning around and fossil fuel is finally getting its comeuppance.
- So exemptions are a crock. Exempting an aquifer does not mean it can be poisoned with toxic waste by products. Au contraire, contraire. This has been the Big Lie and we are onto it. And any politician or governing board that approves a permit to dump toxic waste without getting the certificate that verifies and documents that the dumping site has meet all Class I injection site criteria to include No-migration petition demonstrating that fluids will remain in the injection zone for as long as they are hazardous (modeling conducted to show either the waste will remain in the injection zone for 10,000 years or it will be rendered non-hazardous before migration) is going to be liable and held responsible for contracting with unlicensed operators and unapproved sites.Clearly a violation of our own planning and zoning rules and regulation and business code.
And another sign that things are finally turning around and heading in the right direction
The decision is a significant victory for pipeline opponents, with far-reaching consequences for gas pipelines and other fossil fuel projects that require federal approval. Signals that the courts will hold agencies to their NEPA obligations. Up until now oil and gas have escaped NEPA obligations their claim being it was cost prohibitive to comply with all these safety and health rules.
This Court said TOO BAD. This is precedent setting. Means things are going to start going our way. Bold and Brave wins the day.
The court concluded that FERC Federal Energy Regulation Commission “should have either given a quantitative estimate of the downstream greenhouse emissions that will result from burning the natural gas that the pipelines will transport or explained more specifically why it could not have done so.” The court further noted that the environmental impact statement needed to include a discussion of the significance of the downstream greenhouse gas emissions, as well as their cumulative impact. Environmental Justice argument wins one for the Environment.
This is a big deal. This is calling out the Federal Agencies for being lazy, sloppy, and generally disinterested in environmental safety and health impacts and more concerned about aiding and abetting fossil fuel projects by ignoring real costs. Court finally called that folly a major foul. Pipeline is on hold until in compliance with all laws. It’s a trend and it is going our way.
So, If compliance with all laws is necessary to get a legal permit, and it is, then why is the Arroyo Grande Oil field operating without proper certification? You can’t wash dishes in this town without proper certification. How is it that the AGOF is dumping toxic waste into the unincorporated areas of SLO county and our legal representatives, SLO BOS, is ignoring the fact and allowing it to go on? Shame shame shame.
EPA, DOGGR, Water Resources Board, Air Quality control all admitted that AGOF was on the list to be shut down because they were not registered or certified to dump toxic waste. They regarded the unlicensed wells a clear and present danger. So dangerous in fact that they stipulated a deadline for our safety, health and well being. So, shut them down.
Corrupt officials giving away our security and well being by approving bogus permits? Time to hit up the BOS like we mean it and our lives depend on it because it does.
There is a reckless disregard for the law, our feelings, concerns and rights. We can change all that.
We are still looking for The Attorney General to do his job and enforce the Feb. 15, shut down deadline of all unlicensed well sites.
What the heck is the point of having rules and regulations if no one is going to enforce them?
To get certified the site must prove it will remain safe and sound for 10,000 years. It simple. Get certified and you get the permit to dump. No certification. No permit.
We need officials that are not afraid to do their job and uphold the law. Being afraid to do the right thing is going to get them fired and that is no idle threat. We can make that happen.
Oil will be obsolete in 10 years. It’s over. Operators are going to abandon that AGOF and leave us holding a bowl full of toxic waste that is going to compromise and contaminate our underground water resources for eons. They don’t care that the rules say you must leave the site in the same or better condition than they found it. It is just plain stupid for any community to embrace a dying industry that IS GASPING its last BREATH AND WILL TAKE US DOWN WITH IT IF WE LET IT.
On a Happier note PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
SLO Clean Water signed onto a letter with 173 other organizations that will be delivered to the COP23 in Bonn
This is what it said
We the undersigned — as part of a united and consistently growing global community — demand the following:
- An immediate ban without any exemptions of all types of fracking with regard to the research, exploration and exploitation of fossil energy sources.
This ban should apply whether or not the fracturing occurs with or without chemicals, hydraulically or in other ways.
- A general import and trade ban on “fracked” fossil energy sources.
- A general ban on the injection of the flowback or the underground disposal of fluids and waste water from the extraction of hydrocarbons.
- Immediate and considerable efforts for a just transition to 100% renewable energy and a significant boost for energy efficiency measures.
The near future demands it; the time is right and the time is now!
SLO Clean Water
THE SLO CLEAN WATER FAMILY will be at the COP23 taking a stand with our growing global community. So proud. We are in good company. There is strength in numbers and we are growing by leaps and bounds.
Still working with Becerra on the Feb. 15, shut down deadline of the 11 wells at the AGOF.
Last letter from Becerra, Sept. 20, gave us the bum’s rush and told us to lawyer up if we want to get him to do his job. Am not going to lawyer up but will keep doing what it takes to get him to man up and do his job.
Sent the complaint to the State EPA office and this is what they said.
Dear JEAN’NE BLACKWELL,
This message relates to the environmental complaint number COMP-33073 you submitted to the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) on 11/01/2017. Your complaint is being handled by the following agencies:
Agency: Department of Toxic Substances Control
Contact: Nancy Lancaster, email@example.com
Agency: State Water Resources Control Board
Agency: Air Resources Board
Contact: Crystal Steele, firstname.lastname@example.org
Your complaint is still being investigated. We will notify you once the complaint has been closed.
We are making our case and have a record of complaints filed and demands made. When it comes time to prove our case and show we noticed the proper authorities and demanded they do their job and shut down those illegal wells we can show they did nothing. The courts love this kind of stuff. It makes it very easy for them to cure the wrongdoing. And then we win.
Did I say a few short updates? Oh my define short. An initiative, email and public comment campaign in the works. Look where we were one year ago year with the DAPL. It was nasty, Illegal and unlawful actions but lo and behold it is working out. Justice is prevailing. Standing fast, strong and together wins the day.