SLO CLEAN WATER NEWSLETTER #76 – HELLLLLOOOO SAN LUIS OBISPO AND BEYOND -2019

Happy NEW FOREVER
Hello dear friends.  Sorry for the long gap in communication. Been gathering info and working a bit behind the scenes making ready to go public.  Wanted to be sure had positive news to announce the start of the New Year.  And here it is.

Been working on this legal action for at least 7 years. And until now everyone I contacted about this certain type of legal action was met with discouraging words and uncertainty because it had never been done before.

The fact that corporations file suits like this very successfully against our elected officials all the time did not seem to phase most of the contacts.  In fact they were not particularly interested in sitting precedent that would change the way we do business with our elected officials. I persisted like every cockeyed optimist does.  I was really stuck on, if the corporations can successfully file Writs then why can’t we?  It worked for them why not us?  Persistence paid off.

I watched in agony for many years as agencies, like DOGGR and EPA, planning boards, elected officials, officers of the court, elected officials, escaped prosecution for non compliance of enforcement of rules and regulations that endangered our lives and livelihood because no one cared enough or dared enough to charge them with not doing their job, breaching their promise to keep us safe.

That reign of terror is over and am so proud and pleased to announce that we are the people we have been waiting for as Margaret Mead suggested: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’  We are that small group of thoughtful, committed citizens here in San Luis Obispo County that will change our world.

We have everything we need to go forward with an extraordinary Writ demanding our elected officials do their job of keeping us safe or else.  Arroyo Grande Oil Field is not a safe place because our Board of Supervisors failed to do their job and do it right.

We have legal representation that is not afraid to do the right thing and knows how to make it right.  We  have plaintiffs that are representative of our community and everything it stands for.

I will keep you all informed of the particulars as they come available.  Just wanted you to know that the safety and well being of our home and future generations is a reality whose time has come.
Here are some other very encouraging signs of the time.

 Quoting ‘The Lorax,’ Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail December 14, 2018

A federal appeals court has thrown out a power company’s permit to build a natural gas pipeline across two national forests and the Appalachian Trail – and slammed the U.S. Forest Service for granting the approvals in the first place.

In a decision filed Thursday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., a three-judge panel declared the U.S. Forest Service “abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources” when it issued permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to build through parts of the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests and a right of way across the Appalachian Trail.

“This conclusion,” they wrote in a unanimous judgment, “is particularly informed by the Forest Service’s serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company’s deadlines.”

The judges cited Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: “We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.'”

The court concluded that the Forest Service’s decisions violated both the National Forest Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and found the Forest Service lacked the authority to grant the pipeline a right of way across the Appalachian Trail.

This is not unlike what is going on with our Board of Supervisors who has for the past 20 years granted the Arroyo Grande Oil Field permission to illegally dump their toxic waste into our protected sacred underground aquifer without so much as a mother may I.

 The Board failed to do their job and get the required licenses and EPA permits certifying that the unincorporated areas of SLO County were documented safe for 10,000 years.  As a result of their reckless disregard for the law they put this entire county and all our lives and livelihood at risk of irreparable and irreversible contamination of an essential, vital element necessary for all life to thrive and prosper, our sacred water.   It is a new Day.  It is a Day of reckoning.

And here is a shout out also to The Sierra Club who has just filed suit against SLO County Board of Supervisors over ‘brazen violation of the law’.  It is about time. This is not the same as our Writ but it is very much indicative of coming attractions, putting the Board of Supervisors on notice that this community is coming alive and knows what we need to do to insure that our safety and well being is the top priority of our elected officials and we are NOT afraid to make our demands known.

Read more here:
Sierra Club sues SLO County Board of Supervisors over ‘brazen violation of the law’ more here:

Now in closing dear friends of SLO Clean Water my New Year wish for us all.

Much Love,

 

p.s. This just in.  A sign that it is over for liars and criminals hiding behind corrupt politicians.  Jan.7, 2019

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to ExxonMobil’s efforts to stonewall an investigation into its business practice of sowing doubt about climate science.

The high court declined to hear last-ditch appeals by Exxon to block subpoenas by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is investigating whether Exxon lied to the public and investors about fossil fuels’ impact on climate change. At Climate Hawks Vote, we’ve long been actively involved in #ExxonKnew — a coalition demanding elected officials investigate the biggest ongoing crime against humanity.

 

 

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#74 SLO Clean Water Newsletter – Unscheduled hiatus – Fundraiser update- The Kind of Story We Need Right Now: Grandma Strangles Bobcat to Death

#74 SLO Clean Water Newsletter – Unscheduled hiatus – Fundraiser update- The Kind of Story We Need Right Now: Grandma Strangles Bobcat to Death

Hi Folks,
So sorry.  Had some unscheduled roto rooter work done on the ole pipes leading up to the ticker and just getting my mojo back up to speed.  Got a clean bill of health and am good to go for another 40 years or 100,000 miles whichever comes first.  So here goes.

Big thanks to all those that contributed to the Hugs and Kisses campaign. We done good real good!  We are just $4,000 short of our goal. $4,000 will put us on the map and in the history books and a promise I will never ask for another cent.

So what this lawsuit against our Board of Supervisors will do will force the Board to do their job and uphold the law.  The law is: only licensed EPA approved contractors can dump toxic waste on​ EPA approved designated site that satisfy EPA approved Class 1 Underground Injection Control program.  The Arroyo Grande Oil fields has never been licensed because the Board of Supervisors intentionally ignored the laws prohibiting partnering up with unlicensed contractors and no one ever called them out on it.  Until now.

One of the reasons why the fossil fuel industry is able to make more money than god and buy influence all over the place is because they have always escaped the ‘cost prohibitive,” their words, environmental safety and health laws. This official petition is cutting off that escape route once and for all.

We are not the only ones now taking our complaints and petitions to the court.

Kristin Schafer, Executive Director of Pesticide Action Network North America, released the following statement: The case was against Monsanto and Roundup.

“Children, farmworkers, rural families and science are all huge winners today. The court affirmed that EPA’s job is to protect public health, not industry profits — and found that their reversal of the planned ban of this brain-harming pesticide was in fact illegal. Sadly, under this administration it takes judges to force our public agencies and officials to stand up to corporate henchmen and do their jobs.”   

Here is another win that says people matter and that things are changing.

https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/08/03/portland-oregon-wins-court-battle-ban-new-oil-infrastructure

In a big win for the City of Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued a ruling that the city had not violated the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause by voting to ban any new fossil fuel terminals within its borders.

“This is a major victory for the climate and our communities,” said Maura Fahey, staff attorney at Crag Law Center, which represented environmental groups intervening in the case.  “Industry couldn’t even get its foot in the door of the courtroom to try to overturn the City’s landmark law. This sends a powerful message to local communities that now is the time to take action to protect our future.”

Taking action means a court order served on the Board of Supervisors to do their job and shut down the Arroyo Grande Oil fields for illegal and unlawful dumping of toxic waste into the unincorporated areas of SLO County. Board knowingly and with intent permitted an unlicensed contractor to dump toxic waste into the unincorporated areas of SLO County.

This is wrong and we are going to make it right.

Even with a law like Measure G banning fracking the oil industry’s modus operandi is to bankrupt, harass and fatigue a community by bringing a lawsuit claiming the ban is infringing on their right to earn a livelihood.  These kinds of suits are cost prohibitive for a community and could go on for years. However, if it has been determined, and this is what our suit against the Board is doing, by a court that only licensed contractors with EPA UIC Class I certification can apply for an application to drill then the court would need to see the license before a claim against the county could be filed.

We could pretty much close the books once and for all on the long standing criminal activity at the Arroyo Grande Oil fields by Christmas time.  Suit against our BOS could happen as soon as September and ordinance on the books by November. Nice.

This is going to change the way we do business with our elected officials.  We are in charge for a change.

Thank you.

Ecologistics, Inc. is ready to take your tax-deductible donations. MAIL: Checks MO’s to Ecologistics 4349 Old Santa Fe Road, #5, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401: Memo SLO CLEAN WATER ACTION

OR

https://ecologistics.org/donate/ credit card payment even bitcoin.  Drop down menu click on SLO CLEAN WATER ACTION.

Thank you.

And Finally

The Kind of Story We Need Right Now: Grandma Strangles Bobcat to Death

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwpHSKHyEWQ

Time to kick ass

jeannewater@gmail.com

SLO Clean Water.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugs and Kisses update.

Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses Campaign

We are at $2,220 and 22 days to go.  This is so freaking exciting.  If all the parties of interest, everyone that uses water, could share this I think that would put us in the pink and make us court worthy. To all those who have donated you are doing us so proud. Thank you!!!!

Meeting with attorneys. Getting a legal team together.  It is happening. Did a tweet to a couple of celebs to get their support Mark Ruffalo, Ellen, DiCapro, Josh Fox and Robert Redford.  Also contacted Erin Brockovich.   Tweeting is a lot easier than trying to find their physical contact info that’s for sure. If you want to play this twitterpated game,  oh yea,  Tweet the link Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses campaign https://www.facebook.com/donate/254879975276877/1474794539292612/  and invite them to join in. (can you hash tag that?).  I think everyone on that list knows and loves SLO too so letting them know about our fundraiser to keep SLO safe and getting elected officials to do their job might be appreciated.  Maybe someone will even do a matching funds. xoxo to all ❤❤❤

 

If FB is not your thing you can send a donation to our beloved fiscal sponsor Ecologistics @
633 Ramona Ave., Space 103, Los Osos, CA 93402.  Make sure and mention it is for Hugs and Kisses or just put some xoxo on your donation.

 

So Pruitt’s out and Wheeler’s In.  A coal lobbyist heading up the EPA.  wow. We aren’t even pretending anymore that this whole appointee thing can be the ultimate abuse of power and corrupt to the core.

  • Can you imagine the conniption fits that would be going on if real environmentalist like Annie Leonard from Greenpeace or Michael Brune from Sierra Club or Environmental Attorney Don Hornstein or Bill McKibben got nominated?  The thought is just too delicious. Needed something to get my head out of the omg doldrums.  And since we thought of it it is possible!It really feels so very very good to be sharing this moment with everyone. It feels good because you just know in your heart it is the right thing to do and it is going to make a difference.  It has been a heck of a journey.  We are going to take this to a point where elected officials can not summarily and routinely dismiss and ignore our basic fundamental concerns without some consequences.  That’s the hope so hold that thought. Magic is in the air. xoxo

  

Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses Campaign

 

NEWSLETTER #73- TIME TO LAWYER UP

Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses Campaign

Click to donate

 

​A couple of angels could do a fly by…… just saying

I have never really fund raised for SLO Clean Water before.  We have worked together for 6 years or more on the issue of halting the illegal and unlawful dumping of toxic waste in the unincorporated areas of SLO County that has been in progress for over 15 years.

We have donated and volunteered our time and energies to a lot of campaigns, calls to action, petition drives, marches, road trips, rallies, town hall meetings, democracy school, lobbying elected officials en mass and one on one that has always proven to be above and beyond. But I have never asked for the big bucks like I am now. ​

I guess I was waiting for the right moment and wanted to make sure we only had to do this money raising thing once.

So this is it. The right moment. A fundraiser that is going to put an end to this habitually obscene travesty of toxic dumping in our backyard.  Enough is enough.

With the nearly constant barrage of life threatening circumstances we are faced with daily by this administration and Mother Nature which requires our undivided attention, we cannot keep up this resistance and maintain our persistence of halting toxic dumping with the same unwavering strength and energy.  It is time to turn our hard earned collective energies over to someone that can do whatever it takes to get the job done and done right.

It is time to lawyer up and put this fight into the hands of those who are going to see it to the end without missing a beat.  We have everything we need legally, morally and ethically. All that remains to get this done is funds to pay for court costs and legal fees.   We have the law on our side and it is time to put it to work for us.  It is going to earn us our freedom from fossil fuels.

Let the local BOS wanabes do their dance.  We are partnering up with some legal eagles that have some moves that will make heads spin.

So, on the issue of halting the illegal and unlawful dumping of toxic waste in the Arroyo Grande Oil fields please donate to Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses Campaign  All donations go to legal fees and court cost and are tax deducible thanks to our beloved fiscal sponsors Ecologistics.

If anybody has contact info for Barbara Streisand, Ellen, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Crosby, Alex Trebek, Lady Gaga, Robert Redford, Willie Nelson or Mark Ruffalo do feel free to pass this on. Want to give anyone a chance to donate to a really good cause and help a lot of people in the process. Freedom from fossil fuel is a really good cause.  Sign up here.

Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses Campaign

​THANK YOU THIS MUCH

What good are rules and regulation if they are not enforced?  How do we get them enforced?

What good are rules and regulation if they are not enforced? How do we get them enforced?

Holding the powerful accountable
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Toxic Wastewater From Oil Fields Endangers California’s Water Supply, Scientists Tell NBC Bay Area

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Toxic-WasteWater-From-Oil-Fields-Endangers-Californias-Water-Supply-Scientists-Tell-NBC-Bay-Area-483089841.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_BAYBrand

I think I mentioned in one of my rants about toxic chemical trespass as a cause of action against our elected officials which just seemed to make sense and yup there is such a thing. I say against our elected officials because they approve the permits to allow this dangerous, reckless practice to go on in our back yard without, again, so much as a mother may I.

Arroyo Grande Oil Field has a holding pit. unlined. they are saying the clay is good enough to keep the crap from filtering down into the ground water. Bull shit. But that is nothing compared to the millions of gallons of toxic waste water per day, radioactive being one of many, they are injecting totally unsupervised, what they call self regulated, into the ground without permission. Truly the text book definition of Trespass. Criminal Trespass. Human Rights Trespass. The only State to allow this practice. Wow and we are billed as the environmentally friendly trailblazing state everyone looks up to. HA. Brown aided and abetted the oil industry from day one.

We do have rights. Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. We have a right to clean air, water, drinking water and to be free the fear of contaminated polluted water from illegal and unlawful dumping of toxic waste.

For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties.

Tell me what the approval of a conditional use permit to dump millions of gallons of toxic biohazardous waste into our back yard by the lead agency which is the Board of Supervisors acting under the color of office is but a gross violation and felony criminal trespass on our right to be safe and secure in our environment?

Tell me what is that? Giving our rights away to an oil company that doesn’t even live here. Doesn’t vote. Doesn’t even have citizenship or residence status. Is a foreign entity. An alien in every sense of the word that is occupying our space for the sole intent and purpose of disposing of manufactured toxic waste that serves no beneficial or useful purpose to a single soul in this community. They are just using and abusing our space as a dumping grounds and our elected officials under the color of office said come on down and dump your little hearts out. I don’t think so. Enough is enough.

Brown is a waste of space. Becerra is a suck up and worthless at doing the right thing where oil is concerned. That just leaves us to fin for ourselves or forever hold our peace. Board of Supervisors is the cure and if we don’t get them to do their job no body else will. We got everything we need to set the record straight and take our community back and permanently dispose of the trespassers once and for all. The law is on our side.

 

 

 

NEWSLETTER #72 – A little bit of everything and then some

NEWSLETTER #72 – A little bit of everything and then some

FIRST

SECOND

BILL DENNEEN

I had occasion to contact Bill about an issue going on in Nipomo that I thought he could help clarify. I got this email back from David Georgi a close and trusted friend.

Bill is in a serious state of decline. He doesn’t use email or
phone any more. His caregivers neglect him. Several of his friends visit
him often and bring him food.    If you can, stop by and say hi.
Contact me if you want more info.

dgeorgi@outlook.com

BILL Deneen is a national treasure.  All you activists and Mother Earth Lovers know what a true champion and warrior for Nature Bill has been for all his life.​ This from the Tribune

Denneen, 92, has spent decades defending California’s coastline. On his 90th birthday in 2015, he was deemed “a national treasure” by then-Rep. Lois Capps at a birthday celebration attended by about 150 well-wishers. Supervisor Bruce Gibson called Denneen “the county’s environmental conscience,” and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian was among many others who lauded the honoree that day.

The environmental legend is known for his thick white beard and hair, piercing blue eyes, and his hiking boots and shorts, but especially for his self-proclaimed “eco-hooligan” status, vision, activism and accomplishments.

Denneen was a D-Day medic who moved to Nipomo in 1960 to teach biology at Santa Maria High School before switching to Allan Hancock College, where he worked for 25 years….  You can get the rest of the story here.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/article199681574.html#storylink=cpy

​I got back to David to see just how we could show this man how much we love and appreciate him and this is what I got back from David.

I brought Bill some clam chowder
and berries Friday. He wolfed the chowder, pausing to remark how his
neighbor makes better chowder. His hearing was problematic, as Patti
says, he needs to wear his aid. I mentioned that
we were planning a birthday celebration at the Nipomo Native Garden,
and he was pleased. Uncharacteristically, he gave me a hug when I left.
When I last visited with Carol, he hugged her but only gave me a fist
bump.

So, I know we are all busier than mud dabbing hornets and we are all truly blessed to know what is really important and of great significance in our lives. Honoring and embracing treasures that have made a difference in our lives is one of those priorities we would not let escape our attention. Bill needs to know how much we love and appreciate him.

Comfort food, visits, hugs, love letters are our way of saying thank you and we love you to a very deserving and precious soul.

Then I got this email from Virginia Souza.

Hi Jeanne,  I am taking over some food to share with Bill today.  Dave Georgi is going Friday.  I am going around 1 pm.
Patty takes him out for a drive on thursdays.  What do u think about
getting some other days filled in?  The “meals” should be very small and
easy to digest.  I am taking a broccoli cauliflower cream soup with
French bread and a carton of blueberries.  He does not like Spicy. The
idea is to get some visitors over there so he knows peoples  care. 

He is really hard of hearing but loves company.  His address is 1040 Cielo, Nipomo.  Virginia

Bill has lots of friends and we need to let him know just how many lives he has touched.

So Bill is going to be 93 on June 9th and a Birthday Party at Nipomo Native Gardens at noon is planned. Don’t wait till then. Do something now if you can.

I asked Virginia and David if we could use their emails to send Bill some thoughts and they said o.k. and would make sure he gets them.  Also, if you want to check in with them to see when a good time to visit is here is contact info.

 Virgina Souza<vps805@gmail.com>

David Georgi<dgeorgi@outlook.com>

 

So there you have it folks. Please share this information with all your contacts. You know Bill is known and loved by this whole community and we need to get this out to everyone.

Much much love all you beautiful people.

Group Hug.

 

THIRD

SHOUT OUTS

 

I want to give you a quick VICTORY results of the  Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) meeting today.

11 Favor – 2 No – vote to authorize IWMA staff to work on a County-wide ordinance.

The first reading is scheduled for Sept 12.

The nays are Pechong and Arnold.  

I was surprised (altho some aren’t surprised) that Compton voted Yay) because two years ago she personally told me she wouldn’t vote for this.  Is she counting votes?  

 Pechong kept pointing out a “fact” that there are 60 cities in CA that recycle Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) that he had received 36 letters opposing this ordinance.  

  Arnold flew all over the place with weird things she had read – one is that EPS is food-safe; and that her business owners had written letters of protest. 

There were about 12 speakers in favor; one representative from the Restaurant Association – but I don’t recall if she said “where” she was from.  Her comments were not based on facts, just on “affordability” to make the switch, and Foam is what will keep them in business.  

Thank you to all who came out and attended the meeting and stood up to speak; many who had sent in letters of support.  

It’s a VICTORY!

Janine Rands

Another Shout out – Can’t have too much good news right?



May 1 at 11:00am ·

TODAY IS THE DAY! Join us live from San Luis Obispo as we celebrate turning in 20,000 signatures collected by hundreds of volunteers across the county for official count by the County Clerk-Recorder’s office.

Initiative to Ban all new OIL wells in SLO County

 

Shout out for the truth and nothing but the truth so help us god.

And yes, yes, yes, SLO County is going to be fracking and toxic waste dumping FREE. We got everything we need to win. We have each other AND we got the law inside and out on our side this time around. Don’t watch this happen be the happening.  Love you all to infinity and back.

 

 

JEAN’NE

Newsletter #71- What happens when elected officials don’t do their job?  What are we going to do about it?

Newsletter #71- What happens when elected officials don’t do their job? What are we going to do about it?


Happy Valentine’s Day 2018

​Love Rules-

How do I love thee let me count the ways? The sun, the moon, the stars, the water, the air, the forest and trees, the birds and the bees, fish in the sea. Home sweet home.  I am in love with nature.

New York City residents gave their Mayor Bill de Blasio a Great Big Valentine for filing a lawsuit against 5 major oil companies. Maybe next year we will be able to do something like that.  In the mean time we have some officials we need to rock their world because they are not doing their job we are not proud of them and that is just not o.k.  We deserve better.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY DIDN’T DO THEIR JOB and failed to RESPOND TO over 300 COMPLAINTS  OF SEXUAL ABUSE FILED BY GYMNASTS AND THE ABUSE FLOURISHED UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF OFFICIALS.  Over 300 complaints. Over 300 request to be heard denied by officials exercising with knowledge and intent – a betrayal of a sacred trust to protect.   What happens when officials don’t do their job? Wrongdoing goes unpunished.  Basic fundamental rights guaranteed all persons is abandoned and irreversible and irreparable damage is imposed on innocent people.  That is not going to happen here.
What happens when officials don’t do their job? People die.

Driller in Oklahoma Explosion Has History of Deadly Accidents, Safety Violations and workers complaints go unheeded and 11 die because OSHA and regulatory agencies ignored complaints.

In Richmond California when Chevron ignored 3700 violations and DOGGR failed to act on the violations  15,000 people where sickened and hospitalized when the refinery exploded and sent toxic flumes in every direction for miles.

Chevron ignored a decade of warnings before Richmond refinery …

The Safety Board … said Chevron did not act upon six recommendations over 10 years to increase inspection and replace the line at its Richmond, California, refinery with upgraded pipe.

 

Refugio. Aliso Canyon. Guadalupe a 30 year cover up of the largest oil spill in CA history.
 

The oil industry in California is self regulated. That means any spills, accidents or rule violations that threaten their bottom line and profitability is automatically ignored and goes unreported. The oil industry has a history of lying and violating industry standards and practices. That’s why these things happen and innocent people are left unprotected and totally at the mercy of unscrupulous, careless, heartless, ruthless, antisocial, antibeing things that we created.  Corporate beings are a figment of our greed and selfish behavior. This is not o.k. This is unacceptable. This has to change.

Oil industry has failed to comply with rules and regulations and just dares an understaffed, underfunded regulatory agency to catch them if they can.  No respect for rules and regulations. Common courtesy.   And it is really of little or no consequence if they are caught red handed because the penalty for violations is fixed into the cost of doing business and subsided by the American taxpayers.  Oil doesn’t care that lives are ruined and destroyed nor do some  elected officials we entrusted to keep us safe.   The hardship, heartache, disruption of lives and livelihood could all be avoided if officials did their job and responded to and enforced violations and followed up on complaints filed by workers, whistleblowers and victims.  It is our job to make sure they are doing their jobs.

What do you do when officials refuse to listen to their constituents?  We want to know why our Board of Supervisors is allowing an undocumented oil operation  to continue to dump toxic hazardous waste into the unincorporated areas of SLO County.  A complaint has been filed with the  EPA, DOGGR and Water Resource Control Board and petitions delivered to the Board of Supervisors to shut down the illegal wells in the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields.  The complaints have been ignored.

The oil fields have never been certified a safe toxic waste disposal site according to the Underground Injection Control program. Arroyo Grande Oil Fields  do not have a mandatory EPA registration # that certifies the toxic waste disposal site safe for 10,000 years or until the toxic ingredients are rendered inert whichever comes first.

The shut down is on our Board of Supervisors whose job it is to make sure the contractors are properly licensed and the site is an authorized and certified hazardous waste disposal site. Its simple. If it isn’t certified it doesn’t get a permit. It isn’t certified. It’s simple. No permit.

Our Board has for over 20 years been harboring, aiding and abetting illegal and unlawful activity. We have begged and pleaded with the Board to remove the threatening, abusive, invasive, assaulting element from our sacred place.  This is not rocket science. Show us the documentation from the EPA that the Oil Field is a certified hazardous waste disposal site or shut the place down as promised by DOGGR and EPA. And just to be clear. An exemption of an aquifer is not a license to dispose of hazardous waste. One does not preclude the other.  So to the Board of Supervisors I don’t know what you are waiting for but we are done waiting.  Shut down the illegal operation at the Arroyo Grande Oil Field or we will revoke your license to represent us.

 

A Freedom of Information request for the EPA registration # for the Arroyo Grande Oil has been filed with the EPA on  Feb. 6.  Records at the SLO Planning Dept. that should have the registration # on file if in fact the field is registered couldn’t find anything.
 

This is a classic example of failure of officials to do their job and to act on complaints.   NOT o.k.

 

It is o.k. if we say NO to stinky, smelly, dirty, ugly, sickening, intrusive, abusive, unwelcomed toxic disposal in our backyard. Hundreds of municipalities across the United States have honored and respected the peoples choice to not have ticking time bombs in their backyard.

The Mayor of New York is suing 5 major Oil companies for damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. It’s a climate change thing and they are make their case.  Kudos for New York. Our Attorney General has filed 21 lawsuits against President Trump for environmental violations. But will not enforce his own directive to shut down unlicensed wells.  We have sent 5 complaints to Attorney General Becerra to shut down the illegal wells that failed to meet the Feb. 15, 2017 deadline. He has failed to recognize our concerns.  Why?   And then there are those like our Board of Supervisors who have decided to go rogue and ignore our objections, our complaints of abuse of power and assault on our lives and livelihood.  This is NOT o.k.

And how do you say this is not o.k. in a tone and language our officials  can understand? We are declaring our sacred love and commitment to our homes, our children and the next generations.  We can and will make a legal declaration that is recognized and acknowledged in a court of law and where the abuse of power and assault by public officials is recognized, acknowledged and punished.

 

So that is what you do when officials don’t do their jobs. You let the courts do our talking for us in a language the officials can not ignore.

 

Do you want to see what happens when a community is summarily ignored by their elected officials and environmental agencies?

Thank you John

John Bolenbaugh of Kalamazoo Michigan is on a mission to prevent a deadly disaster that happened in their town from happening to anyone else. He has documented and answered the question what happens when officials don’t do their job?  Would like to invite everyone to come and see a documentary called The Big Oil Whistleblower on Tuesday Feb. 20,2018 at the SLO Library at 7pm.

 

The Big Oil Whistleblower is going to tell us what to expect from an oil company if they get their hands on our land and permits to drill and local officials let them.   All we have to do is listen, take what these good, honest hardworking, people are telling us to heart  to prevent an inevitable disaster in our own backyard.  These good people have nothing to gain by telling us their story and the truth and John is doing it at great risk to his own life and family.

They don’t have to share this with us but they care. They got screwed by the oil company, the government, the EPA, and all those government agencies that are suppose to be looking out for our safety health and well being.  If they knew then what they know now this would be a whole different story. We don’t have to repeat their mistakes. We can take care of business BEFORE it becomes a disaster.

 

Here is an excerpt from the show.

“Only about 30% of the oil spills are reported because they just say it is being maintenance. They profit from the oil spills.  They want the oil spills. For 5 years they knew there is a crack in it [pipeline] if they shut it down they would lose 8 million dollars a day so what they do is just squeeze out that revenue for 5 years until it does spill then that insurance company hires them to clean up their own mess…”

 

 And honestly it is not like we haven’t heard it before by Josh Fox, Calvin Tillman, Ray Kemble, Native Americans. The tale of the oil industry in America is as ugly as it gets and it always ends in a disaster.  Who are you going to believe? Come to the show and let’s make plans to deliver a petition or two.    And deliver an ultimatum or three.

 

and in the mean time……
 
Let DOGGR know you expect them to make good on their promise to shut down all the undocumented fugitive wells operating on their watch. Is DOGGR going to ignore the complaints again?  We are making our case. Ignoring us is NOT an option.
 

    DOGGR_Headquarters@conservation.ca.gov  Complaint form

Let the Attorney General know we know he can shut down those wells and we expect him to do it.  Have contacted him 5 times. All the responses were a form letter giving us the bums rush.  Making our case. Not o.k.

Xavier Becerra
Attorney General


https://oag.ca.gov/contact/general-comment-question-or-complaintform

And you can sign the  MoveOn petition to the Attorney General and Board of Supervisors. This was already delivered to the Attorney General who summarily dismissed it.  So we can do it again and it will be going to the Board of Supervisors as well.   We are making our case that our elected officials don’t listen to us and that is not o.k. Ignoring us is NOT an option.  Every refusal by our Board to ignore  our complaints  is satisfying a court prerequisite to prove we made the demand and it was ignored.

SHUT DOWN THOSE WELLS  sign the petition

Same goes for the Water Boards – let them know we are not o.k. with their nonchalant attitude of implementation of directives.

SWRCB.gov


info@waterboards.ca.gov

I contacted Toxic Substances Control letting them know we have concerns about the undocumented dumping of toxic waste in our backyard.  They got back to me and said this was all on DOGGR.

Department of Toxic Substances ControlDepartment of Toxic Substances Control


rao@dtsc.ca.gov

And you can give the Board of Supervisors one last official chance to do their job and shut down those illegal wells.  No responds is a refusal to respond.  Making our case.

John Peschong

Chair, 1st District Supervisor
(805) 781-4491

jpeschong@co.slo.ca.us.

Here is a sample letter I wrote to all of the above.

Why aren’t you enforcing the Feb 15, 2017 shut down deadline?  We want to know. The community of San Luis Obispo wants to know. Eleven of the 1650 wells were on that shut down deadline and we were relying on you to follow through and shut them down if they failed to meet the deadline. They failed to meet the deadline and you failed to enforce. We want to know why?  We will read your responses  at a public meeting and decide what our next step will be to insure our safety health and well being.  To date over $15 billion dollars is due and owning the taxpayers of California in penalties. Whose responsibility is it to collect on those penalties? We want to know.

We want an answer by Feb 19, 2018 and no response from you by that date will be regarded as a refusal to answer and reported as such. It will be regarded as an intent to ignore and disregard our complaint with full knowledge that that is your intent.

An exemption of an aquifer is not a license to dump hazardous toxic waste in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo. Any attempt to allow that activity will be regarded as a clear and present danger to our safety and well being and a breach of a sacred trust bestowed on our elected officials.

Thank you,

 

Come to the showing of the Big Oil Whistleblower on Tuesday  Feb. 20 at the SLO Public Library at 7pm. We will invite a response from the officials we have contacted. We will let you know what they did or did not say.

This film is about Enbridge oil. Seven years later and Enbridge is still in the news and Kalamazoo is still trying to get officials to listen. We are not going to let this happen to us. Flint Michigan still doesn’t have clean water. Puerto Rico is still struggling because officials are not listening.  We are vowing that the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields will not be permitted by our Board of Supervisors until it is certified by the EPA as a Class I waste disposal site.  And we are going to be going into drought mode again. And this time we are going to make sure that the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields are complying with emergency drought water allocations.  They got away with it last time but this time is going to be different.  That’s a promise.

The oil industry lies.

The oil industry has a long history of pushing forward recklessly in the pursuit of profit and then claiming ignorance when things go wrong, resulting in “unique” disasters.

After the deadly Bakken oil train disaster at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the industry assured the public that Bakken oil was safe and no different than other oils. That was wrong. That was a lie.

When the Sanchi was initially on fire The Washington Post reported that the Chinese government said that much of the oil “would probably evaporate in hours.” That was wrong. That was a lie.

And the oil industry continues to claim that diluted bitumen floats in water and is no different to clean up than other oils — despite the scientific and real world evidence showing this isn’t true.

Oil lies.  We absolutely must dump this crazy ass fossil fuel mentality and any SLO county supervisors that don’t see a problem with partnering up with unlicensed, untrustworthy contractors and wants to protect jobs that get people killed and destroys the entire landscape of this county. They are out of here by hook or crook.

Peschong must recuse himself because Phillips 66 has a pipeline at the field and Sentinel is a paid member of the Western States Petroleum Association a former employer of Peschong.

 

 

And,

 

We are partnering up with Food and Water Watch people who are  looking to promote, aid and assist local grassroots organizations  anyway they can. One way is getting signatures on petitions that they will send out to their network. A call to action to get people to a rally, BOS meeting , they are there.   Have sent them the petitions.  They are on it.

 

Also Climate Change Hawks is very impressed with our signature gathering for the take no oil money pledge that they are promoting all our local candidates and signers and giving them a shout out at conventions and on their network.  We have a lot of work to do and a lot of support and there is something for everyone to do.  The Victory party is going to be a humdinger because everyone  that worked on this is invited.  This little ripple is turning into a tidal wave. FORE.  Oh that’s golf. Never mind.
 

O.k. dear lovers of this place we call home and visitors that love coming here just one last thing for today.

 

A get well card for one of our Supervisors who is needing to know we care

Supervisor Hill

 

See you Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 SLO library 7pm



Much much love.