Newsletter #51- Spectacular 2016 year in the works

I hope you all enjoyed a well deserved, peaceful, restful, joyous holiday and are anxious and excited for all the wonders and adventures that await our embrace this New Year.

This promises to be the year that was.  We are in for the ride of our lives and it is going to take everything we got and everyone we know to make it spectacular!!!!!

The word is out this is the place to be this year. It is happening Big Time in SLO.

Activist super stars are coming from far and wide to join in making our impossible dreams a dream come true, to fight the unbeatable foe, to right the unrightable wrong, and reach that unreachable star.  Oh yea that is our quest and it is going to be a dazzling display with a few fireworks to be sure!!!!!

Things are going to be changing on a dime and we have to be able to react in unity and solidarity, like a school of barracudas with their PhD’s.  Every single issue coming up is a top priority and crucial for our future well being.
Starting us off

Could you host, put up fellow activist coming in from around California to help us stop the oil trains?

 

 

Hi friends,

I wanted to send out the form to sign up to host an oil train activist coming from out of town for the public hearings Feb 4 & 5. Please sign up if you think you can host & we will match you with

potential guests.
-Valerie

Center for Biological Diversity

Oil Train Campaign coordinator

 

#2 ​Stopping the Oil Trains dead in their tracks.  Everything you need to know

 

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1013739535350812/

The hearing will take place Thursday, February 4th and Friday, Feb 5th. Doors open at 8 A.M. Board of Supervisors Chambers 1055 Monterey St, both days and it is crucial that individuals who want to speak arrive as early as possible. There will also be a rally held on Thursday Feb 4th at 12 P.M. (Noon).

Sign up to speak even if you don’t plan on speaking. They may put a time limit on speakers who need more than a minute to get their point across. You can give them your minute because you are there and have a minute to give.

This is a modern day San Luis Obispo version of the running of bulls http://www.bullrunpamplona.com/ If ever you wanted to run with Bulls this is your golden opportunity. We are going to corral that iron horse and it is going to be spectacular!!!   Spectacular seems the optimal word.

 

OIL TRAIN HEARING
FEBRUARY 4 & 5 (thurs. & fri.)
1055 Monterey St
Board of Supervisors chamber

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

#3​ and just in

 

Developers are trying to horn in on the California Coastal Commission and make it theirs by getting Dr. Lester fired.     Need everyone to do all of the following and pass this around to at least ten people. Or if you belong to a group or organization with a list pass it off to them and that counts as your ten.  Our precious coastline, marine

sanctuary, allowing offshore drilling is on the line. Dr. Lester needs to stay and developers need to go away. Here’s the story http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-0124-lopez-coastal-commission-20160124-column.html  Do all of the following.

The Commission has set up a specific email account to receive comment.

Send an email letter today to the California Coastal Commission, Attention Chair Steve Kinsey, at this address: StatusOfExecutiveDirector@coastal.ca.gov  You can enclose an 8 x 10 glossy photo (or digital facsimile) of our spectacular Coastline.  They will get the picture – worth a 1,000 words.

— Share your love of the coast, and why it’s important to protect public access, sensitive habitats and marine resources, and scenic view sheds

— Commend Dr. Lester for his courage to demand a public hearing allowing the public to weigh in on this shameful attempt to fire him

— Commend the entire staff at the Coastal Commission for their tireless dedication and public service under difficult conditions

— Tell the Commission to stop this baseless power grab for developers and get busy protecting our coast instead

Attend the hearing and lend your support!
10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10
Inn at Morro Bay
60 State Park Road
Morro Bay, CA

Petitions being circulated: Sign them.
http://petitions.moveon.org/…/dont-terminate-ca-coastal…

https://secured.surfrider.org/action/engagement…

 

Sign the petition: Don’t Terminate CA Coastal Commission Executive…

petitions.moveon.org

 

And finally latest on
The Arroyo Grande Oil Fields. Freeport McMoRan.

 

It is no secret oil prices are at their lowest point in 13 years $27 a barrel and the market is in turmoil. Freeport purchased the Arroyo Grande Oil in its hay day when oil was at $110 a barrel.  They were going to make a killing, shares were @ $60.

That ship has sailed and is sinking like a rock with shares now at @ $4.  Freeport is looking to abandon ship. Sending out an SOS. Sell the Oil Fields Stat or go down with the ship.  Freeport filing for bankruptcy

 

They need to unload the Oil fields. Asking price. 4-5 billion dollars. Just one little minor detail. This property is worthless without a permit to drill for oil. Even then it is going to be a hard sell because oil is never going to see $100 or $80 or $70 a barrel again in its lifetime.

It may turn out to be a fire sale even with a permit.  A permit will facilitate a sale and leave us trying to resuscitate a dead horse that breathed its last breath a million years ago and maintain a billion plus gallons of toxic waste sitting on an active fault line.

Unless, we demand that the hemorrhaging of our natural resources and lethal injection of toxic waste into our backyard stops right now.  The contamination has to stop now before we become the next Flint, Michigan.

Oil drilling is never going to be safe or economically viable to this community ever again. It is nothing but a source of constant anxiety, fear and threat to our safety, health and well being.

Currently, Freeport is operating without an agreement or permit or license yet they are still extracting our water, using our back yard as a toxic waste dump and releasing toxins into the air.  Why?  Operating without a permit is illegal. So why are they still drilling and dumping?

It appears, strangely enough, the only reasonable explanation why they are still drilling and dumping is because no body has told them to stop. No records indicating they have been served a cease and desist order or warned they are in violation of an expired permit.

​We can and will remedy that oversight.

Now that we know the problem we can concentrate all our energies on the solution and that is exactly what we are doing.

 

The solution is in the works and exciting updates forthcoming.  We have waited 3 long years to get to this critical point of departure and we are closer than we have ever been. Legal solutions are always the best and most binding. The cosmos are conspiring to shower us with everything we need. Stay tuned.

 

Recap

Host an activtist form to sign up to host an oil train activist

 

OIL TRAIN HEARING
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. FEBRUARY 4 & 5 (thurs. & fri.)
1055 Monterey St
Board of Supervisors chamber

 

California Coastal Commission hearing
10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, FEBRUARY 10
Inn at Morro Bay
60 State Park Road
Morro Bay, CA

 

Thank you all.

It is happening and it is spectacular!​

Correction: Public comment format

Would like to thank Eric Greening for clarifying the public comment formats coming up on both the oil train and coastal commission hearings. It is as always very accurate and helpful. Didn’t know about getting a number so you can figure out when you are going to get called. I am going to cut and paste the information.  Thank you Eric.

1. The oil train hearings will not allow people to donate time to each other, but each speaker WILL be given 3 minutes if the person needs it; that is the word from the chair as of yesterday’s PC meeting.  The 3 minutes will be strictly enforced, so if you are partway through an amazing sentence when the red light shines, you may not get to finish that sentence.  Speaker signups will begin at 8:00 am the 4th, and speakers will get a number showing where in the lineup one is.  This can help those who need to get back to work until it is getting to where their name will be called.  No matter when one signs up to speak, there is likely to be a significant interval between signup and being called forward.  The first speakers may get called as early as 11:00 or 11:30, or perhaps not until the afternoon session at 1:30.  At 9:00, when the meeting starts, there will be a staff presentation (which is worth listening to; staff did their homework on this!!), followed by Commission questions of staff.  Then the applicant will make a presentation, and may get more questions from the Commission.

The first “public” speakers are to be representatives of jurisdictions and agencies: mayors, other public officials from locations near and far, first responders from jurisdictions near and far, the Council of Governments, the Air Pollution Control District, possibly a railroad or two.  These folks have been told to be available between 10:45 and noon, and they may take up the entire period, or it may open to general public before lunch; that depends on how many of them there are, and on whether the Commission has questions for them. (I wouldn’t be surprised if they had questions for emergency responders.) Then, before or after lunch, the public speakers with numbers will be called in order, each allowed three minutes, but encouraged to use less if their comments are a repeat of what someone else said. (Better to say: “I share the concerns of so-and-so about such-and-such.”)

The Coastal Commission hearing on the 10th is another matter.  There, it is quite possible that each speaker will be allowed only one minute, but at the Coastal Commission, unlike the Planning Commission, it is possible for someone to donate time to someone else, as long as both people are present when the transaction is made.  Murgatroyd Aigletinger, perhaps, would step forward, and say: Archibald and Reginald Skeezix have each donated me a minute.” At that point, the chair will ask Archie and Reggie to identify themselves, and only if they are present, have filed speaker slips, and confirm their status as donators will Murgatroyd get three minutes.

 

 

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Could the Porter Ranch Blow-out happen in San Luis Obispo? Is the Pope Catholic?

How Methane Gas Turned California’s Porter Ranch into a Ghost town.

Here is  a sneak preview into the future of San Luis Obispo County if our Board of Supervisors gives into Freeport McMoRan.  It is all here in this article by Newsweek. http://www.newsweek.com/porter-ranch-california-methane-gas-leak-crisis-412807  


How Methane Gas Turned California’s Porter Ranch into a Ghost town.

 

The Arroyo Grande Oil Field is using the same agencies, the same regulations, the same arguments, the same insane reasoning to get our Board of Supervisors to give them permission to dump/store their own personally manufactured toxic, lethal waste byproducts into an unsecured, highly vulnerable underground holding area in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County.

If the Board of Supervisors is so inclined to accommodate this activity, and they look like they are despite all the evidence of the unintended consequences unfolding before our eyes, then they need a wake up call.

It must be so comforting and reassuring for some to know that what would otherwise be regarded as criminal activity on par with the manufacture of an underground meth lab with all the hazards, risks, threats of explosions, fire and spills can nonetheless be granted a pre-pardon from any wrongdoing by our Board of Supervisors who seem shamefully more afraid of offending Jubba the Hutt of the energy empire then keeping their promise to those that elected them to serve and protect.

 

Then there are the rest of us that need something more concrete from the Board that shows when push comes to shove they will make the right decision for the right reasons.

 

This is an election year. Three Board seats are up for grabs.

 

Incumbents of which there are two, Arnold and Hill, apparently can’t campaign or tell us where they stand on any issues currently pending before this board and there are enough issues to make your head spin, oil fields, oil trains, toxic sludge on prime A agricultural land, making it all but impossible to judge character and intent. They are all over the map. But never mind, campaign promises tend to be a little flaky at best – easily made – easily broken.

 

So, I think it would behoove us to get something in writing from this Board. Something that would hold up in court if need be. Something that would prove beyond a reasonable doubt who these Board members intend to protect and serve now and in the future.

 

We believe the essential ingredients necessary to secure our safety, health and prosperity in this community is an uninterrupted, consistent and constant supply of clean air, fresh water and fertile soil and we regard inordinate and fugitive amounts of toxic, lethal, chemicals and hazardous waste, manufactured in house or in transit to be a clear and present threat and danger to our health, safety and wellbeing.

 

So, we invite this sitting Board of Supervisors to join us in solidarity and as a declaration of our shared values and worth by calling for:
1) an immediate emergency moratorium/ban on all fresh water extraction in the unincorporated areas of SLO county subject to State and County emergency drought mandates currently in effect, and;

 

2) call for an emergency moratorium on water extraction used exclusively to manufacture toxic waste that contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and a variety of chronic ailments, including bloody noses, headaches, vomiting, rashes, asthma, respiratory and neurological disorders, and;

 

3) the issuance of an emergency prohibition on injection and storage of manufactured hazardous waste and hazardous waste byproducts into subterranean areas that are not in strict accordance with standards set forth in The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

 

This is a very simple, clear, concise and straightforward document that just needs a simple yay or nay from each individual Board member. In which case upon delivery of the emergency moratorium to the Board we will require their response and implementation at the next regularly scheduled BoS meeting. Emergency means act now not later.

 

An emergency moratorium/ban is well within the purview and discretionary powers of this Board. By the same token all that it takes to remove the moratorium/ban is enforcement of the existing laws that guarantee our safety, health and wellbeing.

 

This moratorium/ban is an invitation for the Board to join us and share in building a safe, peaceful, prosperous community we can proudly pass onto the next generation.

 

A community free from the fear of accidents, explosions, fires, chemical spills that threatens primary life forms in our rivers, streams, groundwater and growing fields, free from the fear of suffocating, sickening air our babies must breathe and to avoid at all cost everything that the Porter Ranch community is experiencing right now.

 

We invite the Board to think and share in our mindset of preventing a disaster rather than in how to sustain, mitigate and survive it.

 

By simply removing the cause is all that is needed to prevent immitigable effects from occurring. This moratorium/ban is that preventive measure that proves beyond a reasonable doubt who we can trust to do the right thing for all the right reasons.

 

Porter Ranch residents are now desperately begging and pleading with all the powers that be to help them restore their lives and livelihood to pre-accident conditions, to conditions free of the threat of accidents. Trying to put the genie back in the bottle.

 

We sincerely hope our Board realizes we have no intention of being the next Porter Ranch disaster and we will secure our future investments by insuring, at all costs, our greatest assets, the air, sea, land and water are protected and guaranteed free of predictable and preventable threats to our safety, health and wellbeing.

 

 

Round 2 – Are earthquakes an environmental issue?

PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING ON FREEPORT MCMORAN’S EXPIRED PERMIT. Thurs. NOV. 12 Last ITEM # 9. After 1:30 p.m. Email comments to the planning commission http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/planning/PlanningContactUs.htm? Make sure and include date and item # in the subject line. Be there if you can!!!

Environmental coordinator is maintaining nothing has changed in 10 years and is recommending approval of the permit. Hummmm…. I beg to differ.

What about the earthquake factor? Could an earthquake compromise the integrity of that ‘impermeable bowl’ that is housing billions of gallons of hazardous waste? That is the question before the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission Nov. 12. We can only hope they will make the right decision knowing that…

There were 132 earthquakes of 1.3- 3.3 magnitude in San Luis Obispo last year. A 3.3 earthquake in Atascardero on Oct. 29th. Was a stress test conducted at the Arroyo Grande Oil field on Price Canyon after that earthquake? Is there any monitoring system set up to measure what is happening sub surface? Can it be verified that there were no changes to the sub surface and the contents therein?

We are talking about billions of gallons of toxic wastewater sloshing around underground that is going to escape to the point of least resistance in an instance. That is just physics 101.

Earthquakes—Rattling the Earth’s Plumbing System http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs-096-03/

Where is that point of departure? Where is that toxic water going and when? There are only 2 possible answers to that question. One answer is “I don’t know” and grounds for denial. Grounds for approval granted upon receipt of documented evidence of ‘imperameability.”

We know the Arroyo Grande Oil Field is made up of a fractured, layered, unmapped, uncharted formation. We also know we are subject to copycat earthquakes that can affect a 600 mile radius.
Earthquakes often happen when two tectonic plates that have been pressed together suddenly slip. But we’ve seen that major earthquakes like 1992’s Landers earthquake in California can also send out waves that spark copycat quakes 600 away, even though the waves get weaker as they travel.

This map shows we are right in the middle of where 2 tectonic plates meet. Hello. This is ground zero. And earthquakes in Baja, Mexico, Oregon, Arizona and at least 300 miles out in ring of fire territory can resonate right here in our own back yard.

 

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According to computer models, even weak waves at the right frequency could be enough to start a new quake by vibrating that grist into a more slippery, liquid-like layer. This is about frequency. You know that Tesla thing that can bring buildings down with the single ching of a tuning fork. Frequencies that can melt rock.

Liquid-like layer is liquefaction. Liquefaction is a phenomenon in which the strength and stiffness of a soil is reduced by earthquake shaking or other rapid loading.

Liquefaction and related phenomena have been responsible for tremendous amounts of damage in historical earthquakes around the world. We are sitting on top of prime liquefaction real estate.

And other related phenomenon is when the rock melts beneath an aquifer and then you get sinkholes. We have all the ingredients for both. Blows ‘impermeable’ right out of the water.

http://www.nbcnews.com/…/gateway-hell-sinkholes-open-across…

The conclusion that this cone-like bowl is ‘impermeable’ does not hold water. As much as we would like to think we can out jargon Mother Nature’s capabilities I do believe the proof is in the pudding and permeability is in fact inevitable for the very simple fact that earthquakes are inevitable.

Earthquakes can pretty much render anything permeable and they do.

They are a force of nature beyond our control. And they can be devastating in their own right. But little ones like the 1.3 to 3.3 that seem to occur on a regular basis are not much to be concerned about and certainly are not life threatening unless you have billions of gallons of underground toxic waste looking for an escape route. Then all of sudden we have a little earthquake that becomes life threatening because of a condition we created of our own doing and that was totally preventable.

Always when this happens we are shocked and shunned that we miscalculated and allowing billions of gallons of toxic water to be disposed of in close proximity to certifiable, indisputable safe drinking water sources becomes an oh oops moment. Oh well, there’s plenty more where that came from. Oh wait, no there isn’t. This is it.

Water is non-renewable and limited. Kind of like the oil thing. Except for a couple of minor little details. Life depends on water. Without it life ceases to exist and the by-product is death and then you get oil. Dead fossils.

We can bring dead fossils back to life and create a quasi state of being with fossil fuels but we can’t make water.

We can use it, abuse it, waste it, contaminate it, kill it, manage it, regulate it, but we can’t make it. There is no quasi substitute for water. This is it. WHYSIWYG. And no matter how alarming or scary that thought is, it is the truth. There is just so much water to go around and wasting it is now regarded as a crime.

So on that note, In order to grant the extension to continue to dump toxic waste subsurface this commission I hope is prepared to show us that the fossil fuel god or its proxy, Freeport McMoRan, can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their impermeable bowl is earthquake proof with 8×10 glossy photos or data approved by the California Council on Science and Technology.

And, I certainly hope that this planning commission realizes that they will indeed be held responsible for their decision and they take into account what constitutes reckless disregard of facts and calculated risk.

Taking time off from work to be there.

This is important.

If  you can’t be at the meeting write your comments to

http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/planning/PlanningContactUs.htm?

Put:  SLO PLANNING HEARING NOV. 12 ITEM #9 in the subject line.

 

Newsletter #46 Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Talking points for the Freeport Hearing Oct 22, 2014

TALKING POINTS

Here is the email address if anyone is unable to attend. planning@co.slo.ca.us Email it no later than Tuesday.

In the subject box
ATTENTION: HEARING OCT 22 AGENDA ITEM #14 FREEPORT MCMORAN.

The issue is:

“Arroyo Grande Oil fields Continued hearing to consider a request by FREEPORT-MCMORAN OIL & GAS for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to amend the previous CUP to extend the amount of time allowed to drill previously approved Phase IV oil wells (D010386D). This request would extend the current limit for an additional 3 years to install these previous approved wells (approximately 31 wells not yet installed). The project is located at 1821 Price Canyon Road (San Luis Obispo) on the east and west sides of Price Canyon Road, approximately 2.7 miles north of the City of Pismo Beach, in the South County planning area (San Luis Bay Inland sub area South). The Environmental Coordinator found that the previously certified Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) is adequate for the purposes of compliance with CEQA . CONTINUED FROM 9/10/2015.”

The points we need to make is that in fact the 10-year-old FEIR is NOT ADEQUATE. Personal experiences are always good too. Covers all the bases.

Some talking points. 1) We have them dead to rights on a flawed FEIR 10 years ago. 2) There was not a  emergency drought mandate in effect 10 years ago 3) Earthquakes were not considered 4) subsidence not mentioned. 5) Injecting billions of gallons of toxic waste into a protected aquifer is an ongoing illegal and unlawful activity in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

1) The United States EPA called DOGGR’s handling of the Underground Injection Program ‘Shocking.” Translation. There wasn’t one. No Underground Injection Control program in place at the time of the FEIR 10 years ago. It would appear this whole operation is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water and an illegal operation. Deny it.

Wells must meet standards and spec for re injection of waste water set by the yet to be implemented UIC program. DOGGR screwed up but that does not diminish the fact that it is still illegal and unlawful.

Underground Injection Control program was not addressed in the 2004 FEIR and predates the Energy Policy of 2005 which means the FEIR for PXP was in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2004 and still is. http://www.latimes.com/…/la-me-lawmakers-grill-oil-regulato… Deny it.

All the wells currently in production are doing so in violation of the law. What should really be happening here is a cease and desist order. An immediate moratorium on all illegal drilling operations at the AGOF.

The 2004 FEIR predates the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and violates all the laws on Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resources Conservation and Recovery Act, The National Environmental Policy Act and the Community Right to Know Act that were exempted by the unlawful “Halliburton Loophole”. So NO the old FEIR is not adequate. Yes it should be denied.

http://www.desmogblog.com/…/not-hundreds-thousands-oil-indu…

http://www.latimes.com/…/la-me-lawmakers-grill-oil-regulato…

http://www.latimes.com/…/la-me-oil-report-health-20151009-s…

Oil Regulators Permitted Underground Injection Wells Before Assessing Water Pollution Threats

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/…/oil-waste-10-08-2015.h…

2) Earthquakes are a big deal and not addressed in the original EIR. Here are a couple of articles that could help educate the commissioners and Board members.

http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs-096-03/

https://www.newscientist.com/…/dn28200-how-earthquakes-can…/

The California Council on Science and Technology’s EIR mandated by SB4 reported that the technology needed to accurately track, monitor, measure, subsurface activity to include earthquakes and re injected toxic waste water is at least 3 years down the road. Anything submitted about underground activity at this point in time is only a guessamation and does not qualify as accurate valid scientific data.

DOGGR relies entirely on data and reports on well and field operations from the operators. Self-regulating is how DOGGR works. For DOGGR to rely on information from an industry that has a history of violations, inadequate data and reporting procedures in no way satisfies DOGGR’s criteria to “prevent pollution, protect the environment and ensure public safety.”

DOGGR is understaffed and underfunded solely at the discretion of Governor Brown and he has made sure they cannot adequately perform their duties and prevent pollution and protect the environment. He just appointed an oiloyalists as the new executive director of DOGGR.
3) EIR report requires findings on subsistence. PXP’s FEIR does not address that issue. However, San Luis Obispo has a history of subsidence. Article below of 1987 case of subsidence in SLO.

http://grist.org/…/what-will-happen-to-a-sinking-californi…/

4) New DOGGR rules regulating and upgrading cement casings specs and waste disposal of toxic walnut shells and filters also absent from the outdated and outmoded EIR. Cement casings fail on average of 50% within the first year. New specs need to be enforced.

And just in case anyone is wondering who invented fracking, it was Halliburton as a way of getting rid of nuclear waste. So let us be clear here that when we are talking about re injecting toxic waste, enhanced and unconventional well stimulation that uses high-pressure steam injection of toxic waste underground we are talking fracking. http://www.wakingtimes.com/…/fracking-used-to-inject-nucle…/

And, this way of hiding toxic waste and avoiding scrutiny has worked for them for over 50 years. Time we wise up. It wasn’t safe then, it isn’t safe now and it will never be safe no matter how many exemptions they get.

5) California emergency drought mandates 25% cutback on non-essential water use. NASA reports California has 5 months of stored water left, that includes groundwater. San Luis Obispo County is under D4 restrictions. It is the highest Federal rating. We are hurting.

Freeport McMoRan’s non-essential water use will increase by 300% or over 1.5 billion gallons a year which also means an increase in their toxic waste disposal production which is going directly into a protected aquifer that is totally vulnerable to earthquakes and subsistence and any disturbance of the sub surface terrain could send billions of gallons of toxic waste water to undisclosed, unpredictable locations in an instant. Order the fields shut down.

The right to first refusal is still in our hands. We can refuse to allow the fossil fuel industry to force their exemptions and will on us by refusing to let them harvest our resources and use our precious water.

We have a different set of values and what is important to us is not important to them. So, No we will not waive our rights to clean air and water so they can dominate and capture our natural resources purely for their own personal enrichment.

NO is the new yes. At least 16 other countries, 3 other states, 5 counties and 13 municipalities in California have just said NO to fracking and won their freedom from all the deadly entrapment’s that are the Hallmark of the fossil fuel industry. YES.

This is the first in a series of hearings before the planning commission makes their final recommendation to deny or approve the whole, sorted, stinky, ugly, smelly, putrefied expansion to the Board of Supervisors.

Email response today. Please do it today or you will forget.

Always,
Jean’ne.

 

Lawmakers grill state oil regulators on oversight failures

latimes.com|By Los Angeles Times

Newsletter #44 -If anyone is keeping score chalk this one up in the plus column

Re: County Board of Supervisor’s vote to partner up Santa Barbara and Ventura county to do a feasibility study on Community Choice Energy the vote was 3-2 in favor of the study.

Hill – Gibson – Mecham -Yes
Compton- Arnold – No
“Four years ago a handful of community minded leaders came together to educate our political leaders about Community Choice Energy. Today, the County Board passed a resolution to Explore this powerful tool. Thank you everyone that has offered a kind word or encouragement and came out to support this vision. It has helped sustain the hope that made today’s vote possible. We are creating a beautiful future for SLO County.” Scott Mann.

To SLO Clean Energy that has kept this issue alive and well for 4 long years thank you, thank you, thank you.  Power of loving, caring people rules!!!!!  👏👏  Let them know.

 

And it seems there are 3 Board of Supervisors that fall into that category this time around and deserve a hearty thank you too. Credit where credit is due.  Let them know we really appreciate it when they do the right thing and we are keeping score. 🙂

 

Supervisor Frank Mecham (District 1)
fmecham@co.slo.ca.us

Supervisor Bruce Gibson (District 2)
bgibson@co.slo.ca.us

Supervisor Adam Hill (District 3)
ahill@co.slo.ca.us

Supervisor Lynn Compton (District 4)
lcompton@co.slo.ca.us

Supervisor Debbie Arnold (District 5)
darnold@co.slo.ca.us

 

Next up is the Planning Department’s hearing on Oct 22nd to extend an expired 10-year-old conditional use permit on 31 outdated, outmoded, oil wells at the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields.

 

Our letters and input made a difference and the planning department is taking another look at the issues we raised.  We are going to make it very easy for them to do the right thing.
It’s simple. This is all about keeping our water, air and living environment safe.   So, until and when the applicant, Freeport McMoRan, can produce all the proper and necessary certified documentation signed, sealed and delivered to the Planning Dept. with an official stamp from the agency in charge of issuing certification that officially recognizes the Freeport project meets all the health and safety standards set by the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, The Safe Drinking Water Act and the California Constitution Article 10 section 2, the project is denied.  It’s just that simple.

Official is a driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, death certificate, health certificate, liquor license, notice to appear, we all  know what official looks like.  Have seen nothing that looks even remotely official as to meeting safety and health standards.  It’s just that simple. Officially certified as safe.

Permission to extract limited scarce water from the local protected aquifer and dispose of the toxic, hazardous, known to cause cancer, by-product into the ground is denied.  It’s just that simple.
Did you know our Board of Supervisors, planning Dept  approved SLO County as an official toxic waste disposal site?   Me either.  I don’t think we are. So,  until  those documents  can be produce  permit to dump toxic waste  into our back yard is denied.   It’s just that simple.

And just for the record this community reserves the right to refuse to do business with any entity that refuses to meet all the State and Federal Health and Safety standards set by law in the Clean Air, Water and the Safe Drinking Water Acts and California State Constitution Article 10 section 2.  It’s just that simple.

Another local group of residents that are adjacent to and have been and are being directly impacted by the activities at the Freeport facility are organizing and speaking out. We are joining together and speaking as one. We all want safe.

And finally,

I had occasion to attend a Stop the Frack Attack workshop and rally in Denver Colorado over the week-end. We stopped off at the Halliburton headquarters to deliver a message.  The message is:  We are done with you Halliburton. You stink. We don’t want your smelly, stinky, ugly, dirty, noisy, sickening, toxic, dangerous oil drilling rigs in our back yard any more. We want something better. We deserve something better. We have something better. It’s clean and safe.  Hello Sun and  Wind.  Good-bye dead and putrefied.  It’s over Halliburton. You are a waste of space.  No more for you.

I can’t tell you how good that felt.

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Will get talking points off to you all in the next couple of days.

upward on onward.
Always,
Jean’ne

Newsletter #42 – Good Day in the Neighborhood

Aquifer Exemption Hearing.

About 40 people at the Rally.

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About 100 at the hearing. Press coverage.

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Heidi spokesperson always good.

 

Comments inside just amazing. Covered the whole spectrum of concerns. Homeowners with horror stories and concern for their water. Facts and stats from Maya and Ash from the Center for Biological Diversity let DOGGR know exemptions don’t make it safe or legal. Sierra Club about the earthquake factor no one else seems to be addressing and just blows holes in the “it is safe” rhetoric. Andrew from Clean Water Action getting DOGGR to extend comment time. Our neighbors to the south, Becca and Janet troupe from Santa Barbara showed up for support. Thank you, thank you.

Supervisor Hill there letting DOGGR know the Board of Supervisors does not appreciate the lack of communications and information. Way to go Adam.

No one was buying DOGGR and Freeport’s take on the situation.

There was a stenographer there recording every word we said for the record. I didn’t know they still did stenography.

I think the rubber stamping of this project just got waylaid. Not going to be as easy as they thought. There were points made that need addressing and can’t be ignored.

Here are some news clips. http://www.ksby.com/…/public-meeting-on-proposed-arroyo-gra…

http://www.keyt.com/news/big-turnout-for-oil-field-aquifer-exemption-hearing/35407102

Grover Beach City Council packed the house too protesting the Oil Train spur. We are on this SLO!

If you didn’t get a chance to submit comments  on exemption still time.  Email:  comments@conservation.ca.gov  ATTN: San Luis Obispo HEARING 09-21-2015

Two things I noticed you might comment on. 1) The earthquake issue. What is faster than a speeding bullet? Can level tall buildings in a single bound? An earthquake. We know there are 3 faults on the  ARRoyo Grande property. We don’t need any seismic testing to prove this fact. One fault line is all it takes to compromise their ‘safe, impermeable bowl shaped aquifer theory”

We also know for a fact that there is no instrumentation and technology now that can accurately measure what is going on  sub surface to detect, track, record, nooks and crannies, fissures, lesions, holes, weaknesses that could occur and compromise the integrity of the aquifer and in particular when there is any kind of earth movement which can happen any time.

California  Council on Science and Technology testified that that technology is at least 3 years down the road. In the meantime there is over a 1.5 billion gallons of toxic waste gurgling underground just waiting to make a break at the first chance it gets. And where it goes no body knows. A 2.0 earthquake could do it. High Pressure steam injection could do it.

And, one more thing. What is the complaint process if this ‘can’t fail’ ‘fail safe’ plan fails? There is no formal, official, legally binding complaint process for the citizenry to file when an  accident, spill, noxious smells, dumping, explosion, noise, funny tasting water, blinding lights, whatever happens. NONE.

There never has been any clearly defined official, must-respond-and-investigate complaint mechanism in place for the oil drilling process.  Without it, ever complaint filed is immediately tossed into the find-the-regulation-and-agency-responsible, file.

No body knows who is in charge of complaints not even the agencies in charge  and there are over 3,000 of them for water issues alone in California.  To compound the PROBLEM, determining if it is a local, state or Federal issue can lead to years of searching and filing complaints that lead nowhere. Case in point. West Adams in LA has been 10 years playing this game trying to get someone, anyone to address water, air and soil contamination of their neighborhood by drilling rigs in their backyard.

We need to know, we have a right to know, how to file an formal, official complaint and a set time for the response and resolution. Otherwise the only solution is the individual takes a shot in the dark agency or company to court and that is cost prohibitive and can also take years.

So we need a mechanism built into the regulatory agency in charge of approving and permitting oil drilling operations that has a clear, concise, formal, official complaint form readily and easily accessible to every person.

Solution: Must insist this complaint process is in place and functional before they approve anything.

Next event, October. 22, Planning commission continuance meeting on extending 31 wells  conditional use permit for 3 years.   Can send emails to planning commission if you can’t make the meeting for public comment.  It made a difference last time.

We are winning.  We showed up and that is what it takes. And with a little help from our friends will put us over the top!!!