Fracking Bans on the Rise

Does this look at all familiar? It should.  The names may be different but this is almost text book SLO action. And look what it got them? We are on the right track folks. No two ways about it. The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game


Beverly Hills has a ban, Carson just voted to lift their moratorium and Hermosa Beach is considering lifting their ban on oil and gas drilling.  Many communities in California — including San Benito, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Carson and Butte — are fighting back against fracking.

Stop the bomb trains because they are on their way here if we don’t.


Quick update.

Went to Los Osos Community Service District meeting to ask them to join San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande calling on the Board of Supervisors to adopt a countywide ban on Fracking.

A group of  local and county residents respectfully submitted the request with valid and legitimate reasons why this was important. Banning the practice of using millions of gallons of water we don’t have and turning it into a toxic soup we can’t get rid of and that directly and adversely impacts all communities within the unincorporated areas was stressed.

We made it easy for them to join their peers with a simple letter drafted after the San Luis Obispo letter which would save staff time and there was no fiscal impact which always seems to be a matter for consideration before a decision can be made.The Los Osos decision makers however seemed a little disoriented and unsure of what exactly to do and the response was that they would need 2 months to deliberate on the request.

We thank them for their time and regret that they will not be included as a community in support of protecting, preserving and safe guarding their constituents from a process that will by hook or crook take our precious water and turn it into a lethal injection unless we do something to prevent that from happening right now.

We did what we could and that is all we can do. We move on.

Great news Announcement:  We have a coalition of Cal Poly and Cuesta students on the ban fracking ban-wagon and committed to joining our presentation to the Board on May 20th. It is just a joy to watch these young people in action. They are putting together a whole campaign in less than 3 weeks and their do it and get it done attitude is just positively refreshing.

They will be a force to be dealt with when they finally spread their wings and take flight.  It is a honor and sheer pleasure working with them.

And Please NOTE Board of Supervisors, 1055 Monterey, SLO, meeting on Tuesday May 20th is at 9 am in the morning. Not 6pm as previously announced.

Another announcement:  Cal Poly group Future Fuels is holding an annual expo to showcase student and industry projects dealing with sustainability on Saturday May 10th  from 11am to 3pm on the plaza outside of Building 192 on Cal Poly campus.

There will be a  live band, food, and hopefully a large turnout of students, faculty, and members of the community. SLO CLEAN WATER Action will be tabling information about fracking and gathering signatures for the BOS meetings with help from the newly formed  Students Against Fracking. YEA.  You can find us by just looking for the group with the White tees that Says San Luis Obispo County across the top. We got Tees. Thank you June C for the hook up.

And one bit of sad news I learned today when Eric Greening so admirably requested a moment of silence in honor of the passing of our Willow Walking Turtle Kelly. I am deeply saddened by this news as her spirit will be so missed but am also so joyful and happy that she is at home at last embraced, surrounded consumed by loving souls just like her. She is truly in a position of power now and I for one will not hesitate to call on her and her band of angels for wisdom and guidance from time to time. Love you Willow and thank you for being here and being part of lives.

Kicking this out in a hurry before it becomes a chapter rather than a verse.


Year of the Horse Starting off at a Full Gallop

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1) Monday
February 03, 2014 • 5:30 PM
County of SLO Courthouse across from Fremont• 1050 Monterey , San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Monday: Nationwide Vigils to Protest Keystone XL

Thank you Heidi for heading this up. Letting the Nation know local communities take the health and well being of their community very seriously is what a democracy is all about.

Tar Sands oil is a very dirty and very nasty type of oil.  It needs a lot of fixing up and refining before it is good for anything. Phillips 66 in Nipomo is a fixer upper site and has invited Tar Sands oil to their site for treatment.

Pipelines underground, Rail cars above ground. Its all the same. It is moving highly toxic, volatile, flammable, dangerous, potentially deadly and incredibly risky cargo right through our neighborhoods and farm lands without so much as a mother may I.

NO! STOP! KEEP OUT is the only sensible and reasonable response and that is what is happening Monday nite.

Thank goodness for locals in Nipomo “Derail the Rail” who are keeping a constant vigil on the happenings there.   Letter to the Editor New Times Jan. 30. Phillips 66 rail spur project garners a ‘substantial’ number of comments.

Note:   This happened. 75 people showed up and we got KSBY local news coverage at 5,6,10 and 11. Here’s the video.

2) Tuesday February 4

Slow Money SLO 2014 Kickoff!

 Feb 4th, 6 pm, SLO Grange.

Not to say money makes the world go around but it can sure help get the ball rolling. Since this is another local organization keeping things up close and personal and has very much to do with our food and local economy am passing this on. Tuesday February 4th at 6 pm at the SLO Grange, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. For information, please contact or go to:  Every community needs an organization like this in it.  Counting another one of our Blessings.

And Now, sandwiched right here in the middle, the best part of a sandwich right, An Announcement.
SLO Clean Water is very proud to announce it has acquired fiscal sponsorship and tax free status.

Now, all those who were just dying to donate monies to help promote this awesome, perpetually motivated, community driven, water loving,  potentially earthshaking (in a good way, of course) grassroots movement whose sole intent and purpose is dedicated to the passage of a rights-based ordinance that insures the preservation and protection of the community’s right to clean water, CAN.   And we have Ecologistics, whose roots are firmly and far reachingly planted in our community to thank for that.

Thank You Ecologistics.

  It now gives me great pleasure to say:

Donations by check can be mailed payable to Ecologistics, Inc. at 4349 Old Santa Fe Road #6, SLO, 93401 (memo on check:   SLO Clean Water Action).  Soon you will be able to make a donation online at  Monies will be invested in banners, posters, lawn signs, tee shirts, brochures, tabling  and presentation material and hosting events to get this ordinance on the books with the bragging rights that goes to the First County in the State to do it!

3) Friday February 28

Bob Banner is showing Water: The Great Mystery in Morro Bay  Click on link and watch the trailer

Location : Green Lotus
550 Morro Bay Blvd
Morro Bay, CA 93442  Map

SLO Clean Water is co-sponsoring what I can only describe as an extraordinary documentary about water.  I saw this for the first time about 4 years ago.   It is one of those films that just stays with you and quite changes you on both a conscience and sub conscience level. It is quite a trip.

Co-sponsoring means we also can be involved in the discussion and Q&A after.  Discussion will be with those that can give us first hand information and facts on what our water situation is in the county, water levels, sources, availability, short term and long term prognosis, water conservation tips and of course I will be talking about the elephant in the room, fracking.  Hope you can make it.

And Lastly,

Arroyo Grande group, ACWA ( help me Kevin with the translation, sorry)  have taken their first steps to getting their City Council to agree to write a letter calling on Board of Supervisors to agree to a countywide ban on Fracking. Here in Kevin’s own words:
“We were well received and at the end of the meeting Councilwoman Barneich proposed to her colleagues that our request for a letter to the SLO Board of Supervisors be put on a future agenda.  At this point I will contact the city manager to see when that will happen. Then, when we do get an agenda date we will want numerous people to speak to support the effort.” The SLO City Council letter will be presented as a recommended format. Still beaming.  Kevin did not want me getting too excited by this first step and to hold the applause until the fat lady sings but first steps are always the hardest and I think still deserve at the very lest short round of applause.

Still trying to get out the newsletter with updates just so much new stuff.  This could be a year of the stampede.

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Touching Base. Tying up Loose Ends. Bringing it Home.

First up
Here’s a 30 minute video made for public access television, to acquaint everyone with the basics about fracking in California, by Mainstreet Moms. <>  They keep it simple because it is.     It includes:
– what is fracking, with map and visuals
– the issues  water contamination and over-consumption
-the flaws in the proponents’ claims about jobs, economics and “bridge to renewables”
– actions you can take
SLO Clean Water is taking it all the way to the top with a rights based ordinance.

Second up

North County people we are having a meeting on January 6 with all the point persons from Morro Bay, AG and SLO.  At these meetings we  bring everybody up to date on what we doing, how we are doing it and what needs doing. We talk, problem solve and regroup. This would be a good meeting for all  North county people who want to get involved to come to.   Let me also extend the invitation to Nipomo, South County people too.  Time to pull it all together.   So here’s your chance to see what getting involved curtails. Meeting in SLO on January 6 @ 6pm. RSVP me if you want to come and I will send you a google map link of the location.

Third up

Want to know how we are going to prevent a disaster from happening here?  Here’s an MP3 of Tom Linzey answering questions about the whole community rights based thing to a group of citizens opposed to Fracking in Fort Collins.  Great overview. Be prepared to be unseated from your comfort zone if you are hearing this  concept for the first time. He covers a lot of territory and there is nothing like hearing it first hand right from the horse’s mouth to get a real feel and sense of what it is all about.  This is the first time I have downloaded an MP3. I know, I know. I am a dinosaur. it’s a miracle I have survived this long.  And this is the most recent interview on Occupy Radio December 18.   This is a must hear. Mini Democracy school.
And lastly,
This didn’t make it in the hardcopy but did make it online. Letters to the Editior New Times.  Response to Robert and Melanie’s letter in New Times  “Stop bickering, and fight fracking together,”  Dec. 5.

Happy New Year Folks. This year is going to be a biggie. We are going to have a countywide ordinance and a Statewide Ban on Fracking. How do I know this? It is the Year of the Horse.

2014 Horse Zodiac YearHorse is one of Chinese favorite animals. Horse provides a good and quick transportation for people before automobiles.  Horse can give people a ride to their destination (Frack free county). Therefore, horse is not only a symbol of traveling, but also a sign of speedy success. Hi Ho Silver!!!



Town Hall Meeting. Lets talk Fracking.

Town Hall Meeting


Topic:  Our WATER and Hydraulic Fracturing.

 Tuesday, April 16,, Grange Hall, Broad Street, San Luis Obispo.

Every thriving, prosperous community depends on a clean, uninterrupted supply of water for its livelihood. That’s a fact.

Every Hydraulic Fracturing operation depends on that same clean water supply for its livelihood. That’s a fact.

What will be disclosed and discussed are the facts presented by Doug Shields, former Pittsburgh City Council member, faced with the same dilemma of having to share their precious, limited, priceless, nonrenewable water resources with their new neighbor, Halliburton.

Anyone that uses water on a regular basis will want to come to this meeting to see what our future holds and what our options are. Answering questions, concerns is what this is all about.

California Rising Tour sponsored by Global Exchange and CELDF, supporting organizations Food and Water Watch, Center for Biological Diversity, David Suzuki Foundation, SLO County Transition Towns, Rootamental Brand.

Here’s the Agenda. It is a discussion panel format.

1. Fracturing Facts -Stephen Murray -Baldwin Hills Oil Watch supports a coalition of environmental groups and activists who have a wide range of concerns within and around the Inglewood Oil Field.
2. Sacred Water – Mother Earth. Hua Anwar- Metis Elder and Clan Mother sharing traditional knowledge and healing practices of the indigenous community.
3. Keynote speaker – Doug Shields former city council member of Pittsburgh City PA, first community in the United States to effectively  ban fracking with a rights-based ordinance. Everything you wanted to know about the effects of fracturing on a community before, during and after the fact. A look into our future.
4. Mladden Bandov of SLO Clean Energy to talk about local energy needs and options available with clean renewable resources that give communities more power, resiliency, control, and long-term electrical rate stability.

5. Ben Price of CELDF and Shannon Biggs of Global Exchange on what a local rights based ordinance looks like and what the long and short term effects are,  what to expect from the opposition and the best part, what the opposition can expect from us.

6. Jeanne Blackwell  SLO Clean Water Action- Wrap up and call to Action –

7. Question and Answer

Contact info:

Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange 415-575-5540

Jeanne Blackwell   805-783-2509