#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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow up to sign on pledge. Candidate for Governor, Delaine Eastin.

Got another signature tonight for the Oil money out pledge.  Delaine Eastin, candidate for Governor.  She is no moonbean.  She has a history of environmental activism and opposes fracking. Supports a Statewide ban. She has never taken any oil money and her whole campaign is Bernique style and totally grass roots.  She is real. Fearless. I asked her if as Governor would she enforce the Feb 15  shut down deadline  of those 1650 wells and she assured me that illegal wells would be shut down without hesitation. I gave her the petition to Attorney General Becerra for some background info.

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Did you email DOGGR about the aquifer exemption?
CALL THEM.
(661) 322-4031  Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.

Hi my name is ___________ and I live in San Luis Obispo County.  I am calling to say I do not approve of the aquifer exemption in San Luis Obispo.

1.    The site has not met any of the standards or legal criteria for a Class I or II waste disposal site according to UIC program.

2.    Injection of fluids begins only AFTER the EPA approves an aquifer exemption and an underground injection control permit is granted not the other way around.   ARROYO GRANDE OIL FIELD  HAS BEEN INJECTING TOXIC WASTE WITHOUT EPA APPROVAL FOR OVER 20 YEARS. THIS SITE IS IN VIOATION OF EPA rules

a) §264.11   Identification number.  AGOF has no such ID Number    b) 42 U.S. Code § 6921 – Identification and listing of hazardous waste

c)  § 144.11 Prohibition of unauthorized injection.    Any underground injection, except into a well authorized by rule or except as authorized by permit issued under the UIC program, is prohibited. The construction of any well required to have a permit is prohibited until the permit has been issued.  No authorization by rule has been issued.

d)  Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) to the RCRA  prohibites disposal unless the waste has been treated to become non-hazardous.  AGOF has not been so treated SO THE SITE DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR EXEMPTION STATUS.

                3.   And lastly the Arroyo Grande Oil Field is under a cease and desist order from your department’s  Feb 15, 2017 shut down of 1650  unregistered wells.  Eleven of those wells are at the AGOG and are illegally dumping toxic waste into the unincorporated areas. This site does not quality for exemption status  until it is properly registered and authorized by the EPA. it does not have legal standing under the UIC program. An exemption does not make it legal.  Shut down the illegal wells don’t approve them.

In conclusion: Because of the aforementioned inadequacies in the data I respectfully reject this supplemental information that fails to meet safety and health criteria under Federal Code of Regulation UIC program.

And further, I demand that the noticed shut down date of Feb. 15, 2017 issued by DOGGR is implemented immediately with fees and penalties in the amount of $12,375,000,000 owned  taxpayers is delivered upon demand. We do so demand.300 days times 1650 wells @$25,000 each = $12,375,000,000.

Thank-you

You still have time to email that also.  Do it NOW. EASY

OVER AND OUT FRIENDS.

Newsletter #54 -Vote of Confidence – Board of Supervisors – April 19, 2016

On March 22 the Proclamation Declaration to a Safe, Clean, Healthy Environment was delivered to SLO County Board of Supervisors on behalf of over 89,000 signatories painfully concerned about their safety and health.  Board Response time due on or before April 19.

Follow-up request was made to the Board on April 4 and 12. Acknowledgement of our request was met with deafening silence. No Board members motioned to respond.  Common courtesy absent.

Natalie Beller and Natalie Risner met with Adam Hill to reiterate the dire water concerns and the Proposed Arroyo Grande Oil Field Aquifer Exemption.  And although Adam declined to make a motion to vote on the Proclamation he did send a letter to David Albright U.S. EPA Region 9 Manager of the Drinking Water Protection Section, WTR-9  on behalf of those in his district concerned with the ongoing drought and regulations that can ensure greater safety of drinking water. He concluded with a request for a public meeting in SLO so that his constituents could interact with the USEPA decision makers on the issue.

Mr. Hill’s efforts are noted and appreciated.

I met with Mr. Mecham to request he sponsor the Proclamation by simply calling for a motion to vote on it. He declined.

And just to be fair the EPA and DOGGR right now are having more problems than a blind juggler in a hail storm.  Feds: EPA Fails to Protect Water From Oilfield Contamination

And to be honest it is a mystery if our Board of Supervisors is just unaware that until THEY say our aquifer can be used as a toxic waste dumping ground by approving the conditional use permit whatever DOGGR or the EPA says is of NO consequence OR if our Board is just using the EPA’s exemption ruling as a way of promoting some private agenda we are not privy to. We really don’t know. We want to know. And feel very confident we have a right to know.

What is very obvious is that there is a fair amount of conflicting and confusing information surrounding intent and purposes on this issue. And in the interest of clarity and to give the Board an opportunity to clear the air and set the record straight we have put forth the Proclamation Declaration.

It is a very simple straight forward document that puts everything out on the table without any bells or whistles. It is everything each Board member promised to do when they took their oath of office.

The Board has a lot on its plate and so do each and every one of us. Life can get jammed and jumbled. So, it is not an unreasonable request to insist we just take a time-out to reconnect with our basic fundamental principles. It is not unreasonable to insist for our own peace of mind and well being that we all take a deep breathe, ground ourselves, and move on from there.

I have no doubt other communities across this State at some point in time have also experienced this very same dilemma. It is not unusual. And how we are choosing to resolve this common dilemma is with a Proclamation and Declaration of our basic principles.

Come to the April 19 Board of Supervisors meeting at 9 am and avail the Board the opportunity to clear the air and set the record straight by bearing witness to their response to the Proclamation Declaration for a Safe, Clean, Healthy Environment.

If, in the event, the Board declines to acknowledge the request, then we will take that to mean they regard the request to be of no importance or consequence and an unnecessary waste of their time.

For most that response would raise serious doubts about the ability of a Board to be able to effectively and efficiently do their job and serve as leaders of a community they have formally dismissed as an inconvenience and waste of their time. The vote would take 30 seconds. They have had a month to talk about it.  No further delays would be appropriate.

But we cannot be sure what the Board will do until we put the offer before them for the last time on April 19.

A packed chamber will be hard to ignore. So, please let that reassure you that your presence is always vitally important, always makes a difference and always counts.

Just show up, support the speakers, be a speaker, fill out a request to speak #24, tell the Board you are there to hear their vote on the Proclamation or whatever is on your mind.

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Time: 9 am

Place: Board of Supervisors

Chambers 1055 Monterey SLO

Agenda Item: #24 Public comment.  http://agenda.slocounty.ca.gov/agenda/sanluisobispo/Meeting.html?single=1&mid=58

Please share because you care.

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors Proclamation and Declaration to a Safe, Clean, Healthy Environment.

This proclamation was presented to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on March 22, 2016 with a request to respond by April 19, 2016.

Because the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is being inundated with highly sensitive, life altering, excruciatingly complex permit applications from some of the most powerful industries in the world, oil and gas, while at the same time trying to deal with the mounting  drought emergency, co-mingled with managing day to day routine business the residents of San Luis are understandably experiencing some of the same information overload and exhaustion as our Board is.

With so much on their plates it is understandable that the Board may have moments where they are hopelessly conflicted therefore we feel that this basic proclamation will help clear the air and give us all a moment to reconnect with our roots and basic tenets as a community.

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PROCLAMATION AND DECLARATION TO A SAFE, CLEAN, HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT


The people
of San Luis Obispo County have a right to know if elected officials intend to uphold State and Federal unencumbered Constitutional Rights provided in the Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water and Resource Conservation and Recovery Acts and are entitled to the affirmation and declaration to regard any exemption, exception or immunities imposed by a third-party, to be an infringement upon your rights and in conflict with our sworn duty and responsibility to provide a safe, clean, healthy uncompromised living environment for all those living within our borders and boundaries.

Therefore, We, the undersigned, do hereby promise to refuse upon application any entity access and occupation of our resources that refuse, by way of exemptions, to provide all the proper and necessary documentation, authorization and certification by a certified independent third-party provider to be in strict unadulterated accordance with the Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water and Resource Conservation and Recovery Acts.

Further, We, the undersigned promise to protect and defend your rights without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that we will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which we have entered.

Be it resolved and ordered by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors the Proclamation and Declaration to a Safe, Clean, Healthy Environment on this ____ day of April 2016.

 

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

ABSTAINING:

The foregoing Proclamation Declaration is hereby ADOPTED:

Chairperson, Board of Supervisors

You can contact the Board and let them know you are keeping an eye on them and would like them to sign the Proclamation.  bbc yourself a copy.

bos finale proclamation

 

Frank Mecham<fmecham@co.slo.ca.us>

Bruce Gibson<bgibson@co.slo.ca.us>

Adam Hill<ahill@co.slo.ca.us>

Lynn Compton<lcompton@co.slo.ca.us>

Debbie Arnold<darnold@co.slo.ca.us>

 

 

Newsletter #53 Springing into Action

Learned something important at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, consent agendas are a rubber stamp item with no comments. They take about 1 minute each. Yikes.

I got there at 9:15, public comment was #15 and already in progress. Natalie B was the last speaker making a beautiful plea for the Love of Water on World Water Day.

 

I quickly filled out a form and handed it to the clerk, it was accepted and the Proclamation Declaration for a Clean, Safe, Healthy environment delivered on behalf of the over 89,000 petitioners, residents, Cal Poly and Cuesta students, farmers, businesses and 4 local municipalities calling for our Board to do their job and keep SLO Clean, Safe and Healthy is officially on the public record.

 

It is officially calling for a response on or before April 19, 2016. Now it begins.
Keeping SLO Clean-Safe and Healthy means refusing to approve any permits with EPA exemptions-from-all-Clean-Safe-and-Healthy-LAWS.

 

It just stands to reason.  If they are exempted they are not safe. If they are safe they would not need an exemption. Exempted means our rights to a Clean, Safe, Healthy environment has been excluded from EPA’s permitting process. And that may be good enough for the EPA but it is not good enough for us. And we must say so.
Doing their job means, on our behalf, the Board must refuse to allow any EPA exempted oil drilling operations to take place in our backyard. Simply put EPA standards do not meet our standards which are clearly defined in the Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water and Resource Conservation and Recovery Acts.

So, it is official. It is on the record. We requested a response on or before April 19, 2016.

Board of Supervisors does not meet on the 5th Tuesday.  So, anyone that can attend the B of S meeting the week of April 5, 12, and 19th @ 9 a.m. please do so. “Sign the proclamation, it’s the right thing to do.”

 

And if you can only make one meeting let it be the 19th. Because frankly, ignoring us, as they have done in the past, is no longer acceptable and we are there for their official answer. We are calling for them to make a motion to vote on the Proclamation then and there.

 

The Proclamation is simply a renewal of their vows, their oath of office, to uphold, protect and defend our rights and we have a right to know if they intend to honor that promise.

 

As a last resort you can email the Board. You can include articles, facts, documentation, data, studies that support your reasons for wanting the Board to refuse to accept the EPA’s exclusion of our rights in support of their exemption. An appeal to reason. An appeal to emotion. The Need to be safe is very emotional.

Emails are part of the public record and if need be can be subpoenaed by the court as evidence.  If we need to prove we did everything in our power to get the Board to respond to our needs and do their job the emails will do that as will public comment.

1.  Frank Mecham  fmecham@co.slo.ca.us

  • Bruce Gibson    bgibson@co.slo.ca.us
  • Adam Hill          ahill@co.slo.ca.us
  • Lynn Compton  lcompton@co.slo.ca.us
  • Debbie Arnold  darnold@co.slo.ca.us

  • I hope it does not come to that but we really cannot take a chance or tolerate disrespectful, belligerent behavior from our elected officials who refuse to acknowledge and recognize our concerns and needs. We have waited three years and that is long enough.

    While our efforts are local and deals directly with our officials there is also much going on at the State level dealing directly with DOGGR and EPA.

Groups want freeze on oil waste dumping into water reserves

I know this whole process is very disrupting, inconvenient and unsettling but is nothing compared to what will happen if we don’t do it and do it now. Because frankly people if we don’t stand up for ourselves it is for darn sure nobody else will.

So buck up and let’s get this done.   We are under siege.  Freeport is the first to go. Then oil trains then Diablo and then we are home free. At least until the next round which will be a lot easier because we will have trail blazed how to establish a respectful and congenial working relationship with our elected officials.

Mothers for Peace on constant vigil asking for us to call Senator Monning’s office. It’s easy. And the interns at Monning’s office are very pleasant and polite. So please…………

Contact Senator Monning and register your opposition to California SB 968

(916) 651-4017   http://sd17.senate.ca.gov/send-e-mail

30 organizations oppose this bill because it mandates an analysis of purportedly negative – but not positive – impacts of shutting down the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

Read more:

https://mothersforpeace.org/data/2016/2016-03-23-thirty-organizations-oppose-diablo-canyon-bill-sb-968

 

https://mothersforpeace.org/data/2016/2016-03-23-letter-to-california-committee-on-energy-in-opposition-to-sb-968-1

 

THANK YOU!!!
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In solidarity, peace and love
Always,

Jean’ne

jeannewater@gmail.com

SLO Clean Water.org

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Newsletter #32 Where is all the water going that we are conserving?

Quick update on the Rally in Santa Barbara yesterday.  Activist “owned Santa Barbara today.” http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-santa-barbara-county-oil-spill-20150524-story.html
Next,Just heard this on Pandora (actually my son heard it and passed it on).

City of San Luis is putting on a Water Forum at the Ludwig Center Thursday May 28 5pm-8pm Discussion  Water: Fact or Fiction @ 6:30.  There wasn’t a speaker agenda so don’t really know who is talking about what. I will have a couple of questions though. Maybe you do too.Where is all the water going that we are conserving? 20% cutback in home usage could add up to millions of gallons. Will that buy us some time? NASA reported we only have 10 months of stored water left.  20% saved could buy us a couple of months of water. And how exactly are we going to collect on all this saved water?

I would hate to think that I am saving this water for a rainy day and it ends up going to someone who didn’t save a drop. I am thinking new construction and worst yet our precious saved water is going to a non essential, secondary, industrial production like oil drilling that is asking for a 3 fold increase in its water usage.  And that leads to the bigger question what about the county and all the water in the unincorporated areas? I’ll get to that in a moment.

The other question is about the fines for wasting water $500? Who collects those fines and where does the money go?  General Fund? Water fund? Utility company? Maybe these questions will be answered. I hope so. Here’s the link for more info.
water forum
And remember Denton,Texas where Fracking first began and they just passed an ordinance to ban it?

Local ban nullified by state; fracking resumes in Denton

“As for the grass-roots fight in Denton against fracking, Frack Free Denton President Adam Briggle said that will continue.

We cannot say how this story will unfold, but we do know this dark chapter shall not be the last one written,” he said.”

Believe it or not this ruling is very helpful in the construct of our next move here in SLO county. But I am truly sorry to hear about Denton. We might send them some words of encouragement and support. We are all in this together so here’s a  Frack Free Denton link to let them know we care and are pulling for them.

Think our next move is a countywide moratorium on non essential water use for oil extraction. Non essential water use is defined as: water uses that are not essential nor required for the protection of public, health, safety, and welfare. Under this definition, irrigation of landscape areas, including parks, athletic fields, and golf courses, washing cars, washing down sidewalks, filling swimming pools, fountains are non essential use and restricted or moratoriums issued.

Some of these protocols have already been implemented in cities and counties across the State.  But there is one very blaring, critical omission on this list of non essential water use. Water used to extract oil.

Since there is no mention of water used to extract oil and in particular oil extraction that is exempt from the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts, we need to add that to the list of non essential water use and implement a moratorium on it.

Currently Freeport at the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields is extracting 384,600,000 gallons of fresh water that is used to extract a hazardous and toxic product, oil and the water used is then reclassified as a hazardous waste because it came in contact with benzene, radioactive isotopes, hydrogen sulfide, etc and poses a real threat to the safety, health and well being of all water. The threat is, this hazardous waste is re injected back into the ground where it can infect the essential ground water. And once the water is infected life gets very very difficult and not fun real fast.

The Board of Supervisors is the lead agency and has the final say on this issue of essential and non essential water use in the unincorporated areas of this county.  The final say –  a moratorium issued on non essential water use to extract oil within San Luis Obispo County.There is just so much water to go around, this is an emergency situation and it needs an emergency response.  A moratorium that plugs up a loophole and secures our water for essential use is an appropriate first response to an emergency.   And, it is not a ban on fracking or oil drilling. It is a moratorium on non essential water use. And, it is following the Gov.’s order to cutback and conserve water and to treat every drop like it was our last.

If you agree this is what needs to happen here sign the petition share it like crazy with friends, enemies, strangers and then wait to get the all-hands-on-deck call to the Board of Supervisors meeting to delivery it.Click here to add your name:

EMERGENCY MORATORIUM on non-essential stored water use for oil extraction

I will have the petition to sign at the premier showing of Split Estate  this Tuesday May 26, 7-9 pm at the Steynberg Gallery and also at the Community Water Forum on Thursday 5-8pm at the Ludwig center.
Hearing faints sounds from the fat lady in the wings tuning up.
Making memories on this Memorial Day 2015.
Best Always,