#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.


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


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


Time to kick ass


SLO Clean Water.org









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


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

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.




Oil Regulators Permitted Underground Injection Wells Before Assessing Water Pollution Threats


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.



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.


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.



Lawmakers grill state oil regulators on oversight failures

latimes.com|By Los Angeles Times

Newsletter #33 – Week in a nutshell the size of a coconut

Citizens in Denton, Texas arrested for defending their homes against toxic trespassers. Who should really be getting arrested here?

Then, Denton City Council drops the repeal of the Fracking Ban. Reading the comments of the citizen is very very encouraging. The council actually listened to the 4 hour public comments and decided to stand their ground and keep the ban. Another David and Goliath story and remembering always who won that battle.

And then this today http://bprisingtide.org/frack-free-fridays-june12/  BREAKING: This morning dozens of Denton residents surrounded the gates to Vantage Energy’s active fracking operation on Nail Road, demonstrating their long term commitment to defend their ordinance which bans fracking within city limits. In a weekly event dubbed “Frack Free Fridays,” community members will be amassing every Friday to maintain constant pressure on Vantage Energy and their nefarious role as the first fracking operator to violate Denton’s fracking ban.

They are ready to take on the world. They are not afraid. Real leaders. Real Heroes. City government backing them up 100%. That’s the way it should be.



SLO bans styrofoam

Maryland bans fracking http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/243625-maryland-bans-fracking

California Oil/Gas Official Resigns Amid Legal, Political Challenges

Natural Gas Intelligence (Richard Nemec)

Mark Nechodom, director of the California Department of Conservation (DOC), resigned suddenly Friday in the midst of increasing legal and political challenges alleging conspiracies and lack of oversight of the oil and natural gas industry.

What does this mean? It means the system is broken.
It means Brown, who appointed Nechodom, knows what is going on. It’s his job to know.
It means Brown is the top dog and the buck stops with him.
It means Brown’s deafening silence on the consequences of fracking and oil extraction is advocating the mercenary dumping of toxic wastes into our protected aquifers.
It means he is using his executive power to protect criminals that have a history of violating human and environmental laws and the laws of nature.
It means he is using the color of office to provide safe haven for environmental terrorist.

Executive power works both ways.
He could order an immediate moratorium on water use for oil extraction. But he is not.

Our Board of Supervisors could use their executive power to impose an immediate moratorium on water use for oil extraction to protect our aquifer from the illegal dumping that is happening right now in our backyard. But they are not.  I guess they would rather risk not doing anything rather than play it safe and shut it down.





Didn’t take the industry long to come up with an alternative plan did it? But Santa Barbara community is on this. Way to go neighbors. We owe you one!!!

The oil industry is already proposing a land swap with Mexico to get around offshore drilling leases.  They are incorrigible. Can not be trusted or believe anything they say. Ever.

And CAL POLY is in the News. It’s about their Master Plan and some Students for Agriculture have put up a web site for information and call to action. It is after all a land grant university right?


PG&E FAILS SAFETY TEST AGAIN (How many chances do they get for Pete’s sake)?


Over this past weekend, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace received a bulletin informing us that two spent fuel casks had been loaded improperly at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in Avila Beach, CA. Upon further inspection, we discovered that 19 of the 34 dry casks that have been loaded at the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) have been loaded IMPROPERLY.


What does this mean for those of us who live near the plant? For the past 15 years or so, PG&E has been using high-burnup fuel – fuel that burns longer in the reactor, and so is much hotter (both in temperature and radioactivity) than the “traditional” nuclear fuel. When high-burnup fuel comes out of the reactor core and is placed in the cooling pools, it needs to have space around it, and it must stay in the cooling pools for AT LEAST 7 years. Even after 7 years, it is hotter than other fuel. (PG&E has not revealed how many of the improperly loaded fuel rods were high-burnup.)


The fuel rods are supposed to be spaced far apart when they are loaded into the dry casks. Here’s where the problem lies: PG&E IMPROPERLY LOADED 19 OF THE 34 DRY CASKS AT DIABLO CANYON. Rather than spacing the fuel rods far apart, technicians loaded the fuel into the CENTER of the dry casks, which causes uneven heat distribution – NOT the distribution that the dry casks are designed for. In 56% of the dry casks now stored on a fragile, earthquake-prone coastline at Diablo Canyon, fuel loading has VIOLATED​ ​TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS.

The heat load caused by improperly loading fuel into dry casks can cause warping of​ the cask lid because of uneven heat distribution inside the cask. Warping can cause exacerbation of cracking around the bolt holes in the cask. If the bolt holes crack, the stainless steel cask (5/8” thick) can crack, the lid can become dislodged, and radiation can escape. If there is sufficient cracking, oxygen can permeate the cask, which has been vacuum-sealed with helium. If oxygen hits the zircaloy cladding on the fuel rods, they can spontaneously ignite, causing an uncontrolled​ ​release of radiation. If that happens, it would be a catastrophe of unprecedented proportion.

What has PG&E done about this? They’ve sharpened up their pencils and shown us that it’s all just “fine.” They report that the “total thermal load has not been exceeded.” No problem!


​ Never​ before in the history of US nuclear power has an operator so failed to follow technica​l specifications​​ for spent fuel loading​​. Technical specifications are the nuclear industry’s bible, and they are to be followed precisely. PG&E has CONSISTENTLY ​VIOLATED​ the clear ​instructions that ​they ​​are ordered to adhere to.



San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace calls for immediate additional NRC oversight in the form of two additional inspectors at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant for at least the next two years.

We call for a public NRC investigation into the root cause of the  problem.

We call for the immediate inspection of all 34 dry casks to look for cracking, warping and escape of radiation into the environment.

And we call for the immediate shutdown of the plant until the problem has been fully and completely corrected.  (I added the bold print).

And on that same note if you haven’t signed AND shared the petition to The SLO County Board of Supervisors DEMANDING  an IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON NON-ESSENTIAL STORED WATER USE FOR OIL EXTRACTION

please do. Anyone can sign. It’s about the water.  There is just so much water and oil to go around. Nature isn’t making anymore of either of these things and we are running out of both.

So, the question really becomes, if you had to make a choice today and your life depended on making the right choice, which would you choose? A gallon of water or a glass of oil?  You can’t have both. Its either or for the simply reason oil and water don’t mix. It takes 10 gallons of fresh water to pull up one gallon of oil that leaves behind 10 gallons of toxic waste water. So that is what this moratorium is all about.  A choice. Water or Oil. It’s pretty simple.

I sent a hard copy to Pope Francis and asked if he would like to sign it. (He tweets but he doesn’t do emails.) Sent a self addressed envelope to the Board of Supervisors and included postage.  This Pope seems to be the kind of leader you can trust and is not afraid to speak truth to power. No harm in asking right?

o.k. Folks. Hang in there. Things are about to change in a big way. And if we play our cards right and stick together like glue it will be a Big change for the better.

p.s. Grand Jury report out. No mention of the complaint against the Board of Supervisors. That says a lot doesn’t it?  And now we know how that works.  A learning process. It’s all good.

Newsletter #29 Lot of Good News

Obama vetoes Keystone XL. This is certainly a step in the right direction towards a brighter, safer future. And perhaps has thrown the oil industry a little off its game thinking they had this pipeline thing in the bag. Lord knows they spent enough money buying up votes. I guess they hadn’t taken into account the human factor and people power. It helped that Obama was listening and had the courage to do the right thing by the people.

We can expect that the oil industry will do whatever it takes to move that oil, if not below the ground then above. Either way, above or below the risk factors are the same and the answer is still no.

Mesa Refinery Watch is the local group here opposing the expansion of the Nipomo spur to accommodate the above the ground Canadian tar sands oil. And the thing is the San Luis Obispo county destination is pivotal to all the communities in California where these oil trains will be passing through at the rate of 20,800 cars a year.

Without a destination point they have no reason to come here. Communities all along the route are contacting our Board of Supervisors.

San Jose wrote our Board of Supervisors calling on them to deny the expansion. City of Davis sent 15,000 letters and emails to the SLO BOS. San Luis Obispo City Council called on the Board of Supervisors to consider the safety and well being of all inhabitants within their jurisdiction and to make that the deciding factor.

And the Council also appealed to Cal Poly President Armstrong to send a letter to the Board on behalf of the Cal Poly community which is well within the ‘blast zone’. Cal Poly students are also collecting signatures from students, professors, faculty calling on President Armstrong to appeal to the Board of Supervisors to do the right thing and keep this community safe and sound. Maybe Alumni would like to speak up about these trains passing within feet of a packed stadium on game night or parents of students housed within feet of the tracks.


I think SLO City Council showed real leadership and despite any other issue you may or may not have with the Council this one deserves a letter of appreciation. emailcouncil@slocity.org Letting our governing Boards know when they do the right thing might encourage them to continue to seek this kind of approval.

Community Strategy Meeting on the threat of oil trains in San Luis Obispo.


When: Wednesday, March 4th 7-9pm

Where: SLO Library 995 Palm Street

RSVP: kbaker@endangeredearth.org



A tie for First


Governor Brown received a

Legal Petition Urges Gov. Brown to Impose Emergency Fracking Moratorium After
Oil Waste Illegally Dumped Into California Aquifers

150 Community, Environmental and Health Groups Press Governor for Urgent Action Amid Revelations of Aquifer Contamination, Benzene in Fracking Wastewater

Filed under the Administrative Procedure Act. He has 30 days to respond. Courts do not take kindly to being ignored so we can expect an answer. Maybe this is what our Board of Supervisors needs to get their attention and prompt a response to the 89,000 people that are calling for an ban on exempted oil companies that refuse to comply with the Clean Air, Clean Water and Clean Drinking Water Act, Community Right-To-Know Act and the mother of all exemptions Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 which was created to specifically guarantee cradle to grave oversight and enforcement of all hazardous waste. With exemptions in place we have zero protection from and accountability of hazardous waste.

And let’s not forget the documented cases and testimony from the health community, doctors and nurses, speaking to the health issues caused by chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects and used with impunity by exempted oil drilling operations.

Our governing Board seems uninterested in the health and safety issues of Fracking willing to leave the matter to be decided by the Department of Oil, Gas, Geothermal Resources and a flawed new law, SB4.

Even though DOGGR, has admitted they are under staffed, lack funding resources and can not monitor the industry properly to insure our safety, health and well being. Still our Board puts all their trust in them with a wait and see what happens agenda.

The EPA is threatening to seize control of the states regulating of the waste-injection wells, (which is exactly what the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields are permitted to do and asking to expand the practice 3 fold) a job it turned over to California officials because the EPA admitted they didn’t have the resources to monitor and enforce the Clean Drinking Water Act, so it exempted the oil industry to avoid scrunity and turned the job over to the States in 1983.

The State dropped the ball from the get go and now 30 years later the EPA is forced to take a look at the program because of persistent and numerous complaints from ranchers and farmers of contaminated State water resources. No surprise really that the investigation showed there was no program in place, no records of monitoring because there was no monitoring and now it is a big bureaucratic nightmare unraveling years of everyone following the leader doing highly skilled duck and cover maneuvers.


The facts are the water is contaminated and toxic to all living things. The EPA gives orders to fix it. And there’s the crux of the matter. How do you bring something back to life once it has been lethally injected? You don’t because you can’t. Prognosis: You have to live with it as best you can. What does that mean? Don’t use the water. And the substitute for water is?

So, here we are in a very unique position of deciding our destiny. We have before us an historical accounting of events with a beginning, middle and end. We can see how this story of public trust water ends and decide right now if we want to change the ending or let history repeat itself.

Changing the ending to insure our water is safe and to prevent lethal contamination is to prohibit exempted entities from using our limited, non renewable groundwater and aquifers as a vehicle for removing toxic embedded fossil fuels cohabiting with latent radioactive and other hazardous materials.

So, what is our Board of Supervisors going to do? We have asked repeatedly for an affirmation of their commitment to maintaining and providing a safe, healthy, livable and economically prosperous community. The have repeatedly declined to commit.

Real leadership takes courage, integrity and is not afraid to do the right thing.


SLO Clean Water is on this legal petition calling on Gov. Brown to affirm his leadership role. And this petition was filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and comes on the heels of the largest anti fracking gathering in history in Oakland on Feb. 7 in attendance a bus load of caring, concerned, committed and determined people taking a stand for a safe, healthy environment for generations to come. A very proud moment indeed.




The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to reclassify broadband as a utility — and ban slow lanes on the Internet!

The FCC passed net neutrality rules based on the strongest legal authority—Title II of the Telecommunications Act—to protect the internet from corporate privatization.
Reclassifying broadband wasn’t even on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s radar as recently as 9 months ago. As the Huffington Post just reported, “a few months ago, such rules were considered a pipe dream of net neutrality advocates.” This was a concerted effort by groups and individuals that surprised the heck out of the powers that be that thought they had this one in the bag too. Looks like we are redefining “the powers that be” and that would be us.




Report: Solar Is Cheaper Than the Grid in 42 of the 50 Largest US Cities

If Solar is cheaper, safer and we can make the switch today because of new businesses and technology right here in our own backyard then what’s the problem? The problem is if we switched to solar and put solar panels on every available already existing rooftop, parking structure, etc using a feed in tariff, we wouldn’t need to take up beautiful, pristine open spaces to plant these panels and we would have more energy than we know what to do with. Germany did it. And they have more energy than they know what to do with. Nice problem to have.

And do you know what kind of jobs this would create? Safer, cleaner, creative, innovative, jobs. The Sky is the limit. The panels need to be lighter. I’m sure if we put our minds to it we could make that happen.


Since Diablo only supplies 7% of the energy we need a smooth transition with a community choice energy program offering alternative sources from already existing wind, solar, thermal businesses offering wholesale prices. Community Choice Energy headed up by SLO Clean Energy has laid all the ground work for us to make this transition. Plans are on the SLO City Council’s desk just waiting for their approval. Moving ahead.

Marin County is enjoying 80% lower rates and 50% greener energy sources. Sonoma County in the works, Richmond in Costa County also distancing themselves from dead end fossil fuel energy sources and looking to a cleaner, brighter future. Just saying folks we have everything we need right here in our own backyard to keep this place golden. Solidarity is the key. We are all in this together.


Then there is the wind tree. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wind-trees-could-replace-controversial-giant-turbines-race-sustainable-energy-1477461 I would like to plant one of these at the Grange to light up the grange sign and it doesn’t need water or fertilizer.



Soiree at on Steynberg Gallery Sunday March 8

This is an opportunity to meet Ken Haggard who developed the Frieze and has given so generously of his time and talent to the Grange.

Soiree, Sunday, March 8 at Steynberg’s Gallery, 1531 Monterey
7/7:45 wine and cheese, 7:45/9 discuss

Ken Haggard, Solar architect Great example of being the change you want to see.

The Frieze at the SLO Grange Hall: “Architectural Arts Develops Aesthetics Institutional History with a Program for Renewal”

The soiree will be Ken Haggard speaking on the Frieze at the SLO Grange Hall. This talk will describe the use of architectural arts to focus on institutional history, mythology, and formalization of a process of renewal for this modern green grange.

Ken Haggard is a local green architect who, with Polly Cooper, operates the San Luis Sustainability Group. Ken is also author of several books on architectural theory, history of architecture of SLO County, and Passive Solar Architecture.

And finally,

Little piece in the Trib about  “How the word ‘fracking’ is used as a political scare tactic”

Response didn’t make it in the trib but did make the website. Could elaborate a little more too.



Happy March.






Jeanne Blackwell

SLO Clean Water.org
The safety of the people is the supreme law. Bacon’s Max. in Reg. 12; Broom’s Max. 1.  Prevention is better than cure. Co. Litt. 304.  “In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell.







Newsletter #23 Election and Fracking results

Denton, deep in the heart of Texas where Fracking began, took their town back and beat the oil companies to a pulp. That’s a first for Texas.  8 towns in Ohio passed mandates to limit and punish criminal fossil fuel extraction processes.

The worst ever Statewide ban on fracking in Ohio, California is a close second, prompted 8 local municipalities to take the law into their own hands and showed the State how to do it. They ban fracking in their communities. They are armed and ready. Let the lawsuits begin.


The People in Mendocino County washed their hands of greasy money and passed an ordinance that kept the frackers out of their county.


San Benito County residents heavily supported Measure J, overcoming the oil industry’s well-funded opposition campaign. They were up against  Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Occidental Petroleum and other oil giants writing checks, the opposition outspent Measure J supporters 15-1 during the campaign.


Money may be able to talk but we don’t have to listen.   People in San Benito showed how you can disarm and disable the noisy money machine. You just tune it out. Turn it off. Pull the plug. Nothing will bankrupt a money industry faster then people just refusing to buy whatever it is money is hyping.

Santa Barbara Measure P and the Water Guardians can stand tall and proud and hold their heads high. They held their ground and even though they could not plant the flag of victory either could the oil companies.  Oil companies didn’t win anything.  They were on the defense from the beginning and were only able to temporarily slow down a force that cannot be denied.

Have you ever noticed the oil companies don’t ever try to get a local ordinance passed to legalize fracking? They are always on the defense trying to stop it from being criminalized. I wonder why that is?  So, fracking is still not legal and the Water Guardians are still not going anywhere.

Santa Barbara is their home and standing guard and protecting their home front is more than the oil companies can say about what they are doing there.   There is no doubt in my mind who has more at stake and will prevail.

Does anyone really have to wonder about the intentions of an army of volunteers and the intentions of a gang of mercenaries?  This is a no brainer.  Volunteers do it for love and mercenaries do it for money. Money is fickle and cowardly and love is forever.  Now who do you think is going to win this war?

San Jose Mercury on San Benito win
Denton tx http://read.feedly.com/html?url=http%3A%2F%2Fdfw.cbslocal.com%2F2014%2F11%2F04%2Fdenton-voters-approve-proposal-to-ban-fracking%2F&theme=white&size=medium

Denton is just one more example where citizens tried to work with the local authorities and play by the rules and got hoodwinked and bamboozled every step of the way and finally said enough is enough and wrote their own ordinance.

These local ordinances prohibit rogue, belligerent, industries operating outside of the law, from setting up shop in the community.

Loopholes deliberately written into to the law are escape clauses for special interest providing them escape from prosecution and fiscal responsibility for damages. Loopholes are an ambiguity or inadequacy in the law or a set of rules. A local ordinance requiring the special interest to meet all the standards and requirements set forth in the laws would close up that loophole.

Oil and gas companies have refused to comply with The Safe Drinking Water Act, which protects above and underground water sources from toxic chemicals used during the oil extraction process.  Because of the loopholes if any water sources above or below the ground accidentally comes in contact with the toxic extraction fluids during drilling and there have been many documented cases of this happening, the rogue industry operating independent of the law, is not liable for any damages.  That’s a loophole.

A local ordinance prohibiting exempted fossil fuel extraction companies from operating within our jurisdiction is closing up the loophole.

Oil industry refuses to comply with The Clean Air Act that prohibits release of Hydrogen Sulfide and other known to be harmful chemicals into the air. Their refusal is condoned and sanctioned by the lead agency, in our case, the Board of Supervisors.

Loopholes make it impossible for a governing board to act to prevent and punish wrongdoing when there are no clear and concise lines of wrongdoing.  A local ordinance prohibiting any exempted fossil fuel extraction process​ from doing business within our jurisdiction closes up the loopholes.

Oil and gas industry refuses to comply with the Clean Water Act which leaves streams, rivers, surface water unprotected from sediment run-off, spills and leaks from well pads, pipelines, drill rigs, ponds, storage containers and other infrastructure. Their refusal to comply jeopardizes our sense of a safe and healthy environment and threatens the integrity and well being of our water supply.

A local ordinance that requires compliance with the Clean Water Act would close that loophole and insure our safety and well being.


Regulations serve no useful purpose in the prevention of accidents. Regulations do not make toxic chemicals safe. PG&E was in violation of 3,700 regulations at the time of San Bruno disaster. 8 people died and billions of dollars in damages. PG&E is denying culpability and responsibility. They can do that because of loopholes.

We are closing up the loopholes.  Grand Jury complaint form against the Board of Supervisors to follow this newsletter.

And just one more thing about this election and saving the best for last.  How fortunate and blessed we are that people with honor and integrity, power of their convictions choose to represent us?  Thank you Heidi Harmon. You did your community so proud. Your clarity, your demeanor, your class, style and substance so resonated and reverberated sincerity and trust.  Just what this country needs.  Abe Lincoln tried 8 times to get elected to Congress. Then he became President. 

Thank you Heidi and to your beautiful family for doing what needs doing and getting it done. Cheers and Kudos dear heart.