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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Newsletter # 22 Pinkwashing and How do you get elected officials to listen to you?

First, please read, sign and share. This is appalling. Fracking chemicals are linked to breast cancer. Last year, Komen raised more than $250 million, but Baker Hughes only had to spend $100,000 to persuade Komen to help it pinkwash fracking’s toxic impact on women’s health.

Then, California Orders Immediate shut down of Fracking Waste Water injection Sites. It’s about time!!!!!http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/fracking-10-06-2014.html

Contaminated ground water and water supplies where fracking takes place  is inevitable.
I immediately forwarded that information onto  each of the Supervisors as well as WRAC and the Health Commission and also the local media, Tribune, New Times, Cal Coast news, SLO City News. Got zip in response.

I reminded the Board that we are entitled to a response to the over 5,000 petitioners calling on the Board for a countywide ban on fracking for the very reasons mentioned in the above report. Its about the Water.  I also reminded them we are entitled to a timely response and it has been 5 months.Therefore, we expect a response to our petitions by no later than the end of this month’s business agenda. Any further delays will be regarded as an intent to dismiss, ignore or disregard our petitions and a dereliction of their duty.

Our concerns calling for a countywide ban on unconventional, enhanced drilling of fossil fuels, fracking, are about the safety, health and well being of this community now and in the future. Unconventional drilling is directly related to this report about contaminated aquifers, man made earthquakes from drilling operations and sickening air pollution. The Board has all the evidence and reasons they need to support  a countywide ban on  fracking.

The Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Oct 14,  Agenda item #5, Presentation of current drought conditions, related management actions, and response plans did not have a single mention of the communities concern about preventing the wasting of over 8 billion gallons of water at the Arroyo Grande oil fields.

Our petitions calling for an immediate countywide ban on the toxification of billions of gallons of fresh water seems to be of no consequence to the Board.Since the Board of Supervisors is the Lead Agency in the Arroyo Grande Oil field operation and if the project is approved by the Board, this means that if there is a citizen complaint about any irregularities, spills, noise, water, air, traffic, earthquake damage, deaths, they must take their complaints to the Board of Supervisors.

In which case the Board has full discretion on how to process the complaints.  They could, if they wanted to, ignore ,delay, dismiss the complaints. It’s their choice. They could handle the complaints in the same manner they are handling our petitions.  Case in point, West Adams LA were citizens have been complaining to their ‘lead agency’ about health issues involving the Freeport drilling operations in their neighborhood for 10 years.  http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/01/14/west-adams-neighbors-come-together-to-oppose-the-drillers-next-door/  When a community is dealing with hostile officials unresponsive to the needs of their constituents these kinds of delays can be life threatening.

I am of the opinion that as voters, taxpayers, signatories we deserve an answer in a timely manner to our call for a countywide ban. In the interest of saving staff time a draft resolution  was submitted for their consideration.  Attached. Also being ignored by the Board.Would anyone like to join in filing a class action citizen’s complaint with the Grand Jury against the Board of Supervisors calling for an immediate response to the resolution calling for an  countywide ban on fracking?

The primary function of the grand jury is to examine all aspects of local government, ensuring that the county is being governed honestly and efficiently and that county monies are being handled judiciously.

I think we can make a very strong case that our safety, health and the environmental well being of future generations  is totally dependent upon a fresh, clean, uninterrupted supply of water and fracking can not offer one single benefit to that end and the Board of Supervisors has a duty and responsibility to insure first and foremost the safety and health of the community. They can do all that by signing the resolution to ban fracking in SLO county. Making it very easy for the Board to do the right thing here.
DOGGR is in the process of taking public comment on its proposed fracking regulation which does not  include high pressure cyclic steam injection ( linked to earthquake  and the method of choice at the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields).Thousands of permit applications  to drill are expected.  I have some questions. How many additional people is DOGGR  going to hire to  process the applications and monitor the 1000’s of new wells? If DOGGR’s budget does not address the influx of applications that will need to be processed and manpower to monitor the new regulations the whole process is a sham and meaningless.  The only protection we are going to have against these kinds of inadequacies is an out and out ban. The oil industry has a history of dumping, spilling, violating regulations. PG&E was convicted of 3700 violations in the San Bruno disaster. Nuclear Regulatory Agency suppressing documents and reports on safety and health issues at Diablo. Why do you think that is?

Here is contact info if you would like to get your 2 cents in on the DOGGR regulations.

End of Comment Period on SB4 Revisions

Oct 24 8:00am-5:00pm

October 24th is the last day to comment on the 2nd revision of the proposed SB4 regulations on oil and gas well stimulations. Get your views heard while you can! Comments can be submitted by e-mail to DOGGRRegulations@conservation.ca.gov.

Wrapping it up.
Going to be at the Reskilling event at the Vets hall on Sunday Nov.9. I will have a complaint form for the Grand Jury there for you to sign. Isn’t this fun?  This is civics 101. Hands on. Learn by doing.  Please join me. The more the merrier.
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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. <http://youtu.be/cAHqfABUBPI>http://youtu.be/cAHqfABUBPI  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. http://alternative-radio.fetchapp.com/get/xifobe  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. http://occupythemedia.podomatic.com/entry/2013-12-21T00_40_37-08_00   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!!!

Cheers.

Jeanne

Taking it up a Notch

Delivered the Credo Mobilize petition with over a 1,000 signers to the City Council on Oct 15. It was met with reluctance but did get a response.
All the Council members agreed they do not want Fracking but they are slammed and suggested we come back with a formal request after the first of the year. Formal means get on the agenda.
Our request is for the SLO City Council, on behalf of the petitioners, residents, businesses, farmers, visitors, food community and students to recommend the Board of Supervisors adopt a countywide ban on Fracking.
Assistant Mayor, Kathy Smith, did say she would be open to writing a letter to the B of S. Took that as an open invitation and that is what we are working on now. Will make the letter presentation to the City Council BEFORE the end of the year.
Nice piece in the SLO City News. Am working on a correction to the gas reference. Sure I said oil.
Here is a report  Released by: Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. Fracking by the Numbers.
Notice California is NOT on this  list. We don’t what to be another statistic in this horror story.
 Offshore drilling nobody knew about this for over 2 decades. Oil companies violate the law all the time. They need 24 hour monitoring for regulations to be effective. Don’t give the oil industry permission to violate the law. Insure violations do not occur. Ever. Ban it.
Did a little tabling at the Cal Poly Soccer game against Davis last night host was 5R’s FC. Nice concept.
Here’s the tabling crew.  Heidi, yours truly, daughter Cassie (right) Anna and Carlos (from SLO Clean Energy) and Kevin.Inline image 1

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Neighbors to our left.  Thanks for the cookies Vickie.

O.k. that’s it for now folks. Get ready. We are looking to take this whole Ban Fracking thing up a notch. Everyone wanted a countywide ban from the start. Well, now we are going for it.   Need all the cities to agree to call on the Board of Supervisors to adopt a countywide ban on Fracking.  Are you ready to do this?  It is going to be at least 2 more years before California gets their act together. We can’t wait that long. We don’t have enough water or time.

Next step Bird Dog, means show up, at the San Luis Obispo City Council and respectfully state your position and ask the council  to write a letter calling on the  Board of Supervisors to adopt a countywide ban on Fracking.
The reason.  What happens in the unincorporated areas of this community happens to us all. Air and water do not know where the city limits begin and end. Fracking in the unincorporated areas will impact the surrounding municipalities.
The City Council holds regular meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 990 Palm Street.Call them 805-781-7114
Fracking has a history of contaminating the air and water. Has a history of spills, fires, explosions.  Fracking on faults lines causes earthquakes.
This is our air, our water, our land, our oil, our life. All we have to do to make sure it stays that way is show up. What is water worth?  2 hours of your time a month?  Now’s the time folks. We are not going to get a second chance here to say no.
p.s. There are petitions to sign. Chefs against Fracking, Students against Fracking, Farmers against Fracking and Countywide Ban on Fracking,  Ban Fracking in California. click here
Jeanne
“10 people that speak make more noise than 10,000 that are silent. ” Napoleon Bonaparte

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ABOLISH FRACKING IN SAN LUIS OBISPO
DECLARE RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER
Gas Extraction, Hydraulic Fracturing is here BIG TIME. We are sitting on the largest gas reserve in the United States, Monterey Shale. PXP, an independent oil and gas company primarily engaged in the activities of acquiring, developing, exploring and producing oil and gas is operating in San Luis Obispo.

Plains Exploration & Production -PXP- is currently contracted to build a water recycling plant in Arroyo Grande. PXP holds a 100% working interest in the Arroyo Grande Field located in the Santa Maria Basin in San Luis Obispo County, California. They have 350 permits in the works to dump unregulated toxics into the creeks and groundwater. Contamination of the groundwater is inevitable. Groundwater is the lifeblood of a community. There is no cure for Contamination. You can’t un poison a well.

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This is What Happened at Democracy School.

We held our democracy school this last week end with Shannon Biggs of Global Exchange and Ben Price of CELDF conducting the ceremonies. It was a celebration. In attendance 30 diverse, informed, caring, thoughtful, deeply committed, connected, loving persons.

For a few very special moments our lives and thoughts merged and things changed. We felt the ever so subtle movements of a butterfly flapping its wings.

A history of the rights of people and nature going back as far as 1066. It was only a 12 hour course, thank goodness, or Ben and Shannon would have taken us back to the beginning of time I am sure.

It didn’t take long into the course to see a well organized and methodical pattern of intent to create a system of control that would reign supreme over all the dominions on earth.

Sounds rather depressing doesn’t it? Well this is the really cool part and shows how knowledge translates into power. When you realize what you are up against and how it got to be the way it is and where it comes from that knowledge changes everything. It untangles a bunch of knots. That was no butterfly that was B-52.

I felt a real sense of empowerment. It’s all about Rights. My rights as a human being. Natures Rights. Rights can not be given or taken away. They can’t be brought, sold, traded, downsized, minimized or comprised. They are inalienable.

Whoa. If that is the case then why in the hell am I attending this Board of Supervisors meeting or Water quality control Board hearing and begging for my right to clean water? Why am I begging the Air Quality Control board for my right to clean air? Why am I begging the NRC to regulate the level of harm to all the marine life in a seismic testing zone? Why am I begging for mercy before a self appointed, dominion oriented control board to please don’t hurt me or my Mother so much or anymore? Why? Because I didn’t know then what I know today. And so it begins.

NO more begging. No more pleading. No more asking permission to be granted our inalienable rights and Rights of Nature. The next step, turning knowledge into power. The right to self govern is powerful stuff and we got all we need from the Declaration of Independence to make our Rights and the Rights of Mother Nature the supreme law of this land right here in our own backyard. It has already started.

Core group is forming to write a local ordinance. A law.

A law that duly ordains and establishes our Rights and the Rights of Nature as a legal premise on which we can apply a remedy when there is an infringement or violation. By giving Nature the legal status as our Benefactor we give ourselves legal standing as the beneficiary and Executor of Her Estate.  All the laws of Nature which we are duty bound to respect and honor take precedence over any man-made laws that would exercise a fictitious right as a right to infringe and violate. Nature has Rights and we are obligated as Her beneficiaries to protect and preserve those Rights and in so doing protect and preserve our Rights.

Love these life changing moments especially when you can wrap it all up in a week-end with good food and great company. Check Democracy School off my bucket list and put on the Rights of Nature and Right to Clean Water ordinance. ✔✔

Mission Statement

Our Mission

SLO Clean Water Action is an all volunteer community organization that is dedicated to the passage of a countywide ordinance that prohibits the chemical and toxic trespass upon our land, air and water by an oil extraction process called Hydraulic Fracturing.

Hydraulic Fracturing uses millions of gallons of  water we don’t have and instantaneous renders it a hazardous waste by the lethal injection of tons of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer.

It is our duty and responsibility to insure the safety, health and well being of residents, home owners, businesses and visitors totally dependent on a thriving life supporting eco system by imposing, without exception, a ban on the cryptic criminal practice of  Hydraulic fracturing.

We will do this by educating, legislating and litigating a ban.

We will initiate a petition, gather signatures and vote a prohibition into law.

We will join hundreds of other communities in California, other States, other countries that have also found it in their best interest and well being to prevent the threats of suffocating air emissions, earthquakes, contaminated ground water, explosions, fires and spills by taking the initiative to bar the practice in their communities.

We will not be deterred, threatened or intimidated on our quest to protect and preserve  our air, land and water for ourselves and all those that will inherent  the good earth we are willing them today.

You can join us today by signing one of the petitions above. You can sign up for the newsletter that will keep you updated on coming events and activities. You can donate your time, your efforts or dollars by clicking on the options to the right of this page. We welcome your participation. It is all important. It all counts and it will make a difference.

Thank you.

Jeanne Blackwell