NEWSLETTER #72 – A little bit of everything and then some

NEWSLETTER #72 – A little bit of everything and then some

FIRST

SECOND

BILL DENNEEN

I had occasion to contact Bill about an issue going on in Nipomo that I thought he could help clarify. I got this email back from David Georgi a close and trusted friend.

Bill is in a serious state of decline. He doesn’t use email or
phone any more. His caregivers neglect him. Several of his friends visit
him often and bring him food.    If you can, stop by and say hi.
Contact me if you want more info.

dgeorgi@outlook.com

BILL Deneen is a national treasure.  All you activists and Mother Earth Lovers know what a true champion and warrior for Nature Bill has been for all his life.​ This from the Tribune

Denneen, 92, has spent decades defending California’s coastline. On his 90th birthday in 2015, he was deemed “a national treasure” by then-Rep. Lois Capps at a birthday celebration attended by about 150 well-wishers. Supervisor Bruce Gibson called Denneen “the county’s environmental conscience,” and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian was among many others who lauded the honoree that day.

The environmental legend is known for his thick white beard and hair, piercing blue eyes, and his hiking boots and shorts, but especially for his self-proclaimed “eco-hooligan” status, vision, activism and accomplishments.

Denneen was a D-Day medic who moved to Nipomo in 1960 to teach biology at Santa Maria High School before switching to Allan Hancock College, where he worked for 25 years….  You can get the rest of the story here.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/article199681574.html#storylink=cpy

​I got back to David to see just how we could show this man how much we love and appreciate him and this is what I got back from David.

I brought Bill some clam chowder
and berries Friday. He wolfed the chowder, pausing to remark how his
neighbor makes better chowder. His hearing was problematic, as Patti
says, he needs to wear his aid. I mentioned that
we were planning a birthday celebration at the Nipomo Native Garden,
and he was pleased. Uncharacteristically, he gave me a hug when I left.
When I last visited with Carol, he hugged her but only gave me a fist
bump.

So, I know we are all busier than mud dabbing hornets and we are all truly blessed to know what is really important and of great significance in our lives. Honoring and embracing treasures that have made a difference in our lives is one of those priorities we would not let escape our attention. Bill needs to know how much we love and appreciate him.

Comfort food, visits, hugs, love letters are our way of saying thank you and we love you to a very deserving and precious soul.

Then I got this email from Virginia Souza.

Hi Jeanne,  I am taking over some food to share with Bill today.  Dave Georgi is going Friday.  I am going around 1 pm.
Patty takes him out for a drive on thursdays.  What do u think about
getting some other days filled in?  The “meals” should be very small and
easy to digest.  I am taking a broccoli cauliflower cream soup with
French bread and a carton of blueberries.  He does not like Spicy. The
idea is to get some visitors over there so he knows peoples  care. 

He is really hard of hearing but loves company.  His address is 1040 Cielo, Nipomo.  Virginia

Bill has lots of friends and we need to let him know just how many lives he has touched.

So Bill is going to be 93 on June 9th and a Birthday Party at Nipomo Native Gardens at noon is planned. Don’t wait till then. Do something now if you can.

I asked Virginia and David if we could use their emails to send Bill some thoughts and they said o.k. and would make sure he gets them.  Also, if you want to check in with them to see when a good time to visit is here is contact info.

 Virgina Souza<vps805@gmail.com>

David Georgi<dgeorgi@outlook.com>

 

So there you have it folks. Please share this information with all your contacts. You know Bill is known and loved by this whole community and we need to get this out to everyone.

Much much love all you beautiful people.

Group Hug.

 

THIRD

SHOUT OUTS

 

I want to give you a quick VICTORY results of the  Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) meeting today.

11 Favor – 2 No – vote to authorize IWMA staff to work on a County-wide ordinance.

The first reading is scheduled for Sept 12.

The nays are Pechong and Arnold.  

I was surprised (altho some aren’t surprised) that Compton voted Yay) because two years ago she personally told me she wouldn’t vote for this.  Is she counting votes?  

 Pechong kept pointing out a “fact” that there are 60 cities in CA that recycle Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) that he had received 36 letters opposing this ordinance.  

  Arnold flew all over the place with weird things she had read – one is that EPS is food-safe; and that her business owners had written letters of protest. 

There were about 12 speakers in favor; one representative from the Restaurant Association – but I don’t recall if she said “where” she was from.  Her comments were not based on facts, just on “affordability” to make the switch, and Foam is what will keep them in business.  

Thank you to all who came out and attended the meeting and stood up to speak; many who had sent in letters of support.  

It’s a VICTORY!

Janine Rands

Another Shout out – Can’t have too much good news right?



May 1 at 11:00am ·

TODAY IS THE DAY! Join us live from San Luis Obispo as we celebrate turning in 20,000 signatures collected by hundreds of volunteers across the county for official count by the County Clerk-Recorder’s office.

Initiative to Ban all new OIL wells in SLO County

 

Shout out for the truth and nothing but the truth so help us god.

And yes, yes, yes, SLO County is going to be fracking and toxic waste dumping FREE. We got everything we need to win. We have each other AND we got the law inside and out on our side this time around. Don’t watch this happen be the happening.  Love you all to infinity and back.

 

 

JEAN’NE

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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 #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.

 

 

Newsletter #31 Premier Showing Split Estate- Fracking updates – a quip or two

Premier showing in our area – Split Estate Documentary – Game Changer
Emmy GOOD PITCH wild scenic new visions Tunisia Vail docuweeks 

“’Split Estate’ is an eye-opening examination of the consequences and conflicts that can arise between surface land owners in the western United States, and those who own and extract the energy and mineral rights below.  This film is of value to anyone wrestling with rational, sustainable energy policy while preserving the priceless elements of cultural heritage, private enterprise above-ground, and the precious health not only of people but the land itself.”—Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico
Your Property rights – Mineral rights – Water rights – Right to know – Federal laws, State regulations, Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water – All trumped by a Loophole you could drive the State of Texas through.

This is the game plan. This is how it plays out. How it ends is totally up to us. Following the show – Local Fracking Update  – discussion – call to action.

TUESDAY MAY 26 – Steynberg Gallery- 7-9 pm $10

Here’s the trailer http://www.hopedance.org/events/eventdetail/973/-/split-estate-film-discussion-fracking?filter_reset=1

Aside from my morning coffee ritual I am not a very religious person.

But  I have to say this Pope Francis is talking my language.

Pope Francis has said global warming is “mostly” man-made and that humanity has a moral duty to stop it.
He had convened high -powered scientists, biologists, ethicists, etc to study for a number of years now.
His letter/encyclical instructing the faithful will be coming very soon.

See  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/13/1384442/-Pope-God-Will-Judge-Climate-Denialists?detail=email

NO OIL TRAINS IN SLO – RALLIES.

Contact: For CNA: Tom Dunne, 510-219-9615. For ForestEthics: Eddie Scher, 415-863-4563 x 314. General: Beth Kean, 510 261 5524

Nurses Join Teachers, Parents and Students to Voice Opposition to
Phillips 66 Oil Train Project at Upcoming Events

Registered nurses will join with parents and students for three days of events opposing the Phillips 66 Oil Train Project, which starts this Thursday by urging the Templeton School Board to oppose the controversial Phillips 66 proposal to add five additional rail shipments a week of dirty tar sands crude oil through the center of San Luis Obispo County to Phillips’ Santa Maria refinery.

What: Sierra Vista Registered Nurses rally at railroad crossing near hospital
When: Monday, May 18, 3 p.m.
Where: Railroad Crossing at Foothill Blvd (near California Blvd), SLO

What: Cal Poly Students rally at campus rail crossing
When: Tuesday, May 19, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Railroad Crossing at Foothill Blvd (near California Blvd), SLO

What: Parents and teachers rally outside Lucia Mar School Board meeting
When: Tuesday, May 19, 6:45pm (meeting at 7 p.m.)
Where: 602 Orchard St., Arroyo Grande

The city of San Luis Obispo last month became the first in the county to declare its opposition to the Phillips 66 project. Cities and schools boards in blast zone communities north and south of the county have also sent in letters opposing Phillip 66’s oil train project.

“It is only by chance that an oil train derailment has not yet occurred in the heart of a major city, causing a major inferno, or on the bank of a river, spreading thousands of gallons of tar sands crude oil through a watershed, doing permanent damage,” said Andrew Christie, Director of the local chapter of the Sierra Club.

Noting the train runs right next to the Cal Poly campus, Soroush Aboutalebi, Cal Poly Environmental Management and Protection major, said, “We want Cal Poly President Armstrong to oppose the oil trains because of the risk they pose to our university.”

The Final Environmental Impact Report on the Phillips 66 project is expected soon. After the Planning Commission votes on the project, the appeal is voted on by the Board of Supervisors, followed by an appeal to the California Coastal Commission.

You are receiving this message from California Nurses Association.

From ​
​Bill Denneen​

 – A TREASURE

If anyone is demonstrating at Phillips66 entrance  in May let me know day & time I will try my best to join U.
Bill Denneen, Nipomo, 929-3647

“D”  Day—-first Sunday in June——-at DANA Adobe
#1.  Bill Denneen will celebrate his 90th B Day
#2.  Actual even 70 years ago on Normandy Beach (I was 19 , a Navy Medic in England)

Here are the directions to the Refinery.  Thank you Gina W.  you are better than a GPS.

1) 101 South to AG 
2) Exit Halcyon Rd. Go straight on Halcyon Rd. through three signals and another 1/2 mile to end of Halcyon (4-way stop) where it ‘T’s into Hiway 1. (about 1.5-2 miles total). There, Halcyon  DOG LEGS  to the LEFT then immediately RIGHT, continues on a curvy way and climbs up on the AG mesa. 
3) At the top of Halcyon, you intersect Hiway 1 again. Turn RIGHT onto Hiway 1 toward Guadalupe, and continue to 2555 Willow Rd. The plant is at the intersection of Hiway 1 and Willow. It is on the Right.
EldrBill
IN A NUTSHELL
  • SLO County supervisors deny Las Pilitas quarry 3-2 Arnold and Compton for.
  • Diablo News -Funds for safety went to utility execs’ pay instead, PUC president says http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-puc-hearing-20150325-story.html

  • If you catch a whiff of that rotten egg sulfur smell when you are driving down around the Price Canyon area that’s bad. That’s escaping hydrogen sulfide gas from oil drilling and the Air Pollution Control District needs to know about it.
    http://www.slocleanair.org/community/complaints.php  AQMD
    Ask them to report back to you.
  • Official petition to Brown?   He ignored it. It was an official administrative filing. Not the same as a court of public record. Brown seems to have  selective hearing loss where he goes stone deaf every time he hears the words BAN FRACKING.
  • NASA predicts we only have one year of stored water left.  Jerry Brown ordered California’s first-ever mandatory water cutback, imposing a 25 percent reduction to force residents and businesses to conserve. Yup that will save the day.  LEADERSHIP AWOL.
  • 11 wells at the Arroyo Grande Oil field illegally dumping waste water into the protected aquifer.  Solution. Take the aquifer off the protected list and let the dumping continue. Brilliant.
  • 5 counties and 11 municipalities in California have taken the law into their own hands and ban fracking. In every case where the oil industry threatened to sue they had to admit their lame arguments about property rights didn’t hold water and they baled.
  • AND, Humankind, is having a fashion show May 29. Tickets are $15 each. It really is a great event with good food, music, and fashions from responsible vendors. June Cockrane is selling tickets.  We love June.  🙂 http://www.humankindslo.org/5th-annual-eco-fashion-show/
And ending on a high note – A couple of Senior Computer Skill moments. I have had at least 3 of these.

Tech support:    What kind of computer do you have?
Customer:          A white one…
Tech support:    Click on the ‘my computer’ icon on to the left of the screen.
Customer:          Your left or my left?

Customer:         My keyboard  is not working anymore.
Tech support:    Are you sure it’s plugged into the computer?
Customer:          No. I can’t get behind the computer.
Tech support:    Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.
Customer:           OK
Tech support:    Did the keyboard come with you?
Customer:          Yes
Tech support:   That means the keyboard  is not plugged in.

Customer:            I can’t get on the Internet.
Tech support:      Are you sure you used the right password?
Customer:            Yes, I’m sure. I saw my colleague do it.
Tech  support:    Can you tell me what the password was?
Customer:           Five dots.

Customer:     I have a huge problem.   A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer,   but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.

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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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Newsletter # 19 – Updates and Newdates

First– Diablo Canyon – Update.  And again we are forever grateful to our world renowned Mothers for Peace for making this happen.

Since the explosive document charging that Diablo Canyon is vulnerable to earthquakes and should be shut down Barbara Boxer has gotten involved and delaying tactics which seem to be the hallmark of the NRC are being brought to the forefront and addressed. Here are a couple of links you can sign and share to keep the pressure on our legislators to do the right thing and get Diablo shut down.
1 :: Tell NRC Chairman: SHUT DOWN DIABLO CANYON!

http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16332

2 :: Petitioning Nuclear Regulatory Commission –

Decommission the aging Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

https://www.change.org/p/nuclear-regulatory-commission-decommission-the-aging-diablo-canyon-nuclear-power-plant

3 :: NRC: Shut Down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/nrc-shut-down-diablo

And it also seems that our Board of Supervisors has also written a letter to the NRC asking for the documents that the NRC has conveniently neglected to respond to for weeks, months and years. You can let the Board know this kind of cooperation is much appreciated.  Here is their contact info. http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/bos.htm

Second – Reminder – Peoples Climate March – Sept. 21  Mitchell Park – 2pm. Heidi Harmon hosting.

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Third – Triple Divide  documentary on Fracking Tuesday Sept. 16 7pm SLO Grange Broad Street.

 

Triple Divide is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking, capable of speaking to all sides of the issue with exclusive interviews from the industry, environmental and political experts, and Americans suffering as a result of shale gas development. http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2014/09/16/771/-/triple-divide-film-discussion?filter_reset=1

“It’s hard to imagine anyone could have a fully-informed opinion about fracking without seeing Triple Divide,” said Jed Thorp of the Ohio Sierra Club after seeing the film for the first time this summer.

Discussion after. Bob is looking for sponsors.

Maybe we need to invite our elected officials? No harm in asking. http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Page8417.aspx

Fourth- Organization sign on letter to keep SLO frack free. A choir of soloists makes more noise than a soloist.

Click the link below to sign on.

Organization sign on letter to the Board of Supervisors to ban fracking.

Union is strength 1 min. video -cute

Will keep you updated on who has signed on.

Bob Banner- Hope Dance  got the ball rolling

Carl Meisser – Electrician

People for Faith and Justice

And just got the SLO Grange 639 to sign on.  Brought the letter up at the meeting they voted unanimously to sign it.

 

Thanks people.
Will deliver the letters to the BOS. TBA

Mark your Calendars

1) Triple Divide Sept 16 Grange

2) People’s Climate March Sept 21 Mitchell Park

3) BOS Sept 23 responding to our petitions- Planning dept is going to announce something.

AND next to last thing SLOCAL FRACKDOWN OCT. 11 MITCHELLL PARK 2PM RSVP   MARCH – RALLY- JUST TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THERE IS A FRACKDOWN  GOING ON IN SLO.  This is a Global Frackdown and SLO is on the map.

And lastly, Want to thank all those that send me links and information that I can include in these newsletters.  Had #19 all ready to send on Monday but when I hit send the screen went black and I went white. Lost everything. Apparently I have a vintage (7 years old) machine and it is having a hard  time keeping up with the new language and just erases everything it doesn’t understand.  So, I have learned my lesson. Will put everything in Word so I have a copy and  if the formatting is a little messed up that is why.  All the links did not make it but keep those cards and letters coming.  I do appreciate them.

I have played my mom card again and oldest son is coming to the rescue and fixing me up with a newer computer soon.  Oh happy days.

p.s.s. Went to the BOS meeting Tues. Was 10 minutes late. Didn’t think it was a problem Public comment was # 27 and thought I would have time. However, they were already in Public comment. According to the rules, slips must be submitted prior to agenda item. I missed it.  Mr. Gibson explained the procedure and did say that I might not have been aware of this and therefore allowed me and one other person who signed in late to speak. That was very considerate and appreciated.

O.k. this is really the end.

Jeanne