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

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.



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.

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From ​
​Bill Denneen​


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.
  • 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

  • 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.  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.  🙂
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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Paper Tigers Meet your Maker and Hear Her Roar.

New Zealand’s Whanganui River Gains A Legal Voice

Here are some excerpts. This is Huge Folks.

If corporations are people now, why can’t rivers be?

Under a landmark agreement, signed in New Zealand earlier this summer, the Whanganui River has become a legal entity with a legal voice.

The agreement is the result of over a hundred years of advocacy by the Whanganui iwi, an indigenous community with a long history of reliance on the river and its bountiful natural resources.

The Whanganui, the third longest river in New Zealand, will be recognized as a person under the law “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests,” Christopher Finlayson, a spokesperson for the Minister of Treaty Negotiations, told the New Zealand Herald.

This isn’t the first time Nature has been given legal Rights

In 2008, Ecuador became the first nation in the world to recognize the legal rights of its mountains, rivers, and land.

Frustrated by the exploitation of the Amazon and the Andes by multinational mining and oil corporations, delegates in Ecuador turned to the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund to help rewrite the country’s constitution. The delegates wanted to provide legal protection for Ecuador’s environment and its resources. The Legal Defense Fund helped them include a “Rights of Nature” framework in their constitution that allows people to sue on behalf of an ecosystem.

In 2011, the new law got its first test. A suit was brought on against the Provincial Government of Loja, on behalf of the Vilcabama River in Ecuador.

The local Loja government had allowed a road that abutted the river to be widened, which forced rocks and debris into the watershed and caused large floods that affected communities living on its banks.

As a result of the “rights of nature” provisions in Ecuador’s constitution, the judge decided in favor of the river. The municipality of Loja was forced to halt the project and rehabilitate the area.

Ecuador’s new constitution has been an inspiration to communities and governments all over the world who want greater protections for their local resources. Ironic thing is Ecuador got the idea from a small town in Pennsylvania that wrote the first Rights of Nature law. It started here by a handful of local citizens who just felt it was the right thing to do and did it. Just like a handful of locals who 250 years ago  wrote the Declaration of Independence because they believed it was the right thing to do and did it.

What does this mean to you and me? It means Everything.

We have Rights, Nature has Rights and those Rights get violated all the time. How do you remedy the infringements on our rights, our rights to clean water and the rights of nature and living organism of which we are an integral part and can not live without?

First, there has to be a law that duly ordains and establishes those rights 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. 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. Now water has rights, Nature has Rights  and we are obligated to protect and preserve those Rights and in so doing protect and preserve our rights. That is the win-win situation.

Recognizing Nature as a legal entity with a voice and Rights who exists only to provide all that is necessary for us to thrive and prosper is the final critical connection to insuring our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Feel the love?

Does this feel anything like the feeling you get when Monsanto,  Dow, Federal Reserves, IMF, Wall street, Frackers, or  oil companies speak? Oh no, not even close.

Paper Tigers meet your Maker and hear Her Roar.