The ongoing DOGGR melodrama continues to unfold. Steven Bohlen, Director of the Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources ‘resigns’ after just 18 months on the job. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to appoint Ken Harris, executive officer of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article47188875.html#storylink=cpy
Have no idea what ole Gov is up to but when it comes to this DOGGR saga Jerry is writing the script and taken a vow of silence on how it is all going to end.
On December 2, 2015, the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, have provided additional information to the proposed exemption and, therefore, reopened a 15-day supplemental comment period to receive comment on the additional information.
Dec. 16 5pm Drop dead date.
So, I know this is getting tiresome but writing in your concerns, questions, objections is worth the effort I promise you. DOGGR is a mess right now and we should not have to pay for their screw ups. So let DOGGR know what you think despite everything that is going on behind the curtain.
If they don’t address our concerns to our satisfaction then this could very well be the grounds for a lawsuit against DOGGR if it comes to that. Better safe than sorry. Boy isn’t that the truth?
I just have a few things to say about what has taken place up to this point. And I’ll be quick.
Calling the Arroyo Grande Aquifer impermeable without looking at the earthquake factor is like calling the Titanic unsinkable without looking at the Iceberg factor. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, in fact any 5th grader knows, that when the earth moves every single geological formation known to man is subject to permeability.
There are a few plot holes that need some explaining. Are these hearings about protecting an aquifer that was misdiagnosed by DOGGR? Which would mean Freeport is illegally and unlawfully injecting toxic waste into a protected aquifer? Or is this about Freeport claiming they have a right to dump toxic waste into a protected aquifer because DOGGR said it was o.k.?
DOGGR exempted over 1200 aquifers. All it took to get an exemption was to apply for one. It may be years before we get to the bottom of that quagmire. In the mean time we could certainly take a close look at what happens when impermeable meets permeable. The consequences are never less than catastrophic.
The solution for a catastrophic environmental disaster is sue the company for damages. In our case we would be suing Freeport when the impermeable bowl crumbles like a cookie and billions of gallons of illegally injected toxic waste goes anywhere it wants. Suing is the answer to making everything o.k. It will bring dead people back to life and restore the river and fields to its original condition when the settlement papers are signed. It’s the law.
Chief executive resigns. Petrobras is facing a corruption scandal and has a mountain of debt. But nobody is going to jail for murder. The company’s license is not revoked. The beat goes on. That’s the solution.
This is a look into our future. This is how it could play out here if we let it. Aquifer is breached. Freeport exec resigns so he can get booted up the ladder. Freeport files bankruptcy. Carnage forgiven. The court ordered ‘clean up’ crew is a team of corporate stealthy lawyers that will proceed to sue the community, the government, the country for being so stupid for believing them.
Freeport’s reputation is world renowned. We should pay attention. Stockholders are bailing. Never a good sign. http://www.dandodiary.com/2015/01/articles/shareholders-derivative-litigation/parties-finalize-massive-and-unusual-freeport-mcmoran-derivative-lawsuit-settlement/
Lawsuits against Freeport for environmental health and safety violations abound. A history of criminal, corrupt activity world wide and yet we are dealing with them here like they are pillars of the community. We roll out the red carpet, give them center stage with a spotlight, our leaders break rules so they have all the time they need to shine. WE, the residents, are shushed.
If you don’t like the way this is going let DOGGR know. Ask questions, make comments, express every concern you have about this ‘exemption’. We are making our case.
We can write our own ending to this story and we are. We are not waiting to read about Freeport’s, DOGGR’s. EPA or Gov. Brown’s version of how this is going to end. We are writing our own ending and that will be covered in the next installment of life in the SLO lane coming out the first of the year. History in the making. Very exciting.
Deadline for comments Dec. 16. email to firstname.lastname@example.org Put Supplemental Arroyo Grande Oil Fields in the subject line
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