SLO Clean Water Newsletter #79-Alive and Well

A field of Sunflowers is just a field of happy. They just seem to be saying, “So happy to be alive.” Sending you a field of happy for openers.
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Greetings my dear dear friends of SLO Clean Water – couple of announcements

Housing for Hua Anwar. A vital loving force in our community.
Resource guide on co-vid 19
This put together by Brittany of “Where there Once was water” Fame.  It is beautiful. Full of information about who, what, where, when and how.  Thank You Brittany. She updates regularly.

Now what’s happening?
I have been ‘trying’  to put this newsletter together for a long long time. Just goes to show trying is not what it takes to get things done. Doing it is what gets it done.  Quick update. Have moved from South Street (10 years) to Augusta to High Street all in SLO. Could say I have been on the move.  Loving the new place and the landlord loves plants too. Oh happy days are here again.

I am on furlough from Bed Bath and Beyond and in the mean time am working as a ranch manager for United Cerebral Palsy teaching special needs persons how to grow a business growing fruits, veggies and chickens. Got raised wicking beds growing Shiso, Japanese mustard (tastes like wasabi oh yum) cut and come again lettuce, longevity spinach, moringa, luffa, sorrel and burdock root in straw bales and put all our peppers and tomatoes (what I call the Salsa garden) in wicking containers behind a fenced area to keep the cotton picking ground squirrels at bay.  It’s a 10 acre ranch and they are using our pollinator garden as grand central. It’s war.

We had our first farmers market last Saturday and it was a roaring success. A good time was had by all. Special needs producing specialty crops is a great match. So thank you my dear friends some of whom have been wondering where I disappeared to. Been here the whole time “trying” to get this newsletter out and bring everyone up to date.

I have not lessened my death grip on the fracking industry and there is much to report.  Let me just highlight a couple of things that should affect you like a field of sunflowers. Sunflowers you say. O.k.

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Happy happy joy joy.

First.

As Oil Price Plummets, Call To Nationalize Industry Rises

The price of oil dropped below zero, minus $35 a barrel to be exact, prompting new subsidies from the Federal Reserve. Progressive voices in the U.S. and Canada have a different idea: nationalization as a way to wind down the sector, tackle the climate crisis and create a just economic transition. Hay day is over from $120 a barrel to minus $35 a barrel.  That’s sweet but can’t rest-still a ways to go. They are going to get dirtier, meaner and nastier in their desperation to get bailed out. But we still can relish this moment.  Just have to make sure we make their last moments here on this earth an absolute misery. No mercy.  We have the upper hand at this point.

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Second. (more sunflower news yay)

On April 15, Judge Brian Morris nullified water-crossing permits in Montana that were granted for the Keystone XL, a major setback for the long-embattled tar sands oil pipeline. The ruling came just days after Keystone XL owner TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, obtained billions of dollars in subsidies from the Alberta government as global oil prices plummeted.

The legal precedent set in the Keystone XL case is already playing out in federal courts.

On April 30, the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against the Army Corps of Engineers over another controversial pipeline. The complaint says the Army Corps did not comply with NEPA in issuing a Nationwide Permit 12 to the 428-mile Permian Highway gas pipeline. Things are looking up my friends.  We have been waiting a long time and things will never be the same for the fracking industry.

Now what’s happening locally?

Gov. Newsom is playing fast and loose with his commitment to ban fracking in the State. He has actually approved, since he took office in Jan. 2019,  as many permits as greasy Brown approved in his last year in office. That would be 6,168. Shameful. I have sent him a letter reading him the riot act. We are not playing this game again.
And a new well has popped up at the AGOF. 

Been in contact with the SLO county planning Dept and County Board of Supervisors about this and several other points of interest like, Is the oil field up and running? Do they have a mandatory UIC Class I permit to dump?  Who and how was the new well approved? No hearings? No notice? Not good.
The questions are all rhetorical of course because I have checked and there is no record of any UIC permits issued to the AGOF.  Have to ask them though just for the record. And this is all illegal and unlawful criminal activity. I know you have all heard that before and nothing happened.  Well, I really believe and feel this time is going to be different.  Got a few other irons in the fire but will wait till I get a confirmation before I post more sunflowers. Just want to reassure you that I am on this till the end. Thank you for your patience.

We are really living a moment in time that has never never happened before. The world has never been globally attached at the hip like it is right now and there are some extraordinary things happening.  People are coming together like never before. Communities are reaching out to each other and making things happen and really acting like solid, upstanding human beings that you can be proud to call your friends and neighbors. So much is about just doing the right thing and not waiting for permission to do it. Just doing it.  It took a freaking pandemic to wake us up out of our stupor and start asking questions and getting involved in this thing called living.  If we count our blessings instead of sheep we have really made the best of this lock down and should come out of it with a fresh, new and improved way of being happy and feeling oh so grateful to be a part of this transformation.

And now for one last happy happy, you guessed it, sunflower to send you with so much love.

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This is up close and personal and look at the florets arranged in that natural sacred geometry thing. Perfect. Nature is just a freaking miracle.  I hope these happy little miracles made you smile. I was smiling the whole time I was writing this.
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These are the articles on new well, oil prices and Newsom

https://www.newsomwellwatch.com/

https://www.desmogblog.com/2020/05/03/keystone-xl-future-pipeline-permits?utm_source=DeSmog%20Weekly%20Newsletter

https://www.consumerwatchdog.org/energy/ca-oil-well-permits-under-gov-newsom-outpace-first-quarter-last-year-loss-public-health

SLO CLEAN WATER HAS SIGNED THIS OFFICIAL LETTER ON BEHALF OF ALL ITS DEDICATED, DEVOTED MEMBERS SINCE 2010

Open letter – REQUEST TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO CALL FOR A GLOBAL BAN ON FRACKING

An OPEN LETTER to António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United NationsSeptember 2019

REQUEST TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO CALL FOR A GLOBAL BAN ON FRACKING

Dear UN Secretary General Guterres,

The undersigned organizations submit this letter to highlight the fact that continued production, trade and use of fracked hydrocarbons for energy, petrochemicals and plastics torpedoes our global efforts to tackle climate change and violates basic human rights.

As you are aware, manmade climate change is the biggest and most comprehensive existential threat humanity has ever faced – apart from a nuclear war.

Scientists confirm that we have maximum 10-30 years left to phase-out all fossil-fuels (including fossil gas) if we want to avoid overshooting significant climate tipping-points. Scientific evidence shows that methane emissions from gas extraction in general and from shale gas in particular are a significant driver of global warming and climate change.

However, at a time when all global forces must be combined to combat the foreseeable and enfolding mass extinction on our planet, the oil and gas industry – backed by many irresponsible governments – bets on a fossil fuels extraction technique that will destroy the joint forces of humanity: hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

As early as 2012, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) issued a “Global Alert” on fracking, concluding that fracking may have environmental impacts even if done properly.

Rather than working towards increased development of the fracking industry we must focus on ways to eliminate our continuing reliance on fossil fuels, including fossil gas, as quickly as possible. To do otherwise ignores the existing crucial scientific evidence that proves the significant negative climate role of gas, in particular fracked gas, and the dire economic consequences related to ongoing fossil fuel consumption.

1. Negative climate impacts of fossil gas

The UNFCC’s press release from January 19, 2018, highlighted an important study by NASA which has confirmed that oil and gas industry is responsible for the global rise in methane emissions.

Dr. Robert Howarth, a researcher from Cornell University, recently concluded that the global increase in methane over the last 10 years is largely driven by the oil and gas industry. His updated estimate for average, full-cycle methane leakage rate from natural gas operations (fracked and non-fracked) is 4.1%. These kinds of leakage rates render natural gas just as, if not more, climate harmful than coal. Recent pushed trade in LNG will increase global emissions and its overall full lifecycle greenhouse gas balance is comparable to or even worse than that of coal.

But even if we leave the existing significant methane emissions aside, we know that global – economically recoverable – fossil fuels extraction projects (currently producing and under-construction), would take the world far beyond safe climate limits. Further development and trade of gas reserves is inconsistent with the implementation of the vital climate targets. We also know that the industry also strongly relies on fracking for the current and future extraction of oil and gas worldwide.

2. Environmental and public health implications of fracking

More than a decade of large-scale use of fracking to extract fossil fuels from the ground has underscored how harmful and destructive this extraction process can be, as confirmed and acknowledged by countless peer-reviewed scientific studies. There are numerous proven risks and impacts related to the development of fracking projects, such as heavy freshwater consumption, water and soil contamination, public health impacts and the significant contribution to global warming.

In heavily fracked areas in southwestern Pennsylvania there have been high rates of cancer, including Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of childhood bone cancer. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a study to determine if the number of cases constitute a cancer cluster. Families are suffering from the effects of contaminated air and water and there is increasing fear as fracking activities show no sign of slowing down.

Pregnant women who live near active fracking operations in Pennsylvania are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely, according to research by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

3. Fracking supports polluting plastics industry

The plastics industry has reaped under-the-radar benefits from the environmentally destructive fracking boom and an oversupply of cheap ethane in the past few years. This surge has been a boon for the plastics industry, which relies on petrochemical manufacturing to turn ethane, a hydrocarbon present in natural gas, into plastics. Beginning in 2012, chemical companies started aggressively investing in petrochemical plants, pipelines and export facilities focused on tapping the ethane glut, creating further negative implications for human and environmental rights – right at a moment when we try to solve the big global plastic health and climate crisis.

According to calculations recently published by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), full plastic lifecyle emissions (including the extraction of fossil fuels, production, transport, consumption and disposal) alone will generate 56 gigatons of CO2 by 2050. This corresponds to 10 – 13 percent of the global carbon budget we have left to stay within a 1.5 ° global warming scenario.

4. Fracking impacts human rights

In May 2018, the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change heard testimony and received other evidence relating to fracking and its impact. Included were very substantial reports from four prior PPT Citizens’ Tribunals that had gathered scientific, technical, social, cultural and experiential testimony from many community organizations, experts and individual citizens.

According to the preliminary statement of the PPT judges, the evidence clearly demonstrates that the processes of fracking contribute substantially to anthropogenic harm, including climate change and global warming, and involve massive violations of a range of substantive and procedural human rights and the rights of nature.… The evidence also shows that governments have, in general, failed in their responsibility to regulate the industry so as to protect people, communities and nature. In addition, they have failed to act promptly and effectively to the dangers of climate change that fracking represents.” In the final Advisory Opinion, the PPT recommended that “fracking be banned” and that “the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment be asked to investigate the violations of the rights of humans and nature by the Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction industry.”

This finding is echoed elsewhere: In October 2018, the UN’s CESCR issued an official warning concerning fracking for shale gas in Argentina, saying that „The Committee is concerned that this hydraulic fracturing project contradicts the State party’s commitments to the Paris Agreement, with a negative impact on global warming and the enjoyment of the economic and social rights of the world population and future generations. (Article 1 (1) and 2 ((1))“ In March 2019 the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) urged the British Government to “consider introducing a comprehensive and complete ban on fracking.”

In June 2019, the Human Rights Council published a report on climate change and poverty, clearly highlighting the fact that “fossil fuel companies are the main driver of climate change” and that “the track record of the fossil fuel industry makes clear that overreliance on profit-driven actors would almost guarantee massive human rights violations”.

He further points out that “if climate change is used to justify business-friendly policies and widespread privatization, exploitation of natural resources and global warming may be accelerated rather than prevented.“

That is definitely true for the fracking industry and the false and positive promotion of natural gas.

Directly affected regions and communities all over the world rely on a strong and bold public position of the United Nations on this significant and existential issue.

Dear Secretary General Guterres, as the United Nations prepares for its Climate Action Summit 2019, we call on you to accept this climate champion role and to publicly demand a global ban on fracking!

Sincerely,

1. Andy Gheorghiu, Policy advisor & Campaigner, Food & Water Europe
2. Scott Edwards, Legal Director, Food & Water Watch
3. Michele Fetting, Program Manager, Breathe Project

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Newsletter #78 – Plains pipeline applying for a redo.

There is a lot happening on Thurs. Feb.28.  Just learned about this one. Plains All American Pipeline  applying for a redo permit to trespass on 37 miles of our ocean front property. Plains scoping meeting in Arroyo Grande. See attachment. If you can’t make it you can email your comments or call the project planner Kathryn Lehr at (805) 568-3560 or klehr@countyofsb.org.  Believe me it all counts!!!!

 

Here is a history of oil spills in California  https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/Refugio_oil_spill/index.html  for some ideas for comments.

 

I have also included some bullet points for comments.  Put:   Comment on ‘Plains Pipeline Arroyo Grande Feb 28’   in the subject line.  I will not be able to attend so I am emailing my comment today.  I would also cc your comments to your Supervisor and let them know how you feel.  Show up if you can.  Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the South County Regional Center, 800 West Branch St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.

Here we go.

Plains Pipeline

Santa Barbara County is the Lead Agency and San Luis Obispo County is a Responsible Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act.  Conditional Use Permits have been submitted to both counties and are being processed.  Once the Environmental Impact Report is complete, hearings in both counties will be noticed and held.  Please see the attached notice for the Scoping Meeting.  During the meeting, the permit process and project description will be discussed in detail.  There will also be time for the public to ask questions.

Update on the AGOF

Arroyo Grande Oil Field

The AG Field is an active, operational field. A time extension for the Phase 4 Expansion has been requested, approved by the Planning Commission and appealed.  The appeal is on hold until the EPA Aquifer Exemption is completed.  The County is waiting for the applicant to submit the EPA documentation.  Once this is submitted we will schedule the appeal for a hearing before the Board of Supervisors.

Questions/comments for the Arroyo Grande scoping meeting Feb. 28

  • Why are we even thinking about partnering up with convicted felonies, Plains and Exxon,  after their reckless, careless, deadly disregard for compliance of safety regulations?
  •  It is our ocean and marine life, our beach front property and access and enjoyment and tourist income that is at risk and will be devastated when accidents and spills happen.
  •  How has Plains and Exxon proven they have changed and we can trust them?   They have lied before about the safety conditions and admitted safety regulations are cost prohibitive. They constantly ask for exemptions and exceptions to safety and health regulations to avoid the high cost of safety compliance.  They have violated and sacrificed safety and health regulations before to avoid cost so why should we believe this time is going to be any different?
  • We are bearing all the burden and risk of a contaminated beach and marine life for what?
  • What do we get out of the deal?
  • How does all this risk even begin to compare to what we get in return? We are not even shareholders. We get squat.
  • We live in constant fear of spills and accidents.
  • What are the guarantees a spill or accident will not happen?
  • Is there a complaint process? Who do we go to and how do we report a spill or suspicious activity? How do we check to see if they are current and in compliance with all regular mandated equipment safety checks, data reporting, monitoring, weekly, monthly, annual reports, OSHA?
  • It seems very irresponsible of our elected officials to consider doing business with companies of notable ill repute and a history and reputation for bad faith dealings.
  • Pie crust promises, easily made, easily broken is Plain’s and Exxon’s forte and we would be damn fools and fiscally irresponsible and morally corrupt to even consider partnering up with these convicted criminal.
  • Oil is DOA and has NO future.
  • Our lives and livelihood are not something that can be mitigated.
  • We resent and object to our lives and the precious, fragile marine life being regarded as objects that can be mitigated, replaced, substituted or compromised.
  • Who speaks for the marine life that will be killed, harmed, disrupted and displaced by a spill?
  • We have zero tolerance for spills and accidents.
  • Prevention is the only cure and guarantee no harm will come to us.

We’re calling on the state and federal regulators to shutter pipeline technology forever and to decommission coastal oil projects that feed it and endanger our coast and climate. It is the right thing to do for the safety health and well being of all living beings land, sea and air.

Thank you,

Newsletter #77-Time out- Take a break- Fun Facts – No Drama

Newsletter #77-Time out- Take a break- Fun Facts – No Drama

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  • Lot of negativity floating around these days. Time to do a cleanse. RECHARGE our batteries.  
  •  Hope something catches your fancy and leaves you smiling.  Fun Facts.  Here we go.

        As of Friday Feb. 15,

  •  that wall was 38 feet high.
  • whoa.
  • A Perfect rainbow captured in Australia.  I have never seen a whole rainbow. I never knew there more to a rainbow so this is a real eye opener. wow.

  • Amazing Angel Oak in Georgia. What a tree!!
  • That’s Cassie, my favorite daughter, visiting Georgia and
  • on the hunt for a few acorns for dear ole mom. Success. Got 4 little angels hatching in an egg carton on my windowsill. so exciting.  Kind of the closest thing to immortality I can imagine. precious seeds turning into trees that make more seeds. wow
  • Beware. A fence eating tree. Very rare
  • and now something from a legend
  •   Who’s feeling a little stressed out? Love the Eucalyptus ideas.
  • 14 natural remedies for anxiety and stress
  • Local treasure, Dave Congalton under went open
  • heart surgery on Valentines Day. Dave really knows
  • how to keep it real. I think his theme song should be
  • Staying Alive. Staying Alive.♫ Ah, ha, ha, ha ♫ He’s a miracle. Much much love to
  • a man for all seasons.
  • Xoxxo He is doing good
  • Now another miracle.
  • This kind of blew my mind. I think this is proof of our connection to nature and why
  • we feel such a kinship and love for trees. WE are family and WE got the fingerprints to prove it.

good advice.

  • Are Investors Finally Waking up to North America’s Fracked Gas Crisis? OH YES. 
  •  Not only are investors wising up realizing that their investment is built on debt and payday is off the table and lenders are doing the numbers and even with an industry that gets $400 billion in subsides that they spend on themselves The truth is out that there is no future in gas and fracked oil.
  • The writing is on the wall. And if you can read and have an ounce of common sense investment opportunities and a bright future are in renewables.  Oil is DOA.

  • How smart are our elected officials here in SLO?  Can they read? Do they see the writing on the wall? Our job is to make sure they don’t do anything stupid and life threatening like approving permits from criminally convicted insane losers like Plains All American and Sentinel.  Oh  WE are on this BIG TIME.   
  • Had enough good news?  Well, here’s one more. This shows how there is a global reckoning in progress.
  • Oz: Landmark Legal Ruling Rejects Coal Mine on Climate Grounds
  • “This landmark decision sends a clear message to the fossil fuel industry that it cannot continue to expand if we are serious about tackling climate change.”
  • The ruling could have significant international ramifications, as Australia is the world’s largest exporter of coal.
  • Feeling better?  Hope so.
  • There is more where that came from SLO CLEAN WATER FACEBOOK
  • O.k.  now a heads up for coming attractions
  • 1) Rain precursor to a Super bloom in the desert
  • WOW
  • 2)  If you are interested in formally presenting your views about storage of spent fuel at Diablo Canyon, please contact the Engagement Panel. Instructions are embedded in the message below. Please attend the meetings and offer your feedback!
  • Linda Seeley on Diablo on Facebook
  • 3) Plains All American is applying for a redo on their pipeline disaster.  They need to file an application for a permit to trespass on 37 miles of SLO County ocean front property.  Don’t know what Santa Barbara and Ventura are going to do but this is simple for us. Given Plains criminal record here and their association and partnership with globally convicted criminal EXXON, A simple NO is our response.  Stand by.  The permit goes to the Board of Supervisors.
  • 4) Sentinel is another one waiting in the wings for a permit from the Board.  Everyone take a deep breath.  Recharge your batteries and Stand by.
  • 5) Tree Lees of the Permaculture Guild has put together a great environmental resource list of SLO County doers. We are an amazing conglomeration of caring beings.  I am going to send it as an addendum.

  • So much love!!

 

 

 

SLO CLEAN WATER NEWSLETTER #76 – HELLLLLOOOO SAN LUIS OBISPO AND BEYOND -2019

Happy NEW FOREVER
Hello dear friends.  Sorry for the long gap in communication. Been gathering info and working a bit behind the scenes making ready to go public.  Wanted to be sure had positive news to announce the start of the New Year.  And here it is.

Been working on this legal action for at least 7 years. And until now everyone I contacted about this certain type of legal action was met with discouraging words and uncertainty because it had never been done before.

The fact that corporations file suits like this very successfully against our elected officials all the time did not seem to phase most of the contacts.  In fact they were not particularly interested in sitting precedent that would change the way we do business with our elected officials. I persisted like every cockeyed optimist does.  I was really stuck on, if the corporations can successfully file Writs then why can’t we?  It worked for them why not us?  Persistence paid off.

I watched in agony for many years as agencies, like DOGGR and EPA, planning boards, elected officials, officers of the court, elected officials, escaped prosecution for non compliance of enforcement of rules and regulations that endangered our lives and livelihood because no one cared enough or dared enough to charge them with not doing their job, breaching their promise to keep us safe.

That reign of terror is over and am so proud and pleased to announce that we are the people we have been waiting for as Margaret Mead suggested: ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’  We are that small group of thoughtful, committed citizens here in San Luis Obispo County that will change our world.

We have everything we need to go forward with an extraordinary Writ demanding our elected officials do their job of keeping us safe or else.  Arroyo Grande Oil Field is not a safe place because our Board of Supervisors failed to do their job and do it right.

We have legal representation that is not afraid to do the right thing and knows how to make it right.  We  have plaintiffs that are representative of our community and everything it stands for.

I will keep you all informed of the particulars as they come available.  Just wanted you to know that the safety and well being of our home and future generations is a reality whose time has come.
Here are some other very encouraging signs of the time.

 Quoting ‘The Lorax,’ Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail December 14, 2018

A federal appeals court has thrown out a power company’s permit to build a natural gas pipeline across two national forests and the Appalachian Trail – and slammed the U.S. Forest Service for granting the approvals in the first place.

In a decision filed Thursday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., a three-judge panel declared the U.S. Forest Service “abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources” when it issued permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to build through parts of the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests and a right of way across the Appalachian Trail.

“This conclusion,” they wrote in a unanimous judgment, “is particularly informed by the Forest Service’s serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company’s deadlines.”

The judges cited Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: “We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.'”

The court concluded that the Forest Service’s decisions violated both the National Forest Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and found the Forest Service lacked the authority to grant the pipeline a right of way across the Appalachian Trail.

This is not unlike what is going on with our Board of Supervisors who has for the past 20 years granted the Arroyo Grande Oil Field permission to illegally dump their toxic waste into our protected sacred underground aquifer without so much as a mother may I.

 The Board failed to do their job and get the required licenses and EPA permits certifying that the unincorporated areas of SLO County were documented safe for 10,000 years.  As a result of their reckless disregard for the law they put this entire county and all our lives and livelihood at risk of irreparable and irreversible contamination of an essential, vital element necessary for all life to thrive and prosper, our sacred water.   It is a new Day.  It is a Day of reckoning.

And here is a shout out also to The Sierra Club who has just filed suit against SLO County Board of Supervisors over ‘brazen violation of the law’.  It is about time. This is not the same as our Writ but it is very much indicative of coming attractions, putting the Board of Supervisors on notice that this community is coming alive and knows what we need to do to insure that our safety and well being is the top priority of our elected officials and we are NOT afraid to make our demands known.

Read more here:
Sierra Club sues SLO County Board of Supervisors over ‘brazen violation of the law’ more here:

Now in closing dear friends of SLO Clean Water my New Year wish for us all.

Much Love,

 

p.s. This just in.  A sign that it is over for liars and criminals hiding behind corrupt politicians.  Jan.7, 2019

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to ExxonMobil’s efforts to stonewall an investigation into its business practice of sowing doubt about climate science.

The high court declined to hear last-ditch appeals by Exxon to block subpoenas by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is investigating whether Exxon lied to the public and investors about fossil fuels’ impact on climate change. At Climate Hawks Vote, we’ve long been actively involved in #ExxonKnew — a coalition demanding elected officials investigate the biggest ongoing crime against humanity.

 

 

#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.

https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/08/03/portland-oregon-wins-court-battle-ban-new-oil-infrastructure

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

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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwpHSKHyEWQ

Time to kick ass

jeannewater@gmail.com

SLO Clean Water.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hugs and Kisses update.

Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses Campaign

We are at $2,220 and 22 days to go.  This is so freaking exciting.  If all the parties of interest, everyone that uses water, could share this I think that would put us in the pink and make us court worthy. To all those who have donated you are doing us so proud. Thank you!!!!

Meeting with attorneys. Getting a legal team together.  It is happening. Did a tweet to a couple of celebs to get their support Mark Ruffalo, Ellen, DiCapro, Josh Fox and Robert Redford.  Also contacted Erin Brockovich.   Tweeting is a lot easier than trying to find their physical contact info that’s for sure. If you want to play this twitterpated game,  oh yea,  Tweet the link Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses campaign https://www.facebook.com/donate/254879975276877/1474794539292612/  and invite them to join in. (can you hash tag that?).  I think everyone on that list knows and loves SLO too so letting them know about our fundraiser to keep SLO safe and getting elected officials to do their job might be appreciated.  Maybe someone will even do a matching funds. xoxo to all ❤❤❤

 

If FB is not your thing you can send a donation to our beloved fiscal sponsor Ecologistics @
633 Ramona Ave., Space 103, Los Osos, CA 93402.  Make sure and mention it is for Hugs and Kisses or just put some xoxo on your donation.

 

So Pruitt’s out and Wheeler’s In.  A coal lobbyist heading up the EPA.  wow. We aren’t even pretending anymore that this whole appointee thing can be the ultimate abuse of power and corrupt to the core.

  • Can you imagine the conniption fits that would be going on if real environmentalist like Annie Leonard from Greenpeace or Michael Brune from Sierra Club or Environmental Attorney Don Hornstein or Bill McKibben got nominated?  The thought is just too delicious. Needed something to get my head out of the omg doldrums.  And since we thought of it it is possible!It really feels so very very good to be sharing this moment with everyone. It feels good because you just know in your heart it is the right thing to do and it is going to make a difference.  It has been a heck of a journey.  We are going to take this to a point where elected officials can not summarily and routinely dismiss and ignore our basic fundamental concerns without some consequences.  That’s the hope so hold that thought. Magic is in the air. xoxo

  

Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses Campaign

 

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

Newsletter #71- What happens when elected officials don’t do their job?  What are we going to do about it?

Newsletter #71- What happens when elected officials don’t do their job? What are we going to do about it?


Happy Valentine’s Day 2018

​Love Rules-

How do I love thee let me count the ways? The sun, the moon, the stars, the water, the air, the forest and trees, the birds and the bees, fish in the sea. Home sweet home.  I am in love with nature.

New York City residents gave their Mayor Bill de Blasio a Great Big Valentine for filing a lawsuit against 5 major oil companies. Maybe next year we will be able to do something like that.  In the mean time we have some officials we need to rock their world because they are not doing their job we are not proud of them and that is just not o.k.  We deserve better.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY DIDN’T DO THEIR JOB and failed to RESPOND TO over 300 COMPLAINTS  OF SEXUAL ABUSE FILED BY GYMNASTS AND THE ABUSE FLOURISHED UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF OFFICIALS.  Over 300 complaints. Over 300 request to be heard denied by officials exercising with knowledge and intent – a betrayal of a sacred trust to protect.   What happens when officials don’t do their job? Wrongdoing goes unpunished.  Basic fundamental rights guaranteed all persons is abandoned and irreversible and irreparable damage is imposed on innocent people.  That is not going to happen here.
What happens when officials don’t do their job? People die.

Driller in Oklahoma Explosion Has History of Deadly Accidents, Safety Violations and workers complaints go unheeded and 11 die because OSHA and regulatory agencies ignored complaints.

In Richmond California when Chevron ignored 3700 violations and DOGGR failed to act on the violations  15,000 people where sickened and hospitalized when the refinery exploded and sent toxic flumes in every direction for miles.

Chevron ignored a decade of warnings before Richmond refinery …

The Safety Board … said Chevron did not act upon six recommendations over 10 years to increase inspection and replace the line at its Richmond, California, refinery with upgraded pipe.

 

Refugio. Aliso Canyon. Guadalupe a 30 year cover up of the largest oil spill in CA history.
 

The oil industry in California is self regulated. That means any spills, accidents or rule violations that threaten their bottom line and profitability is automatically ignored and goes unreported. The oil industry has a history of lying and violating industry standards and practices. That’s why these things happen and innocent people are left unprotected and totally at the mercy of unscrupulous, careless, heartless, ruthless, antisocial, antibeing things that we created.  Corporate beings are a figment of our greed and selfish behavior. This is not o.k. This is unacceptable. This has to change.

Oil industry has failed to comply with rules and regulations and just dares an understaffed, underfunded regulatory agency to catch them if they can.  No respect for rules and regulations. Common courtesy.   And it is really of little or no consequence if they are caught red handed because the penalty for violations is fixed into the cost of doing business and subsided by the American taxpayers.  Oil doesn’t care that lives are ruined and destroyed nor do some  elected officials we entrusted to keep us safe.   The hardship, heartache, disruption of lives and livelihood could all be avoided if officials did their job and responded to and enforced violations and followed up on complaints filed by workers, whistleblowers and victims.  It is our job to make sure they are doing their jobs.

What do you do when officials refuse to listen to their constituents?  We want to know why our Board of Supervisors is allowing an undocumented oil operation  to continue to dump toxic hazardous waste into the unincorporated areas of SLO County.  A complaint has been filed with the  EPA, DOGGR and Water Resource Control Board and petitions delivered to the Board of Supervisors to shut down the illegal wells in the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields.  The complaints have been ignored.

The oil fields have never been certified a safe toxic waste disposal site according to the Underground Injection Control program. Arroyo Grande Oil Fields  do not have a mandatory EPA registration # that certifies the toxic waste disposal site safe for 10,000 years or until the toxic ingredients are rendered inert whichever comes first.

The shut down is on our Board of Supervisors whose job it is to make sure the contractors are properly licensed and the site is an authorized and certified hazardous waste disposal site. Its simple. If it isn’t certified it doesn’t get a permit. It isn’t certified. It’s simple. No permit.

Our Board has for over 20 years been harboring, aiding and abetting illegal and unlawful activity. We have begged and pleaded with the Board to remove the threatening, abusive, invasive, assaulting element from our sacred place.  This is not rocket science. Show us the documentation from the EPA that the Oil Field is a certified hazardous waste disposal site or shut the place down as promised by DOGGR and EPA. And just to be clear. An exemption of an aquifer is not a license to dispose of hazardous waste. One does not preclude the other.  So to the Board of Supervisors I don’t know what you are waiting for but we are done waiting.  Shut down the illegal operation at the Arroyo Grande Oil Field or we will revoke your license to represent us.

 

A Freedom of Information request for the EPA registration # for the Arroyo Grande Oil has been filed with the EPA on  Feb. 6.  Records at the SLO Planning Dept. that should have the registration # on file if in fact the field is registered couldn’t find anything.
 

This is a classic example of failure of officials to do their job and to act on complaints.   NOT o.k.

 

It is o.k. if we say NO to stinky, smelly, dirty, ugly, sickening, intrusive, abusive, unwelcomed toxic disposal in our backyard. Hundreds of municipalities across the United States have honored and respected the peoples choice to not have ticking time bombs in their backyard.

The Mayor of New York is suing 5 major Oil companies for damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. It’s a climate change thing and they are make their case.  Kudos for New York. Our Attorney General has filed 21 lawsuits against President Trump for environmental violations. But will not enforce his own directive to shut down unlicensed wells.  We have sent 5 complaints to Attorney General Becerra to shut down the illegal wells that failed to meet the Feb. 15, 2017 deadline. He has failed to recognize our concerns.  Why?   And then there are those like our Board of Supervisors who have decided to go rogue and ignore our objections, our complaints of abuse of power and assault on our lives and livelihood.  This is NOT o.k.

And how do you say this is not o.k. in a tone and language our officials  can understand? We are declaring our sacred love and commitment to our homes, our children and the next generations.  We can and will make a legal declaration that is recognized and acknowledged in a court of law and where the abuse of power and assault by public officials is recognized, acknowledged and punished.

 

So that is what you do when officials don’t do their jobs. You let the courts do our talking for us in a language the officials can not ignore.

 

Do you want to see what happens when a community is summarily ignored by their elected officials and environmental agencies?

Thank you John

John Bolenbaugh of Kalamazoo Michigan is on a mission to prevent a deadly disaster that happened in their town from happening to anyone else. He has documented and answered the question what happens when officials don’t do their job?  Would like to invite everyone to come and see a documentary called The Big Oil Whistleblower on Tuesday Feb. 20,2018 at the SLO Library at 7pm.

 

The Big Oil Whistleblower is going to tell us what to expect from an oil company if they get their hands on our land and permits to drill and local officials let them.   All we have to do is listen, take what these good, honest hardworking, people are telling us to heart  to prevent an inevitable disaster in our own backyard.  These good people have nothing to gain by telling us their story and the truth and John is doing it at great risk to his own life and family.

They don’t have to share this with us but they care. They got screwed by the oil company, the government, the EPA, and all those government agencies that are suppose to be looking out for our safety health and well being.  If they knew then what they know now this would be a whole different story. We don’t have to repeat their mistakes. We can take care of business BEFORE it becomes a disaster.

 

Here is an excerpt from the show.

“Only about 30% of the oil spills are reported because they just say it is being maintenance. They profit from the oil spills.  They want the oil spills. For 5 years they knew there is a crack in it [pipeline] if they shut it down they would lose 8 million dollars a day so what they do is just squeeze out that revenue for 5 years until it does spill then that insurance company hires them to clean up their own mess…”

 

 And honestly it is not like we haven’t heard it before by Josh Fox, Calvin Tillman, Ray Kemble, Native Americans. The tale of the oil industry in America is as ugly as it gets and it always ends in a disaster.  Who are you going to believe? Come to the show and let’s make plans to deliver a petition or two.    And deliver an ultimatum or three.

 

and in the mean time……
 
Let DOGGR know you expect them to make good on their promise to shut down all the undocumented fugitive wells operating on their watch. Is DOGGR going to ignore the complaints again?  We are making our case. Ignoring us is NOT an option.
 

    DOGGR_Headquarters@conservation.ca.gov  Complaint form

Let the Attorney General know we know he can shut down those wells and we expect him to do it.  Have contacted him 5 times. All the responses were a form letter giving us the bums rush.  Making our case. Not o.k.

Xavier Becerra
Attorney General


https://oag.ca.gov/contact/general-comment-question-or-complaintform

And you can sign the  MoveOn petition to the Attorney General and Board of Supervisors. This was already delivered to the Attorney General who summarily dismissed it.  So we can do it again and it will be going to the Board of Supervisors as well.   We are making our case that our elected officials don’t listen to us and that is not o.k. Ignoring us is NOT an option.  Every refusal by our Board to ignore  our complaints  is satisfying a court prerequisite to prove we made the demand and it was ignored.

SHUT DOWN THOSE WELLS  sign the petition

Same goes for the Water Boards – let them know we are not o.k. with their nonchalant attitude of implementation of directives.

SWRCB.gov


info@waterboards.ca.gov

I contacted Toxic Substances Control letting them know we have concerns about the undocumented dumping of toxic waste in our backyard.  They got back to me and said this was all on DOGGR.

Department of Toxic Substances ControlDepartment of Toxic Substances Control


rao@dtsc.ca.gov

And you can give the Board of Supervisors one last official chance to do their job and shut down those illegal wells.  No responds is a refusal to respond.  Making our case.

John Peschong

Chair, 1st District Supervisor
(805) 781-4491

jpeschong@co.slo.ca.us.

Here is a sample letter I wrote to all of the above.

Why aren’t you enforcing the Feb 15, 2017 shut down deadline?  We want to know. The community of San Luis Obispo wants to know. Eleven of the 1650 wells were on that shut down deadline and we were relying on you to follow through and shut them down if they failed to meet the deadline. They failed to meet the deadline and you failed to enforce. We want to know why?  We will read your responses  at a public meeting and decide what our next step will be to insure our safety health and well being.  To date over $15 billion dollars is due and owning the taxpayers of California in penalties. Whose responsibility is it to collect on those penalties? We want to know.

We want an answer by Feb 19, 2018 and no response from you by that date will be regarded as a refusal to answer and reported as such. It will be regarded as an intent to ignore and disregard our complaint with full knowledge that that is your intent.

An exemption of an aquifer is not a license to dump hazardous toxic waste in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo. Any attempt to allow that activity will be regarded as a clear and present danger to our safety and well being and a breach of a sacred trust bestowed on our elected officials.

Thank you,

 

Come to the showing of the Big Oil Whistleblower on Tuesday  Feb. 20 at the SLO Public Library at 7pm. We will invite a response from the officials we have contacted. We will let you know what they did or did not say.

This film is about Enbridge oil. Seven years later and Enbridge is still in the news and Kalamazoo is still trying to get officials to listen. We are not going to let this happen to us. Flint Michigan still doesn’t have clean water. Puerto Rico is still struggling because officials are not listening.  We are vowing that the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields will not be permitted by our Board of Supervisors until it is certified by the EPA as a Class I waste disposal site.  And we are going to be going into drought mode again. And this time we are going to make sure that the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields are complying with emergency drought water allocations.  They got away with it last time but this time is going to be different.  That’s a promise.

The oil industry lies.

The oil industry has a long history of pushing forward recklessly in the pursuit of profit and then claiming ignorance when things go wrong, resulting in “unique” disasters.

After the deadly Bakken oil train disaster at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, the industry assured the public that Bakken oil was safe and no different than other oils. That was wrong. That was a lie.

When the Sanchi was initially on fire The Washington Post reported that the Chinese government said that much of the oil “would probably evaporate in hours.” That was wrong. That was a lie.

And the oil industry continues to claim that diluted bitumen floats in water and is no different to clean up than other oils — despite the scientific and real world evidence showing this isn’t true.

Oil lies.  We absolutely must dump this crazy ass fossil fuel mentality and any SLO county supervisors that don’t see a problem with partnering up with unlicensed, untrustworthy contractors and wants to protect jobs that get people killed and destroys the entire landscape of this county. They are out of here by hook or crook.

Peschong must recuse himself because Phillips 66 has a pipeline at the field and Sentinel is a paid member of the Western States Petroleum Association a former employer of Peschong.

 

 

And,

 

We are partnering up with Food and Water Watch people who are  looking to promote, aid and assist local grassroots organizations  anyway they can. One way is getting signatures on petitions that they will send out to their network. A call to action to get people to a rally, BOS meeting , they are there.   Have sent them the petitions.  They are on it.

 

Also Climate Change Hawks is very impressed with our signature gathering for the take no oil money pledge that they are promoting all our local candidates and signers and giving them a shout out at conventions and on their network.  We have a lot of work to do and a lot of support and there is something for everyone to do.  The Victory party is going to be a humdinger because everyone  that worked on this is invited.  This little ripple is turning into a tidal wave. FORE.  Oh that’s golf. Never mind.
 

O.k. dear lovers of this place we call home and visitors that love coming here just one last thing for today.

 

A get well card for one of our Supervisors who is needing to know we care

Supervisor Hill

 

See you Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 SLO library 7pm



Much much love.

 

 
 
 
 
SLOCW Newsletter #70 – Truth Matters – Sound of Silence – Time to change our tune.

SLOCW Newsletter #70 – Truth Matters – Sound of Silence – Time to change our tune.

Attorney General’s official response to complaints of wells dumping toxic waste.

The complaint sent to the State EPA about the violations of the California Underground Injection Control (UIC) program and the noticed Feb 15, 2017 shut down of all 1650 non compliant wells was ‘closed.’

US EPA was the agency that brought the charges against DOGGR and was a party to the shut down deadline for safety and health reasons. State and Federal agencies and officials are ignoring and reneging on their own directive putting people and communities at risk.

None of the wells have been shut down or been certified compliant. Eleven plus wells in the Arroyo Grande Oil are still dumping an average of 1.6 million gallons of toxic radioactive waste water anywhere they want.

​We​ sent a complaint to the EPA asking them to investigate the status of the non compliant wells. Here is the response we​ got back.

Nancy Lancaster nancy.lancaster@dtsc.ca.gov via xmycdprv9qqljdip.9986fmoj0v98z9pd.tfwvvfg.j-1qmneeai.na21.bnc.salesforce.com

7:49 AM  (January 3, 2018)

DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE.

Dear JEAN’NE BLACKWELL,

This message relates to the environmental complaint number COMP-36003 you submitted to the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) on 12/19/2017. Your complaint has been closed. Below is a list of agencies that handled your complaint. If you would like more information, please contact the listed agencies directly.

Agency: Department of Toxic Substances Control
Agency: State Water Resources Control Board

Agency: Air Resources Board

Thank you.

Nancy Lancaster, nancy.lancaster@dtsc.ca.gov

Really?  Want more information? How about some information. Contact agencies with no contact info?  What does ‘closed’ mean?  This is outrageous. Here is what​ we ​wrote back. Will see how long it takes them to respond. If ever.

We are just making our case that this complaint process is ​worthless. ​We have done due diligence. We are not stupid and we know when we are being duped. If we want those wells shut down we are going to have to take the people responsible for shutting them down to court.

And that would be ​our BOS who has police powers to do it and hasn’t.  You can’t fault the oil companies for trying to get away with murder.

We CAN and WILL however fault our elected officials for intentionally and with knowledge approve permits to drill and dump toxic waste in the unincorporated areas of SLO County.  See it is every Supervisor’s sworn duty to make sure all contractors are licensed and have been certified according to the Code of Federal Regulations and the site has been designated an authorized toxic waste disposal site. That is their job.

There is absolutely no escaping the fact that our Board was warned, noticed and given ample opportunity to do the right thing and shut down those 11 illegal wells. Not to mention the illegal permitting of 35 other wells that had expired. We will not hesitate to do what we must do to insure our own safety health and well being.

This is what I wrote back.

Dear Ms Lancaster,

Re: comp-36003.  I would like the results of the investigation. You can also supply me with the results of the investigation from the other agencies that were involved in the complaint process. I am sorry but informing​us​the complaint is closed is not an appropriate response

We ​need to know what you investigated and what the results were. ‘Closed’ is not an answer.

​​Thank you.

Jean’ne Blackwell

Also got another letter from the Attorney General that is a carbon copy of 3 previous letters sent to us in response to our complaints and petition.   Every complaint was met with the same response.  No confidence at all in process or the agency. These form letters are insulting. We deserve better. They are attached.

Our issues are verifiable and valid.  Random injection of unauthorized toxic waste in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo is a violation of the State and Federal Codes and local planning and zoning ordinances. And something else State and local officials and agencies are ignoring.

There are penalties attached to those shut down deadlines.  Who has Fiduciary responsibility to collect? The Attorney General, DOGGR, Water Resource Control Board,  EPA, Governor?   Who is in charge of enforcing the DOGGR directives and mandates?  All of the above. So who is shirking their duty and responsibilities to the people of this State?  All of the above.

​Thirteen​ billion dollars could take care of a lot of infrastructure and fire damage from climate change that the oil industry is causing.  Silence is consent. No one has demanded the wells be shut down and penalties applied.

I guess it is up to us now. ​

And if not us then who?

Feb. 15 will be one year 1650 wells in California are in violation of a shut down deadline. 1650 gross polluters flipping us off while elected officials exercise selective hearing loss.  It’s not like the gross polluters didn’t know they were in violation of the shut down.  They were properly warned and noticed years in advance of the deadline.

It appears very much like the polluters and state officials have a gentleman’s agreement when it comes to not enforcing deadlines. It happens a lot. But never mind.  No one ever does anything about it so it gets forgotten. Yea, ​not this time.   We have filed complaints and petitions about the neglect of public officials and agencies to act in our best interest and in a timely manner. We have gotten the bums rush from Air Resources, EPA, DOGGR and Attorney General.  We ​have no reason to believe they have any interest in ​responding to our complaints.

We have given every official and State agency involved in this ​charade a chance to do the right thing and get the oil fields certified safe and registered.  We have petitioned the Board of Supervisors with over 89,000 signatures from local municipalities local environmental organizations, local residents and visitors from across the state, United States and Beyond to no avail.

We have contacted DOGGR, Water Resources, EPA and the State Attorney General who has time to sue Trump 21 times for violating implementation of rules and regulation but can’t enforce one simple shut down order in his own state.  We have done due diligence.

​We have a paper trail of neglect.​

Here is what happens when people, safety rules and regulations, policy and guide lines State and Federal laws are not observed, enforced and knowingly and willfully ignored and dismissed by elected officials.

A Landfill Is Consuming This Historic Alabama Community. The EPA Ignored Complaints. Now the Case Is Closed.

And this happens.

This Town Is So Toxic, They Want It Wiped off the Map

“Every single neighbor I’ve had has died of cancer.

Years of abuse goes on under the watchful eyes of lead agencies and elected officials.  Sound familiar?  No one paid any attention to the gymnasts who complained about abuse by the team doctor.  All official had to do was follow up on the complaints​ to make things right.

Years ​of abuse in Hollywood by people in power because no one followed up on complaints until now. Everything changed when the people in charge do the right thing.  What are we waiting for?  If our BOS ​won’t do it on their own then we must force them to enforce the rules and regulations.  That’s what the courts are for.

The Arroyo Grande Oil field does not have, has never had, an EPA ID number. That is grounds for immediate closure.

An exemption is not a substitute for an EPA ID #.  An EPA ID # is mandatory before you can dump one drop of toxic waste by product into the subterranean surface with fault lines and for good reason.  The site is rigorously inspected and meets very strict safety and health standards under RCRA Title 40  CFR. The site must be certified safe and impermeable for 10,000 years or until the waste is rendered inert whichever comes first.

 

You can’t exempt a site that has never been inspected and certified safe and sits on 3 active fault lines. That is just crazy talk.   So this whole exemption process is just another wham, bam, scam and we are NOT buying it​.

We are not buying it which means we are demanding our Board  produce ​the EPA ID # for AGOF.
They will be hard pressed because there isn’t one and that is a major freaking violation of standards and practices, codes and regulations and more than anything a breach of trust by elected officials and their appointees

​AGOF has never been legally certified or authorized to dispose of toxic waste by products anywhere in SLO County. And dumping has been illegally going on for over 20 years.  Enough is enough and what are we waiting for?

That is what the Feb. 15, 2017 shut down of all unlicensed, unpermitted wells was all about. The reason for the deadline and shut down was to bring all offending non compliant illegal wells into compliance for safety and health reasons.

Never happened. Sentinel is still dumping, still illegal and everyone knows it.  AGOF also cited for neglecting to report dumping of radioactive waste and the violation was ignored.  Abuse celebrated by elected officials and agency ​who continue to block, avoid and dismiss investigation of complaints.

​Board of Supervisors is liable for approving permits to unlicensed contractors. We can prove the Arroyo Grande Oil Field does not have, has never had an EPA ID #.  Supervisor’s liable for partnering up with unlicensed contractors.  Liable means they either make it right and revoke the permit and shut down the illegal operations now or the courts will step in and tell them to do their job and if they still refuse they will be in contempt and go to jail until they come to their senses.

Good to know we have a go to plan and not afraid to use it.  We are done waiting, pleading, begging to be heard and wrongdoers punished.  Dumping toxic waste in our backyard is Wrong ​and we want it stopped now. Making our demands official is what happens next. ​

Is California going to be the next Alabama? West Virginia?  OR is doing the New York thing what real leaders do?     Here is what we have to do. Ready?

Empire State Building Shines Green After NYC’s Decision to Take on Fossil Fuel Industry

 

New York is NOT going to be caught holding a huge portfolio of worthless dinosaur guts like California is determined to do.  Divesting from oil and suing 5 major oil companies for damages caused by climate changing Sandy is going to put New York, New York in the pink and top of the heap.

 

Who is leading this charge? The Mayor of New York. Local Action is inspiring other communities, states and nations ​to do the same.

We are silent no more.

New York residents are going to win because their elected officials care.

​Their elected officials are on their side.​

They are going to win because rules and regulations are only as good as the people that enforce them. And there are good people who care about the rule of law and doing the right thing in New York, Washington and Oregon.

Those States have elected officials who have refused to allow fossil fuels to bully them into dumping toxic industrial waste into their backyard.   NASA has just issued conclusive evidence that methane from oil and gas is the leading cause of climate change. Suing the fossil fuel industry is what real leaders do. Suing the BOS is what real residents do when their elected officials refuse to do their job and keep the community safe as vowed and promised.

Gov. Brown is trying his level best to win the race to the bottom of the barrel by ignoring good science and the good people of this State. Governor Brown Betrays Californians With Massive Giveaway To Big Oil In Cap-And-Trade Program, Reports Consumer Watchdog   So Brown is a waste of space right now.  It is time we take responsibility for getting our elected officials to do their job or else.

​We are the change that needs to happen. We need to change our tune.

What to do here in SLO?   For one thing we can Lawyer up and demand the BOS do their job  to insure contractors are licensed and in compliance with all State and Federal laws. Remind them they can and will be held liable for failing to insure proper licensing.  We have them dead to rights and it is time to start taking care of business of insuring our own safety, health and well being.  Or not.  And we know what ‘or not’ looks like. It looks like Alabama and West Virginia.

There is absolutely no reason why we should live in constant fear of our lives and livelihood because of illegal and unlawful operations going on in our backyard. If we can’t trust our lawmakers to do the right thing then it is time to take the law into our own hands.

​​ And that means we use the courts to restore our legal, lawful rights to a safe, clean environment.

And second thing we can do is to recycle all those parasitic oil loving, brain dead climate deniers, out of office.  We frankly don’t have any use for or time to convince these ne’er do wells that oil is a dying industry and it is killing us.

We do have time, energy and resources to evict their sorry behinds from their positions of power and send them packing to where the sun don’t shine. We can do that.

​Our vote is our voice and cannot be denied.

Democracy is not a spectator sport. We are players and we are in for the win. Stay tuned. Lawyering up in the works.

Happy New Year 2018