Newsletter#80 2020 is a wrap

For openers here is some Christmas cheer. Word is that this year poinsettias make people happy. So I am going to shower you with some happy and hopefully you will be very happy by the end of this newsletter.

Words of wisdom.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
—Dan Millman
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the

existing model obsolete.” —Buckminster Fuller

This is our mantra going forward

Thank you for participating in the Sentinel Environmental award. We did get nominated and an honorable mention. Presentation Thursday, December 10th at 7 pm.

The four recipients of the 2020 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship were Edith Abeyta of North

Braddock, Pennsylvania, Yvette Arellano of Houston, Texas, and Brenda Jo “BJ” McManama of Fairmont, West Virginia.

During the ceremony, they will also recognize 29 other spectacular individuals who were nominated for this award.

Good job people. You Got SLO on the map and in very good company of like minded, caring community activist. We can help each other. So thank you very much. Here’s a link if you want to attend it’s a pay as you can. https://www.fractracker.org/sentinels Thank you.

Update Grand Jury complaint: The Grand Jury is passing the complaint onto the new Jury taking charge in January. The complaint ended up being 163 pages with all the bells and whistles. I suspect it was too much for them to handle before their term expired. I did try to keep it simple and straight forward. But never mind. We have waited this long and since this is about abandoning the old way of doing things and introducing a brand new way of doing business with our elected officials – New year. New way. New Perfect.

Important: Call to Action. The Board of Supervisors needs to hear from us about a renewal on a moratorium on sewage sludge. Sludge is nasty stuff. Poop. David Broadwater and

Holly Sletterland has been Championing this cause for 23 years. And here’s the deal. NOTICE: Sewage Sludge Land Application Ordinance
SLO County Board of Supervisors

Agenda Item: Extend Ordinance until 2026

On December 15th, the SLO County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing and vote on whether to extend the current interim moratorium ordinance on sewage sludge land application until March 31, 2026. Our position is we want the moratorium extended on no uncertain terms.

Contact the Board Clerk and/or your supe with your comment. Contact info below. You can text, email or leave a 3-minute message that will be played aloud at the meeting. COOL.

This ordinance has been successfully protecting SLO County’s ground and surface water, soil, air. food, agricultural viability, public health and wildlife since 2004, when our county took control over sewage sludge land application from the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board due to the inadequacy of its oversight and permission of land application of excessively polluted sewage sludge.

“Numerous State and local agencies, as well as private citizens, non-profit agencies and other interested parties were involved in the development of the original ordinance. And to make this even more relevant and critical to our safety and wellbeing consider… we are in Covid Mode….

If a few droplets from an infected person can expose you to covid imagine what poop on your food could do. We are talking about sewage contaminated with covid and spreading it on food crops that end up on our table. It also is a runoff issue that ends up in the creeks and water supply. This Board needs to feel your disgust and disdain about spreading covid with sewage sludge and therefore extend the moratorium. Click links.

https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Board-of- Supervisors/Board-Meetings,-Agendas-and-Minutes.aspx Board Meetings, Agendas and Minutes check back on Wednesday to see what agenda item # it is to put on your submission.

BofS & Clerk Email Addresses: ad_board_clerk@co.slo.ca.us, darnold@co.slo.ca.us, jpescho ng@co.slo.ca.us, bgibson@co.slo.ca.us, lcompton@co.slo.ca.u s

This is what we are dealing with.

Despite over 600 emails and calls to the Board opposing raising the campaign financing amount from $4700 to $25,000 the Board passed it while intentionally dismissing and ignoring the fact that the 3rd district was not represented. Good example of very poor leadership and dishonorable and shameful behavior by elected officials. They could have postponed the vote until the vacancy was

filled but instead didn’t care if all the voters in the 3rd district were MIA.

Governor Newsom appointed Dawn Ortiz-Legg as 3rd district interim but not in time to get in on the vote. So just a heads up on what we are dealing with with this Board. Please let them know how you feel about extending the moratorium on the poop ordinance. Give the Board your 2 cents. It’s worth it.

Thank you.

And, lastly Brittany local wonder woman filmmaker,
Where there once was water, photographer, farmer had a

brain storm. As a fundraising idea she put her photos on facemasks. So if you would like something unique and original here is the link https://www.redbubble.com/people/brittanyapp/shop. You could frame them after the pandemic is over. They are works of art. I got the dahlia. I thougth it was a lotus either way it is beautiful.

Well, That’s it for 2020 friends. Are you Happy yet? Just in case, here is a big beautiful 2020 sendoff.

And a big warm and cozy 2021 welcome to Peace on Earth

So much Love my friends

Newsletter #75 this is a wrap for 2020- We done good -real good

Brief history of SLO Clean Water May help with the form at the bottom.

SLO Clean Water was conceived at a Transition Town following up meeting to act on a Bill McKibbon’s lecture Oct 7, 2011 at the Fremont theatre in San Luis Obispo.

From there we held a CELDF democracy school and drafted a Community Bill of Rights ordinance.  

Went on to host an overflow Town Hall meeting with Pennsylvania CELDF leaders, activists from Santa Barbara, Hua Native American, and newly formed local SLO CLEAN ENERGY GROUP organizing alternative clean energy sources.

Petition drives gathering over 85,000 signatures from local municipalities and environmental groups to ban fracking in SLO County which we presented to the Board of Supervisors.   May 20, 2014

Cuesta College and Cal Poly Students formed Students Against Fracking and collected signatures and made their first ever presentation to the Board of Supervisors

SLO Community boarded buses and marched on Sacramento and Oakland on 3 separate occasions calling on Governor Brown to ban Fracking.

Co hosted and coordinated Josh Fox presentation – Calvin Tillman – court attendance for Center for Biological diversity lawsuit against Board of Supervisors.

Organized community attendance for hearings on Aquifer exemption –

Teamed up with Santa Barbara and Monterey communities to pass local ban on fracking.

Organized signature gathering to ban fracking and delivered to State Representatives Monning, Katcho Achadjian, Federal representatives Salud Carbajal, Lois Capps, State Attorney General Becerra, DOGGR and State Water Resource Board.

Hugs and Kisses fundraiser to file legal complaint against Board of Supervisors.  July 2018

And most recently filed a complaint with the Grand Jury against the Board of Supervisors for failure to enforce conditions precedent to issuance of permit to drill at the AGOF. Oct. 2020 

Attached.

We know first hand from dealing with Covid what can happen to the economic well being of a community when health issues threaten to adversely affect the entire community.

SLO is a destination spot. Agriculture and tourism are 2 of its greatest sources of income. Contaminated water from fracking chemicals and suffocating air emissions from flair towers and leaking wells can shut us down.

Hopefully this complaint will be a wake call to elected officials who have a history of ignoring and dismissing complaints from citizens. Today we are acting in a manner that has legal consequences and that is the difference this time around.

If the Board refuses to comply with demand to get mandated licenses and certification immediately from Sentinel the Board will face a Grand Jury indictment. I like the sound of that. And……

Now, for something that is just a little hard for me but here goes. I need to ask you to please vote/nominate me for Community Sentinel (ironic) Award for Environmental Stewardship.

Reason is that an award of this caliber will generate attention to our community and will highlight solutions that demonstrate and empower/encourage other communities to do the same.

New ways of dealing with local officials and getting results is always good to know.  We have done a lot. This would be strokes for the whole community. Getting a lot of other like minded people together is always good for the cause. 

Well, somebody has to do it.  You’re welcome. That is me trying to be cool with kind of an awkward moment. Boy I could never be a politician.and ask for votes. The tip jar did make me a little braver.

Thank you friends.   Deadline: Friday Oct. 23, 2020. Sorry for the short notice but just got this myself.

Will take about 15 minutes to fill out the form and you do not have to ‘attend’ to submit the nomination.  Thank you very much.

Reason why we are doing the Grand Jury thing.

We do not want to be another Flint, Michigan, Refuggio, Aliso Canyon, Chevron Refinery disaster,  Richmond, CA   Nipomo Dunes disaster where 12 million gallons of diluent was slowly released over a 35 year period into the dunes, beach, groundwater, and Pacific Ocean. Industry was self regulated back then and still is. So reoccurrence of wrongdoing is inevitable unless we do something about it. Doing something is holding our elected officials accountable tor allowing unlicensed operators to dump toxic hazardous waste in our backyard and making sure there are consequences for wrongdoing.

In every single case where safety and health codes were ignored it ended in a disaster.  Prevention is the cure.


I have also included a draft of the Grand Jury complaint. Couldn’t wait till it was perfect to send. May need a nice glass of wine to get through it.  Oh my goodness I have sweated blood over this thing and I am so so so grateful and relieved it’s done. The moose is up. (Fawlty Towers)

Did you know……

A grand jury is a jury – a group of citizens – empowered by law to conduct legal proceedings and investigate potential criminal conduct, and determine whether criminal charges should be brought. A grand jury may subpoena physical evidence or a person to testify.


A grand jury is separate from the courts, which do not preside over its functioning. The function of a grand jury is to accuse persons who may be guilty of a crime, but the institution is also a shield against unfounded and oppressive prosecution. It is a means for lay citizens, representative of the community, to participate in the administration of justice.

It can also make presentments on crime and maladministration in its area. Grand Jury is empowered to issue a mandate to the Board to do their job or face the consequences of criminal charges.

 Because of Covid this Grand Jury has agreed to remain seated until December. Ours is a simple case.  They should be able to handle it and complete it before December.   I’m hoping.

Sending you all so much love and hugs and for best best wishes coming  true.  It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

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We done good people.  Real real good. So so proud.  We have done a lot, made a difference and survived this extraordinary time in history. It has been an absolute pleasure and joy being on this journey with all of you. I am realizing so many of you have been here from the start – 9 years.   Wow.  Where do we go from here?  Oh I have plans. Big plans.  Happy Glorious Beautiful New Year.  So much Love.

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

OR

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