NEWSLETTER #82 BACK IN THE SADDLE.

First, let me dedicate this newsletter in loving memory to Fred Collins who devoted his life to righting wrongs and giving a voice to the voiceless. We are carrying on Fred’s legacy and can feel his energy and divine intervention.
Thank you for blazing this trail for us Fred.  In celebration of a life devoted to caring with all his heart

 Sincerely, SLO CLEAN WATER COMMUNITY.

Now, going to bookend the beginning and the end of this newsletter with something that hopefully will bring a smile to your lips and glide you along in anxious anticipation of the end.   

Hitting the pavement running.

2nd  BOS has been very busy ignoring our right to a healthy and safe environment and putting this entire community at risk with toxic contaminated air and water.


After 6 years and a lot of underhanded shenanigans the BOS is responding to the Center for Biological Diversity’s appeal.  All this comes to a head on Tues, Oct. 19 BOS, in person, wear masks, meeting, 9 am in chambers @ 1055 Monterey, SLO. I will attach CBD’s talking points below to keep this as short and sweet as possible. This is a recent victory for CBD and is a BIG Deal.  THIS IS GREAT MOMENTUM GOING FORWARD.  We can do Great.  https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/california-oil-industry-lobby-group-files-for-bankruptcy-2021-09-08/

If anyone has 3 minutes they could donate to my 3 minutes I could enter into the record a compliant that I filed with the Department of Justice calling out our Board for civil right violations.  Just another level of criminal activity by our BOS.  If I talk real fast and don’t breathe it is 5:42.   Just fill out a speaker sheet on Tuesday and give it to the Clerk and before Tuesday email me you are donating your 3 minutes to me so I can reference it when I am called or if you are called first can pass it onto me when I am called. Thank you.  Just need one.  I can do a cliff note version no worries.  Between CBD and citizen action we got this Board between a rock and a hard place.  

4th Statewide ballot proposition for November 2022. Please pass this on to any other groups or organizations you know so they can pass it onto their members.


This is a first for me. Never put out a DO NOT SIGN THIS PETITION ALERT. So here it is.  It is the ultimate WATER grab that puts a national organization in charge of our water and can override our local and state agencies. I don’t think so. This is toxic legislation. Don’t sign. If they don’t get enough signatures it will not be on the ballot. The Water Infrastructure Funding Act of 2022

It is a proposition for the Nov 2022 ballot and from the same people who brought us the recent recall + Poseidon and the Resnicks, who murdered hundreds of native Paso oaks  (Fiji Water, Pom, etc) without so much as a mother may I.  Resnicks very cozy with the PAC. Guilt by association. Oh yea.

Petitioners are well funded so the signature gatherers will be paid per signature.

The name of the proposition: The Water Infrastructure Funding Act of 2022   DO NOT SIGN.

And finally, I was driving to Trader Joes in SLO yesterday and Bob Banner popped into my head as I passed by Creekside mobile home park.  And it just so happens 9 years ago today Oct 12, 2012 we held a Democracy School at the Creekside Club House courtesy of Bob Banner who donated the space. Bob was a very integral part of this community. I miss his presence.  The park must have some of his residual energy. He is living in Oregon. Making a difference in his new community I am sure.  Join me in sending him best wishes and an avalanche of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious  ideas.
and finally, Join me in sending Love and healing Light to Jules London.


As promised a happy ending. Keep smiling. Have fun.

So much love.

HAVE TO WATCH THIS. THIS IS USA.INC.

STEVEN DONZIGER. LAWYER THAT WON A BILLION DOLLAR PLUS LAWSUIT AGAIN CHEVRON FOR POLLUTING THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES LAND IN ECUADOR.
https://www.michaelmoore.com/p/kafka-in-america-it-cant-happen-here



UPDATE: Marking the 6 year anniversary of a community committed to protecting and safeguarding its water and air for itself and future generations.

to boardofsups@co.slo.ca.us

To the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors:

  In every case of irreversible and irreparable harm, damage and suffering perpetrated on a trusting and obedient constituency there is an elected official governing body willfully and with intent refusing to enforce and uphold local, State or Federal Safety and Health rules, laws, regulations and Codes.

  In every case where the public’s trust has been breached by elected officials who refuse to hold certain ‘preferential’ businesses to Health and Safety codes that guarantee the prevention of undue harm, death and suffering on the general public at large, there is a public elected governing body allowing it to happen by refusing to do their job of upholding and enforcing Safety and Health Codes, rules and regulations on behalf of those they have vowed to protect.

  In every case where constituent’s voices are silenced, ignored, dismissed and thereby relegated to second class citizen status there is a governing body trespassing on our unalienable and Constitutional right to be heard, recognized and respected as persons with inherent, intrinsic value and worth entitled to equal protection and justice under the law. We know we have rights.

In every case of these most violent transgressions of willful abuse of power by refusing to enforce compliance with Health and Safety Codes mandated by Law in regards to the Arroyo Grande Oil Field, owner operator Sentinel Peak Resources LLC, we the people of San Luis Obispo County are holding you, the San Luis Obispo County lead agency directly responsible for endangering the lives and livelihoods of children, elderly, students, agriculture, retail businesses and all living sentient beings that are absolutely dependent on a clean, safe, unencumbered  healthy access to water and air that most assuredly is being compromised, jeopardized, vandalized and terrorized by your willful intent to allow illegal and unlawful activity to transpire at the AGOF. 

We can cite many transgressions that can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are in violation of enforcement of those Health and Safety Codes that guarantee our safety and well being and therefore must in good faith take it upon ourselves to alert the proper authorities for our own safety and well being.

So please regard this as your third and final notice to bring the AGOF into compliance with:

         1) Code of Federal Regulations Title 40 section 144.11 et al Class I Underground Injection Control per RCRA disposal of toxic waste into earthquake fault zones relative to eleven plus wells cited by Federal and State EPA as non compliant and which an aquifer exemption does not preclude compliance and

           2) State compliance with the plugging and securing of 40 plus abandon wells at the AGOF which jeopardizes the safety of our ground water with contamination of toxic uncontrolled, unknown, unregulated, chemical substances and puts the burden of compliance on the county at a cost of up to one million dollars per well that we as a community did not agree or sign onto and

           3) The failure of the Governing Board and lead Agency, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, to hold public hearings on the Conditional Use permit for the AGOF and

           4) Thereby allowing Sentinel Peak Resources, LLC to operate within our boundaries without any input from those that will be directly impacted physically, financially and
constitutionally constitutes fraudulent criminal trespass by elected officials on our Constitutional human right to be safe and secure in our living environment.

           5) Finally we regard the moral and ethical assault on our well being by this Board of Supervisors to be an act that gravely violates the sentiment and accepted standards of this community.  We regard the Board’s conduct to be contrary to this community’s standards of justice, honesty, and good morals. Crimes involving moral turpitude have an inherent quality of baseness, vileness, and depravity with respect to a person’s duty to another or to society in general.

  So in conclusion please be advised that you have until Monday October 18, 2021 to rectify these transgressions by notifying Sentinel to cease and desist operations until and when they have met and satisfied all local, State and Federal Safety and Health Codes.   You have had at the very least 6 years to do your job that honors and respects those you have been put in charge of protecting with enforcement of Health and Safety codes that ensure and guarantee our well being.

  Your intent to honor this rightful and legal demand within that time frame would be appreciated if, however, you choose otherwise then on October 19, 2021 this demand will be forwarded to the Department of Justice as a formal complaint against the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.  And we will be asking for your resignation in lieu of criminal charges forthcoming.
  Thank you,
  Sincerely,
Jean’ne Blackwell
resident/ constituent/concerned citizen
September 23, 2021

Newsletter#81: Six years later. Arroyo Grande Oil Field still in contempt and harboring criminal activity. Follow up on Newsletter #36 posted Aug. 25, 2015.

SLO County approved dozens of illegal oil wells at Arroyo Grande facility, group alleges

BY MACKENZIE SHUMAN

UPDATED AUGUST 23, 2021 04:38 PM
Tribune

For six years, San Luis Obispo County resident Natalie Risner says she trusted the government to do the right thing.

She trusted county and state officials to follow the law and stay true to their word that no new oil wells would be drilled at the Arroyo Grande oil field off Price Canyon Road until proper permits were administered and environmental review was conducted.

“I‘m trusting that the state and the county are not going to allow someone to operate in a dangerous or destructive or possibly, you know, contaminating way in our county,” said Risner, who lives near the oil field. “And so to find out that they’re not doing their job is really hard to take.”

But according to an environmental group, that’s what is happening. It says illegal drilling has occurred for years under an expired permit by an oil company that took advantage of confusing language about what qualifies as “new” vs. “replacement” wells.

Since 2017, Sentinel Peak Resources, which operates the wells at the Arroyo Grande oil field, has received approval from the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission and California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) officials to drill at least 37 new wells, 21 of which already are in operation, according to records obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit watchdog environmental group.

As recently as March, the county approved 14 of those 37new wells at the facility, according to the records.

However, the Center says those approvals were improper and illegal because the permit authorizing new oil wells on the property expired in 2015, it alleges in a letter to county officials Monday.

Steve McMasters, a supervising planner at the county who has overseen the operations at the Arroyo Grande oil field, said the county planning department has been approving the wells because they simply replace old wells that are not functioning anymore.

Additionally, McMasters said the replacement wells are within the existing footprint of the already-graded land — therefore not causing any further land disturbance.

“Certainly, the top hole location is definitely very different in some cases. But again, you’re drilling a well on an existing well pad where there’s other existing wellheads,” he said. “For us to determine it’s a replacement, really the bottom hole, where they’re pulling the oil out of, is more important than where the top hole is, just because there’s so many pads options available out there. You know, from a use perspective, that entire area has essentially been approved for oilfield use.”

The Tribune reached out to Sentinel for comment but did not hear back before publication.

“CalGEM coordinated with the County to ensure that CalGEM’s approvals were consistent with local land use approvals,” wrote California Oil & Gas Supervisor Udak-Joe Ntuk, head of CalGEM, in an email to The Tribune.

The now-expired “conditional use permit, ” which dates back to 2005, allowed for 130 total wells to be drilled on the property, including 95 production wells, 30 injection wells and five water disposal wells. As of 2015, when the permit’s sunset clause went into effect, 63 production wells, 31 injection wells and five water disposal wells were drilled on the property, for a total of 99 wells.

Freeport McMoRan, which owned the oil-drilling operation at the time, applied for an extension to its permit to drill the remaining 31 wells by 2018. The county approved that extension request, but it was quickly appealed by the Center for Biological Diversity out of environmental concerns — therefore halting any construction of new wells until the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors could hear the appeal.

Six years later, the Board of Supervisors is finally set to hear the appeal on Oct. 19.

Within that time frame, however, the oil field has been far from quiet.


The actively-pumping oil well, “17-6SPL R,” is a “replacement well” to replace well “17-6SPL,” which was supposedly plugged and abandoned, according to data from CalGEM. The county approved this well in January 2018. Directly adjacent to it, in the foreground, a new well, “17-5SPM R” was approved by the county for construction in March 2021. Laura Dickinson LDICKINSON@THETRIBUNENEWS.COM

NEW OWNER TAKES OVER OIL FIELD

The Arroyo Grande oil well operation changed hands in 2017 after Sentinel Peak Resources, a Denver-based energy company, bought the field in early 2017 for $592 million in cash upfront. A news release at the time said the company would pay an additional $150 million over the subsequent three years if the price of crude oil averaged $70 per barrel or higher.

Since 2017, Sentinel applied for and county and state officials approved an additional 37 wells (15 production and 22 injection) on the property, bringing the total up to 136 approved wells — exceeding the original permit’s limit — according to the records obtained by the Center.

Sentinel had not applied for a new conditional use permit to build those wells, nor did it conduct an additional environmental review on the impacts the additional wells could have on the property, according to the Center’s records.

“What we’re seeing here is that through this replacement well process, they’ve really just blown through and maxed out the wells that were allowed under the 2005 permit,” said Liz Jones, a staff attorney with the Center. “So at this point, legally, Sentinel can’t get approval for more wells without that new permit and environmental review.”

It seems what exactly the state and county were approving differed — new vs. replacement — according to the language used by Sentinel in its applications, the records show.

Since 2017, Sentinel has requested “new drill” permits from CalGEM for each new well it wished to “re-drill” on the property, according to CalGEM documents.

CalGEM then improperly approved those permits without checking to see if Sentinel was operating on a valid permit that would have allowed them to drill new wells on the property, the Center alleges.

“The County of San Luis Obispo has determined that re-drills of existing wells are covered under the most recent and current conditional use permit,” according to documents obtained by the Center.

Once it received approval from the state for those “new drill” permits, Sentinel submitted permit requests to the county planning commission for “replacement wells.”

“Replacement wells are necessary to maintain existing oil field operations by abandoning a failed well and drilling a new well to take its place in approximately the same location,” according to Sentinel’s notice-to-proceed applications submitted to the county and obtained by the Center. “Replacement wells do not result in any additional land surface disturbance; cause no appreciable increase in environmental impacts; do not increase overall well count; and do not result in any significant change to the utilization of the resource.”

Under state law, an oil drilling operator must apply for “new drill” permits to drill new wells. If it wishes to re-drill a well, it must apply for a rework permit, according to state law.

There is no such thing as a “replacement well” under state or county law.

CENTER SAYS SENTINEL HAS EXPLOITED UNLAWFUL LOOPHOLE TO DRILL NEW OIL WELLS

Regardless of whether the newly permitted wells are “re-drills” or “replacement wells,” most have been constructed or are set to be constructed in completely different areas on the Arroyo Grande property than the wells they are purportedly replacing, according to the Center and analysis of CalGEM records by The Tribune.

Additionally, some of the old wells are still actively pumping oil, while their replacements are also pumping oil, according to CalGEM records.

For example, “9L,” an oil well that initially began pumping oil in 1987 sits about 120 feet away from “9L R,” a “replacement well” also currently pumping oil that was approved by the county on Sept. 16, 2019, to be built.

Another well, “17H-2,” was deemed idle by CalGEM in December 2020. “17H-2 R,” its “replacement well,” was approved by the county on March 10 of this year — it has yet to be built but will sit about one-fifth of a mile away from “17H-2.”

About 12 pairs of these wells — the old wells and their replacements — are located many feet away from each other, according to an analysis by The Tribune.

Many wells have been plugged and abandoned, a common practice at the end of an oil well’s life, while their replacements have been constructed either several feet away or in the same footprint, according to the CalGEM records.

“The semantic sleight of hand employed by Sentinel and the County with regard to ‘re-drilling’ and ‘replacement wells’ appears to be designed to mask a clear legal violation,” the Center wrote in its letter to county officials Monday. “Nothing in Sentinel’s CUP (conditional use permit), Phase IV EIR (environmental impact review for the conditional use permit), or state or county regulations allows continued expansion of an oil field without CUP authorization and environmental review under the CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act), yet this is exactly what has occurred during the pendency of this appeal.”

The Center further alleges that Sentinel is exploiting “an unlawful ‘replacement well’ loophole to continue to drill wells in the Arroyo Grande oil field without the proper permits or environmental review.”

McMasters from the county said the planning department concluded that approving the replacement wells is similar “to other authorized facilities” at the Arroyo Grande oil field.

“For instance, if there’s a wellhead that is no longer functioning, let alone the downhole part of it — that’s typically, those sorts of things are replaced on a regular basis, as needed,” he said. “As you would expect with any industrial facility, we don’t really want to destroy facilities for not replacing or upgrading facilities.”

McMasters said that in order for the approved wells to be considered replacement wells, they have to be “tapping into the same area” even though the “top of the well, where it’s being drilled, doesn’t necessarily have to be in the same location as the old well.”

There are “a lot of well pads already out there,” McMasters said, so there wouldn’t be additional trees being cut down or paths being cleared for new wells.

Jones, the staff attorney at the Center, said the actions by the state, county and Sentinel are “very troubling.”

“This replacement law concept is completely made up,” she said. “Plugging and abandoning a well is a legal requirement for every well that gets permitted. So it’s really absurd to say that if an operator fulfills its legal obligation by plugging and abandoning a well, then it’s somehow entitled to drill another well without further review.

“If this were the case, by this logic operators could just drill an infinite number of wells without any further review as long as they were plugging and abandoning the wells along the way.”

McMasters noted that the resource Sentinel is tapping into is limited, so they cannot drill unlimited wells there. Each replacement well simply ensures it can keep tapping into the resource while the old wells are put out of service, he said.

Here, oil well “18M R” pumps at the Arroyo Grande oil field. This well supposedly “replaced” oil well “18M,” and was approved by the county in January 2018. Another new well, “13 R,” was approved by the county in March 2021 to be constructed directly to the left of “18M R.” Laura Dickinson LDICKINSON@THETRIBUNENEWS.COM

CONCERNS ABOUT UNKNOWN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH NEW OIL WELLS

Beyond the alleged violations of state and county law carried out by Sentinel, Jones and locals say the addition of 37 new wells on the property since 2017 could be incredibly detrimental to the environment.

Most concerning is the number of injection wells approved by the state and county for the property, according to the Center.

Sentinel has received approval to drill 22 new injection wells at the site since 2017, bringing the total of that type of wellup to 53, a marked difference from the 30 originally approved for construction in the conditional use permit that expired in 2015, according to the Center’s records.

Injection wells shoot hot steam into an oil reservoir underground, which thins the oil and makes it easier to draw up from the ground.

According to the environmental impact review conducted for the 2005 conditional use permit, “well drilling, workover, re-drilling or steam injection activities could experience a well blow-out resulting in the uncontrolled release of fluids and possibly explosion and fire.”

To prevent these oil spills or explosions from happening, Sentinel is required to use “adequate blowout prevention equipment” for each well, which it appears to have done, according to CalGEM records.

Additionally, the injection wells impact groundwater in the area.

In 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exempted portions of the aquifer that lies beneath Sentinel’s oil wells from the Safe Water Drinking Act.

This was granted largely because the portions of the aquifer where Sentinel plans to inject wastewater underground are not currently used for drinking water and will not be able to be used as such in the future because it contains “commercially producible quantities of hydrocarbons.”

Recent research has found that “people living near drilling sites have a higher risk for developing cancer, increased asthma attacks, higher hospitalization rates and more upper respiratory problems and rashes,” according to the Center.

Residents such as Natalie Risner, who lives close to the Arroyo Grande oil field, worry about their water and air quality deteriorating because of the expanding oil field.

“It’s really sad and upsetting and it makes me worry about my well, it makes me worry about the water in our neighborhood. It makes me worry about the air quality,” Risner said. “And, everything, all the environmental factors that are not being reviewed before taking action on this. It sounds like pretty neglectful action.”

Risner spearheaded the creation of the local grassroots organization, Protect Price Canyon, which advocated against oil field expansion beginning back in 2015.

The advocacy action from the group largely died off after Measure G — a proposed measure that would have banned fracking and new fossil fuel extraction in parts of the county — failed in the 2018 election, and after the Center’s appeal to Freeport McMoRan’s extension request to drill the 31 oil wells supposedly halted any new development at the oil field.

“It’s, you know, not my job to regulate the oil company,” Risner said. “It’s not right for constituents to have to be the ones that are being the watchdog.”

The exact impacts the oil field may be having on the environment aren’t completely clear, given the last environmental impact report was finalized in 2004, said Mary Ciesinski, executive director of ECOSLO, the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo.

“Sentinel seems to be riding the coattails of that 2004 permit without taking into account more recent information that we know now,” Ciesinski said. “There’s new information in the past 15 years about natural resource conservation, about climate change impacts, and all of that should be taken into consideration before new oil drilling or steam injection or the other production wells, water disposal wells before all of those are being allowed.”

At the Board of Supervisor’s Oct. 19 meeting, the Center is asking the county to halt the illegal drilling activities and deny the extension request to build the 31 wells.

s Mackenzie Shuman primarily writes about Cal Poly, SLO County education and the environment for The Tribune. She’s originally from Monument, Colorado, and graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2020. When not writing, Mackenzie spends time outside hiking, running and rock climbing

***** And this is not the half of it. We are in the worst drought in our history and the AGOF is using 1.5 million gallons of fresh water to create a toxic soup they will use to inject into the earth to extract crude that produces an even more toxic concoction of chemicals that they then illegally dispose of god knows where into subterranean soil in our back yard. There is no record of the disposal sites (out of site out of mind) because there is no permit to trace the activity.

And the uncapped wells, lord knows how many there are, are going to be SLO county’s responsibility if Sentinel decides to bolt leaving us with a debt we as taxpayers did not sign onto. It was the Board’s responsibility as lead agency to require Sentinel to plug the abandon wells, as well as get UIC certified Class I injection well permits for the 11 Injection wells before Sentinel drilled for one drop of crude. Unlicensed wells put tons of toxic waste into our aquifer and ground water putting the entire community at risk of irreversible and irreparable harm to its water sources. You can’t un poison a well.

The Board ignores and flips off any action to rectify the activity and bring Sentinel into compliance with health and safety codes. So out of desperation and in an attempt to get the Board to pay attention to their duty and responsibilities I filed a formal complaint with the Grand Jury citing all the irregularities and inconsistencies plus a few more mentioned above. There is no guarantee the Grand Jury will take up the complaint. But I pray for the sake of our safety, health and well being that they do investigate. Our lives and livelihood depend on it. And there are many other municipalities in this State dealing with exactly the same issues of non responsive officials who could also benefit with a new way to get elected officials to pay attention and do their jobs and do it right or else. And the or else is there are consequences for not doing their job to keep us safe. Consequences for criminal trespass on our rights to be safe and child endangerment to name a few can result in removable from office and jail time. What the Board is doing or better yet not doing is criminal.

This is the link to Newsletter #36 https://slocleanwateraction.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/newsletter-36-newsflash-doggr-hearing-on-arroyo-grande-aquifer-exemptions/

******** JB

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.