Road Trip!!!!

Road Trip

Road Trip

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And then the Banner calling on Brown to do his job

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We are doing it!! You can too.

We are still collecting donations if you are not able to attend the March on March 15 but would like to support our efforts to keep San Luis Obispo county a destination, not  desolation spot. All donations are tax deductible. https://register.ecologistics.org/Shopping/Donate

Just ask yourself these questions if you are in doubt about what fracking is and does.

1) Is fracking going to make SLO county more beautiful?

2) Is fracking a tourist attraction like the strawberry or film festival? Hearst Castle? The whales?

3) Is fracking going to enhance our natural resources?

4) Is fracking approved by the Chamber of Commerce?

5) Does Fracking increase property values?

6) Does Fracking increase farm production?

7) Are we going to have more water? safer roads? cleaner air, reduced risks of earthquakes?

If the answer to all these questions is NO then why would we say yes to Fracking in our community?

And some more big news: Arroyo Grande City Council voted last night unanimously to write a letter to the BOS calling on them to ban Fracking until and when it can be proved safe beyond a shadow of a doubt. That’s #2.

Thank you
We are a grassroots, making a difference, all volunteer action group. Thank you very much.

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Is Regulating damage the answer to a happy, healthy and safe future?

PUBLIC NOTICE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT SCOPING MEETING

‘Price Canyon Oilfield Project (Freeport McMoran Oil & Gas)’ notice attached. WHEN: The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. WHERE: The location of the meeting will be at the South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch St., Arroyo Grande, California. They are going to talk about how much damage frackers can do to the environment and what the privilege will cost them.   Its called pay to play. Nothing new.

Price canyon after Freeport?

It is a very good thing that there are those that do attend these meetings and ask questions. I am not one of them.  At the same time this public notice came to my attention another story about a similiar public hearing taking place in LA came up. They are both about Freeport-McRoRan Gas and Oil.

What I find so extraordinary is that one is a hearing before Fracking (SLO ) and the other is about a hearing after Fracking (West Adams) and the questions being asked are exactly the same. Who’s in charge? It is a little disheartening but at the same time an affirmation that our rights based ordinance is the right thing to do. Why? Because it gives us a right to sue the oil companies for violation of or right to Clean Water and Air. Regulations give the oil companies the right to violate our right to clean water and air.

I am sure the good people of West Adams attended all the public hearings before and asked all the right questions. But now many years later they are back complaining about all the broken promises, violations of the rules and regulations and misinformation that is making their lives miserable.

People, communities don’t have a right to sue for damages and therefore are at the mercy of regulatory agencies to do their bidding for them. That’s what all these hearings are about.

The Oil companies have a right to frack, pollute, rape and pillage at our expense with Loopholes, exemptions and immunities. Without a law asserting our right not to be fracked,  all we have a right to do is beg and plead with the regulatory agencies to, at the very lest look into the damages fracking is causing. They can’t ban it or even stop it, all they can do is regulate the level of harm and fine, penalize  them for going over the legal limit of harm.

These poor people in West Adam  are getting fracked and never had any warning of the unintended consequences. They are desperate. All they want is for it to stop. They are discovering and we should pay close attention to this, that once permission is granted in the form of permits to frack or explore or expand there is no way to revoke permission at least in a timely manner.

It can take years and indeed it has for many of these folks to get any resolution or remedy to all the violations but only if they can prove a violation has even occurred. You would think poisoned ground water, fire-breathing wells, dumps, spills, explosions, sick kids, dead animals, gag orders  would qualify as a violation but that is not how it works.

So just to be clear. This public  hearing is about granting permission, conditional perhaps and with certain stipulations but nonetheless granting permission that will not be revoked if there is a violation of the regulations. They get to keep dumping and spilling and polluting, careless disregard for the rules and regulations because they were just told  “be careful with your operation  or we will cite you for  and give you a stiff fine.”

Even the regulatory agencies don’t have a right to sue for violations. That burden is put on the individual property owners, homeowners, businesses, farms, which of course haven’t got a leg to stand under current laws, rules and regulations. Fracking is legal. So, trying to prove they are doing something illegal and expect to get restitution is all but impossible and the process will bankrupt you either way.

Our County wide Community Bill of Rights and Water Protection Act gives us and our partner, Mother Nature, legal standing and the right to sue the oil companies for violations of our right to clean water, clean air, and a safe and healthy environment for now and in the future. lawsuits are the order of the day. This guarantees we, the people and Mother Nature can sue if our rights are violated. This i a game changer. This evens up the score and cuts out the middle men and  Loopholes.  It’s our land, our water, our air, our oil and we have a right to say NO!!  There will be a lawsuit when this ordinance goes into effect but it will us suing the oil companies for even thinking about using trespassing on our right to a clean, healthy safe environment.

PXP, original operators of the Price canyon oilfields, was bought up by Freeport-McMoRan Oil and Gas. FMOG is a multi-billion dollar transnational corporation that has been in business over a 100 years. KCET reported Freeport’s reputations was so bad that, in 2012, they were nominated for “Worst Corporation on Earth” at the Public Eye Awards in Davos.Freeport has a reputation for misconduct and hellish environmental violations.

Is a company’s reputation taken into consideration upon the permitting process?  NO it isn’t. Even when we are talking about them moving in and sharing the same air, water and space we are all depending on and are using right now, their past deeds are not a consideration.   Forgive me for not believing for one second that they are going to turn over a new leaf and be outstanding neighbors.

Just saying folks that if in fact we can’t take their reputation into consideration at this point and we are being asked to just ignore their past then we have conceded our right to complain or call foul down the road. Evidence of this fact is what is taking place at the LA hearings in West Adam right now.It is not the planning, zoning, air quality control board, water boards or California Coastal Commission’s job to do background checks on businesses. All they need to do is verify that the company applying for a permit  has a valid current business license to operate.

And as we all know for a fact even the worst companies with the worst environmental records and reputations NEVER get their business licenses revoked. BP is going strong so is EXXON, CHEVRON, SHELL, all associated with major disasters. The worst that can happen to them if an ‘accident’ happens  is they are issued citations, not even a cease and desist order, just pay the fine and go about your business. Sure lawsuits are flying all over the place, lawyers get rich and still the birds and wildlife in the gulf are dying.  Oil is still oozing in Prince Williams Alaska from the Exxon Valdez spill  and here in San Luis Obispo county Avila Beach oozes oil from the spill in the late 1990s. Unocal began the cleanup of decades old oil seepage discovered years earlier from corroding pipes under the township, and which had caused a massive and toxic oil spill under the town. They razed the town.

Tank farm explosion  in San Luis Obispo April 1926 , 8,000,000  barrels of oil spilled, burned, escaped into the creeks, rivers, underground. Its a toxic waste area. “Nearly a century has passed, and we are still dealing with contamination issues,” Garcia a Chevon spokesperson said.

So what to do? Only one thing to do. It is our job, our duty, our responsibility to assert our right to life as only clean air and water can provide. And how do we do that? With a game changer. A rights based Community Bill of Rights and Water Protection ordinance that’s how.    But time is running out. Every public hearing gets Freeport closer to their goal of occupying our communal life support systems, air, water and soil.

Our goal is a countywide ban on Fracking and every city, municipality that sends a letter to the Board of Supervisors calling on them to agree to a adopt a countywide ban on fracking is getting us one step closer to our goal to KEEP the FRACK OUT of SLO.

Arroyo Grande has taken the first steps to getting their letter from their City Council. They are doing it!!!   MEETING IN ARROYO GRANDE FEB. 25, 2014 . The address for the AG City Council meeting is 215 E. Branch St. (Village of AG, across the street from Gina’s and Rooster Creek restaurants. ) It was formerly the fire station and has a large, 6 foot diameter clock on the outside of the building.  Meeting time is promptly at 6pm. Tuesday, Feb 25th. Map  Show up, show support, wave hands, don’t have to speak, being there is a big big deal. Let’s raze our collective selves every time a city takes the bold stand to call on the BOS.

Calling on Gov Brown to Ban Fracking before we have actually done it ourselves in a way seems like passing the buck especially if we really expect him to do it. Which I don’t expect he will. I hope I am wrong.  What is preventing us from getting letters from 5 cities, CSD, to the Board of Supervisors before we leave on March 15 to call on Brown?

Three other counties in the State have already committed to countywide bans slated for  the Nov. ballot. They will be protected from any renegade fracking operation wanting to stake a claim while under all the protections of  federal exemptions and absent State regs.  It’s a free for all out there right now and it is like they don’t exist and are invisible until something goes terribly wrong and then

it is too late.

And don’t forget the Nipomo spur extension. They want to bring in Tar Sands Oil from Canada by rail road cars instead of a pipeline.  Above ground, below ground, its all dangerous and we can live without It.  Regulating doesn’t make it safer but banning does.

Year of the Horse Starting off at a Full Gallop

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1) Monday
February 03, 2014 • 5:30 PM
County of SLO Courthouse across from Fremont• 1050 Monterey , San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Monday: Nationwide Vigils to Protest Keystone XL

Thank you Heidi for heading this up. Letting the Nation know local communities take the health and well being of their community very seriously is what a democracy is all about.

Tar Sands oil is a very dirty and very nasty type of oil.  It needs a lot of fixing up and refining before it is good for anything. Phillips 66 in Nipomo is a fixer upper site and has invited Tar Sands oil to their site for treatment.

Pipelines underground, Rail cars above ground. Its all the same. It is moving highly toxic, volatile, flammable, dangerous, potentially deadly and incredibly risky cargo right through our neighborhoods and farm lands without so much as a mother may I.

NO! STOP! KEEP OUT is the only sensible and reasonable response and that is what is happening Monday nite.

Thank goodness for locals in Nipomo “Derail the Rail” who are keeping a constant vigil on the happenings there.   Letter to the Editor New Times Jan. 30. Phillips 66 rail spur project garners a ‘substantial’ number of comments.

Note:   This happened. 75 people showed up and we got KSBY local news coverage at 5,6,10 and 11. Here’s the video.

http://www.ksby.com/news/environmentalists-activists-protest-in-downtown-slo-against-oil-pipeline/

2) Tuesday February 4

Slow Money SLO 2014 Kickoff!

 Feb 4th, 6 pm, SLO Grange.

Not to say money makes the world go around but it can sure help get the ball rolling. Since this is another local organization keeping things up close and personal and has very much to do with our food and local economy am passing this on. Tuesday February 4th at 6 pm at the SLO Grange, 2880 Broad St, San Luis Obispo. For information, please contact jeff@SlowMoneySLO.org or go to: http://www.slowmoneyslo.org/.  Every community needs an organization like this in it.  Counting another one of our Blessings.

And Now, sandwiched right here in the middle, the best part of a sandwich right, An Announcement.
SLO Clean Water Action.org is very proud to announce it has acquired fiscal sponsorship and tax free status.

Now, all those who were just dying to donate monies to help promote this awesome, perpetually motivated, community driven, water loving,  potentially earthshaking (in a good way, of course) grassroots movement whose sole intent and purpose is dedicated to the passage of a rights-based ordinance that insures the preservation and protection of the community’s right to clean water, CAN.   And we have Ecologistics, whose roots are firmly and far reachingly planted in our community to thank for that.

Thank You Ecologistics.

  It now gives me great pleasure to say:

Donations by check can be mailed payable to Ecologistics, Inc. at 4349 Old Santa Fe Road #6, SLO, 93401 (memo on check:   SLO Clean Water Action).  Soon you will be able to make a donation online at www.ecologistics.org.  Monies will be invested in banners, posters, lawn signs, tee shirts, brochures, tabling  and presentation material and hosting events to get this ordinance on the books with the bragging rights that goes to the First County in the State to do it!

3) Friday February 28

Bob Banner is showing Water: The Great Mystery in Morro Bay  Click on link and watch the trailer

Location : Green Lotus
550 Morro Bay Blvd
Morro Bay, CA 93442  Map

SLO Clean Water is co-sponsoring what I can only describe as an extraordinary documentary about water.  I saw this for the first time about 4 years ago.   It is one of those films that just stays with you and quite changes you on both a conscience and sub conscience level. It is quite a trip.

Co-sponsoring means we also can be involved in the discussion and Q&A after.  Discussion will be with those that can give us first hand information and facts on what our water situation is in the county, water levels, sources, availability, short term and long term prognosis, water conservation tips and of course I will be talking about the elephant in the room, fracking.  Hope you can make it.

And Lastly,

Arroyo Grande group, ACWA ( help me Kevin with the translation, sorry)  have taken their first steps to getting their City Council to agree to write a letter calling on Board of Supervisors to agree to a countywide ban on Fracking. Here in Kevin’s own words:
“We were well received and at the end of the meeting Councilwoman Barneich proposed to her colleagues that our request for a letter to the SLO Board of Supervisors be put on a future agenda.  At this point I will contact the city manager to see when that will happen. Then, when we do get an agenda date we will want numerous people to speak to support the effort.” The SLO City Council letter will be presented as a recommended format. Still beaming.  Kevin did not want me getting too excited by this first step and to hold the applause until the fat lady sings but first steps are always the hardest and I think still deserve at the very lest short round of applause.

Still trying to get out the newsletter with updates just so much new stuff.  This could be a year of the stampede.

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