Newsletter #65 – Its a court thing.

Hard to keep the spirits up with so many life shattering events in the news. So let me begin this newsletter with something completely different and for no other reason than it was an event that didn’t make the news but did lift the spirits.

Needing something besides a quart of vanilla ice cream and lemoncello to lift my spirits this did the trick.  It’s just 2 minutes long and zero calories.

Patsy Cline High School Reunion Lip Sync   

Hope that helped a little and got a smile.  And on that note, hold that thought and lets take it one step further with some good news.

The Center for Biological Diversity is making a case on June 15, right here in “River City” on behalf of the law -The Rule of Right- that DOGGR and Freeport McMoRan messed up and did a wrong thing by allowing the dumping of toxic waste in our backyard and is asking the court to make it right.

Making it right means halting the illegal dumping now and in the future until and when compliance with the very strict State and Federal safe dumping standards are met.

Sounds simple right? Well, here comes the good part where we all come into play with a song in our hearts and can make a real difference by simply showing up.

This hearing on Thursday, June 15, is a biggy folks. Unlike all our many unanswered pleas and begging of DOGGR, our Board of Supervisors and even the Governor of our State to do the right thing and nothing happened, this is different. Our pleas are now in the hands of the court and when the court speaks everybody listens and things happen or else.

We will want to be there and hear what the court has to say.

So this is a cordial invite to one and all to bear witness to a happening.

On Thursday, June 15, the happening begins at 8:00 a.m. on the steps of the Palm Street entrance to the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse.

Our presence on the steps at 8:00 a.m. and in the courtroom at 9:00 a.m. is a validation of our right to be heard, recognized and acknowledged and nobody can take that away from us.

This is the first day of the rest of our lives. The court is hearing our pleas and everyone has to listen.  A prayer is being answered. We need to be there. The public hearing starts at 9:00 a.m.

So, with everything that is going on in our lives right now and there is a lot and it is all important, if you had to make a choice about what is going to have the greatest impact today on our tomorrows, let it be this day Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 a.m. at the Palm Street entrance to the courthouse.  These kinds of happenings don’t happen everyday. Showing up to this hearing is so worthy of your every effort to make it happen.

Thank you folks for being here.

Now just one more thing most deserving of our attention.

 

In loving Memory of

 

 

David J. Sneed

A champion of journalistic excellence, David Sneed, passed away on May 29.  “Dave wrote for The Tribune for 20 years, covering the environment and major county issues, ranging from the Paso Robles groundwater crisis to seismic and safety concerns at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. He was known for his keen analysis and ability to explain complex issues in clear, straightforward language.” So loved and respected he will truly be missed. Sincerest condolences to the family.  Here is a link for more information.   http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanluisobispo/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=185730972#sthash.sQtJSQJ4.d



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter #63- Good Job

5 things
#1
Peschong recused himself on the consent item on setting the hearing; he has promised to recuse on the Phillips 66 decision also. So, now there will be 4 Supervisors, chaired by Adam Hill, and it would take three votes to reverse the Planning Commission denial.

Government Code Title 3. Division 2. part 2. Chapter 1. Article 1  (OMG this took some work.  thank you C.H.!)
§ 25005. Transaction of business
A majority of the members of the board constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. No act of the board shall be valid or binding unless a majority of all the members concur therein.


That means if there is a 2-2 split there is no majority and reversing the planning commission’s denial of the project is denied.

Phillips has appealed the Planning commissions decision to the Board of Supervisors. They didn’t like being told NO.  No surprise they are looking to show just cause why the decision was in error and should be reversed.  They are on the defense.  This is a good thing.

The planning commission did everything right. They took all the hundreds of public comments, emails, data, reports, peer reviews,  government studies, letters signed by the National Teachers Association, Health and Safety professionals, Environmental organizations, official letters from peer community leaders from across the State and United States and voted to deny the permit.  We did a damn good job of presenting our case to the planning commission and the planning commission did a damn good job of acting on those facts and information presented to them.  We won.  Phillips lost.

I am just mentioning this because a new round of hearings are due to begin because of the appeal.  I don’t know that there is much more that we could say. Nothing has really changed. The oil trains and their impact on communities is still as unforgiving and counter productive as it was 6 months ago.

The  planning commission was relegated the task by the Board, using county resources, staff, counsel and tax dollars, to come to an informed decision and the decision was to deny.  I do not know how the Board could in good conscience doubt the integrity of the staff and the commissioners but then again decisions are not always made in good conscience and common sense as the criteria. Facts don’t lie.  So a call to action to attend the appeal hearings is in order.

Let us not forget. We have the upper hand here. We are in the position of power.  We do not have to defend or make our case all over again.  It is Phillips that is in the hot seat. They have the burden of proof on their shoulders. So let’s make sure the Board is well aware of all the indisputable facts and evidence and actions and bring this to the table and lay it all out so we know exactly what Phillips has to prove to overturn the Planning commissions decision.

And the way we do that is  insist the Board indicates for the record  all the correspondence, public comments, attendance records, official data, reports, peer reviews, emails, etc. already submitted and part of the record is duly noted and entered into the record on day one. This should be something that staff can access without too much trouble. They have a record. They tallied everything. It was part of their job. So asking for that record to be brought forward and enter it as part of this proceeding is a must. This is a fair official request and deserving of an official response from the Chair from the get go.

Call the Board of Supervisors

San Luis Obispo Board-Sprvsrs
Contact the Chair – Adam Hill- Adam Hill ahill@co.slo.ca.us  Hannah Miller  hmiller@co.slo.ca.us 805-781-4336 prior to the hearing date and request a tally of all the communications, data, reports, organizations, letters, meetings, studies, peer reviews, public comments be available to the public and entered into the appeal hearing record. Lets get all the cards on the table.
Cool thing is this request becomes part of the record too. So get those numbers soaring.

We have a right to be acknowledged and recognized and everything that is part of the record needs to be upfront and on the table before Phillips puts their case on the table.  Wait for an answer. Wait for the acknowledgement. Get the record on the table.
It needs to be perfectly clear exactly what Phillips needs to disprove and overcome in order to overturn the planning commissions decision.  Remember folks we won. Lets act like it.

#2

Segue…..wait for it…   Phillips is just a precursor to what is in the works with Sentinel and the illegal and unlawful permitting of uncertified operators and operations at the Arroyo Grande Oil Field. The Arroyo Grande Oil field has never been UIC certified by DOGGR.  That means every permit granted to the oil fields since 2002 giving them permission to use the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo county as a toxic waste disposal site was in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  There are plenty more violations where that came from but all we need is one to prosecute and that is a good one.
Board is waiting and so is Sentinel for the EPA to exempt the aquifer so they can then ‘legally’ give them a permit to build 450 new illegal wells.  Well that’s not the way it is going down this time.

According to DOGGR the Arroyo Grande Oil Field was to be shut down on Feb 15, 2017.  The Board should have revoked the current permit and dismissed the pending one on that order alone. But they didn’t and that is not looking good for them.

There is nothing legal about the Arroyo Grande Oil Field operation.  Even if the EPA exempts the aquifer the Board is still liable for knowingly permitting illegal and criminal activity for 15 years.  It’s simple. Not certified. No permit.

Maybe the Board didn’t think anyone would notice or maybe they didn’t care, either way this oil field is in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and this Board has a lot of explaining to do.

The pending lawsuit filed against the Board by the Center for Biological Diversity for permitting an uncertified, unlicensed oil drilling operation is scheduled for May 11.  The Board could avoid all this if they just did their job and revoked the permits and shut the uncertified wells down NOW.  We will see if they have the courage and wherewithall to do the right thing.  We got everything we need though to make sure the right thing happens sooner or later.
#3

MARCH 8  International Women’s Day.

DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN STRIKE.   I’m wearing RED to work.   And here is the Central Coast contact info.

#4

More irons in the fire.
And as promised here is the petition to the State Attorney General calling on the Chief law enforcement officer of the State to SHUT DOWN THE WELLS.  I am calling it a Prescription for Wellness. Clinging to the notion that “there is NO HARM in asking.” It can’t hurt to ask the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for help and it could do a world of good.

Will hand deliver it to the Attorney General’s office and our County Board of Supervisors.  This effects every drop of water in California because every aquifer, stream, river above and below ground is connected.  What happens in our backyard effects water everywhere. There are 105,000 unregulated wells in California up and down the  State. I say unregulated because they are self regulated and over 6,000 of them have not been certified  safe.  That has the potential of affecting water sources for millions of people.

All the wells were suppose to be shut down on Feb. 15.  So, it would behoove us all to get this petition to go viral. The more signatures there are the louder our voices get.  We will hand deliver the final result to the AG and BOS.  Road trip anyone?  Counting on all you wonderful people that are working your little hoofies to the quick to keep our home sweet home safe and sound to get this petition signed with a record amount of signatures in short order. I know we can do it.

#5
Thanking you all in advance for your kindness and generous spirit.  Thank you.

The Story

For those who have had the pleasure of meeting and being in Ceremony with Hua Anwa, you know her to be an authentic, capable, independent and knowledgeable woman, and a dedicated wisdomkeeper and ceremonialist.

In a most humble way, Hua is needing to raise funds to help with some immediate healthcare and automotive needs.  While reaching out in this way is a huge step outside Hua’s comfort zone, our generous and timely support will mean the world to her and will allow her to look after these personal needs and continue preparations for a very busy and exciting year of Ceremony in 2017!

Clan Mother Hua is a Elder, a teacher of mixed Mayan and Cherokee descent and an adopted Chumash.  She conducts a variety of Sacred Ceremonies, workshops and other Teachings and is spiritual leader of the Circles of Empowerment Church in Central California.

In traditional cultures, taking good care of our Wisdomkeepers is a very sacred responsibility. By supporting Clan Mother Hua with her Sacred Request, indirectly, we will also be helping to support our thriving spiritual Community in a very Good Way.

Blessings
–A Loving Community Member

To help Hua, please visit our fundraiser here.

And lastly,

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Jim Cole planted a forest of everlasting love.  Seeds of wisdom and knowledge and acts of kindness he graciously and generously shared will grow in loving memory and gratitude.  Thank you Jim Cole.

His spirit of unselfishly giving his time and attention to build a better, more sustainable world will live on in those that knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm, Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Jim at One Cool Earth (onecoolearth.org/join-us). Sign his guestbook   – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanluisobispo/obituary.aspx?n=willard-james-cole-jim&pid=184256091#sthash.Qm961YX3.dpuf

Much love,
It only seems impossible until its done. Nelson Mandela.
“Respect is love in action.”
— Bangambiki Habyarimana
 
 
 
 

To: California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra Shut Down these Wells

Sign the petition: California State Attorney General: Shut Down these Wells

Petition by Jeanne Blackwell

Petition Background

I invite all those that are living with unlicensed operators and illegal dumping of toxic waste in your backyard to sign this petition and name your site in the petition. Let the Attorney General know each and every site that is harboring unlicensed operators. We will make this official. We will deliver this personally to the Attorney General with your site clearly cited for the record. I am hoping that this will be a call to action for our Chief Law Enforcement Officer. We have a right to be recognized and our concerns acknowledged. We have a right to petition our government for redress of grievances. This is a time sensitive grievance we need resolved now.

On Feb 15, 2017 we the people of California were looking for relief from the constant fear and uncertainty of contamination of our water by uncertified Toxic Waste Injection operators. Our hope of relief was shattered when The State Department of Conservation Division of Gas, Oil and Geothermal Resources failed to honor their deadline to shut down all oil drilling wells and sites that had not been properly vetted by DOGGR. This is an forgivable breach of trust.

DOGGR defaulted on their deadline date and unvetted wells remain fully operational.

The State of California was delegated primary responsibility for implementing the Class II oil and gas underground injection control (UIC) program of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in 1983.

DOGGR has admitted the program has never been fully operational or functional citing unresolved and ongoing staffing and funding issues that prevented them from implementing, monitoring and enforcing a fail safe, secure program.

As a part of its oversight role, EPA audited the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources’ (DOGGR) Class II UIC primacy program in 2011 and identified substantial implementation deficiencies.

DOGGR, together with The State Water Resources Board and the EPA agreed to set Feb. 15, 2017 as the deadline for completion of the implementation of the UIC program with the condition that all non-compliant, undocumented operations would be shut down for our own safety and well being.

That deadline has come and gone and nothing has changed. All the wells are still in operation. This is a breach of trust by the agencies entrusted with the safety of our water. It is beyond reason to expect us to have any faith or confidence in this process.

It has been 33 years since DOGGR was given the responsibility of implementing a program to protect and safeguard our underground water resources from an accident prone industry with a history of mechanical malfunctions and human error that uses a patented toxic waste disposal process that has been proven to compromise the geological integrity of the subterranean soil. Under these conditions accidents, spills, explosions and contamination of our water resources is inevitable.

The Feb 15, deadline was going to put an end to the uncertainty, constant stress and anxiety of not knowing if our water is safe.

DOGGR still has problems as does the EPA. Under this new administration the EPA is facing the threat of being dismantled. This situation is unbearable and only compounds our fear and anxiety over conditions that threaten water resources critical to our well being.

It does not seem at all fair nor does it instill any confidence in our regulatory process or law enforcement that we must bear the burden of a flawed system that risks irreversible and irreparable damage to a limited natural resource and a public good fundamental for life and health. Water.

For over 15 years we have been living with the unauthorized and unlicensed dumping of toxic waste into the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County.

This odious omnipresence plagues many communities throughout California as the undersigned will attest to citing their areas of dire concern.

This uncertainty must end. The unvetted sites MUST be shut down.

The Attorney General has independent authority, acting directly in the name of the People, “to take action to protect the natural resources of the State of California from pollution, impairment, or destruction.”

Therefore, WE, the undersigned, do hereby implore and beseech State Attorney General Xavier Becerra to provide the leadership we have come to rely on to protect and safeguard Californians human and natural resources for this and future generations and enforce as stipulated the Feb. 15, 2017 shut down of all unpermitted, non compliant Underground Injection Control sites per the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Thank you.

California State Attorney General: Shut down these Wells

SLOCW newsletter #62 -What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love

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Happy Valentines All you Lovers

Been kind of holding off waiting for all the dust to settle before updating on where everything stands.  Well, forget that. It looks like this dust storm is here to stay for awhile and the new normal is learning how to brace ourselves for constant incoming gusts and blasts of bits and pieces of everything that isn’t nailed down and some of that too.
I think it is fair to say we have all been experiencing some degree of shell shock from all the incoming events over the last several months. And also fair to say that there is every indication we are alive and well and better than ever, Women’s march, BOS meeting standing room only Chumash Marine sanctuary.   We are in a new thriving on surviving mode.

That said here’s what we know

Our Board of Supervisors on Jan 10 decided to side on the side of partisan politics and elected a freshman new comer, Mr. Peschong District 1 to the office of Chair to the Board of Supervisors.   If there was any doubt about how this Board intended to conduct the business of the county this vote made it crystal clear. It will be strictly along party lines. The first official act by the Board seemed more akin to a hostile take over than a meeting of the hearts and minds of the community at large. There are a lot of ways to look at this. For me it just looks like Peschong, Compton and Arnold are being held hostage more so than Hill and Gibson and have a little Stockholm Syndrome thing going on.
Our basic fundamental Constitutional right to a safe, clean environment free from the fear and constant threats of accidents, spills, explosions, contamination and unmitigable risks to our air, water and soil might be in conflict with some Board members whose sense of party loyalty out weighs their sense of loyalty to a democratic republic.
A trumped up Board of Supervisors will grease the wheels for Phillips 66, court the oil baron’s new mistress, Sentinel and part the waves for offshore drilling.   Their menu will turn this community into a pate de fois gras for their captors with us as the goose being forced fed things that are going to kill us.

We are not going to let that happen.

First what about the Oil trains issue ?

This from Eric Greening:

“A few days ago, I reported that a consent item on next Tuesday’s Supervisors calendar schedules the Phillips 66 appeal hearing for the entire week (if needed) of March 13th to 17thNow there is correspondence from Jocelyn Thompson of Alston and Bird, representing the applicants, requesting a delay from this plan.  Their first choice is that the hearing not be scheduled until the Phillips 66 litigation seeking a remand to the Planning Commission is ruled on.  Failing that, they ask that the appeal hearing be no sooner than mid-April. 

This request raises an interesting test for the newest supervisor.  When campaigning, John Peschong freely disclosed his considerable conflict of interest with Phillips 66 and promised to recuse himself from the appeal hearing.  It would seem that, in keeping with that promise, he should also recuse from acting on the consent item that deals with the applicant’s request relative to the setting of that hearing.  I (Eric Greening) intend to raise that issue during public comment on the Consent Agenda, and we’ll see how he responds.  If he does recuse, there is, of course, the possibility of a 2-2 split on the Board on the scheduling of this hearing.  If he doesn’t, there is a question of the legitimacy of the vote, especially if it is a split vote with Peschong’s vote decisive.  So it is setting up to be a very interesting morning!!! “

Eric

Phillips 66 lawsuit

I think we have a right to know if Peschong is going to recuse himself and if it is a 2-2 vote who cast the deciding vote?  What is the protocol? If there isn’t one we need to come up with a solution before it becomes an issue. If there is one we need to know what it is.
We need to know now. Questions can be asked in any public comment session and ask the Chair to respond in kind. Just ask.  Are you going to recuse yourself on the Phillips 66 appeal?  Keep asking till you get an answer. One person can ask the same question for 3 minutes. Or ask the question and wait 3 minutes for an answer. 10 or 100 people can ask it.  We are entitled to an answer.

Or email Mr. Preschong and your district rep and ask them what the protocol is for breaking a tie if the chair has recused himself.  And what if he doesn’t recuse himself . What then? Request your email be entered into the public record and then ask them in public comment how many emails the Board received on the issue.

Call the Board and leave a comment or a question at 805-781-5450 or 1-800-834-4636 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Listed below are the email addresses for the Supervisors. Mailing address is 1055 Monterey St. Room D430, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. Do something today. Call, email, public comment. Something.

http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/bos/BOSContactUs.htm

Bird dog them until they answer.  Notify

and keep the press abreast of what is in the works so they can follow it and report it. They love numbers. 600 people have emailed, phoned and asked the BOS about Peschong and the Phillips 66 issue.  You get the idea.  We need an accounting of every contact, phone, email, public comment made for the record to show we are trying to get an answer to very important questions and what the results are. Make posters Peschong Recuse yourself and rally during the BOS meeting.
 No response speaks volumes. Everything we say and do must become part of the public record. We are making a case for ourselves. Everything they say and don’t do can and will be held against them in a court of law.  Being a citizen is not a spectator sport. We are players and game on.

SAVE THE DATE
P66 HEARINGS to begin on MARCH 13th

SLO County has announced that the Board of Supervisors will begin their public hearings of the Phillips 66 appeal of the Planning Commission’s recommended denial of the crude oil train terminal project March 13 at 9:00 AM –and continue for the next four days if needed. We will be there.

Go to Mesa Refinery Watch Group  for more info

What’s up with the Arroyo Grande Aquifer exemption?

DOGGR has defaulted on another deadline. Feb. 15, 2017 was the deadline for bringing all the 105,000 (total wells currently in operation) wells in California into compliance with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act .

The state of California was relegated primary responsibility for implementing the Class II oil and gas underground injection control CFR sec 144 (UIC) program of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in 1983. That program has never been implemented.  As a part of its oversight role, EPA audited the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources’ (DOGGR) Class II UIC primacy program 28 years later in 2011 and identified substantial implementation deficiencies.

Translation. No UIC program in place and supervision, monitoring, reporting, data on injection wells and site operations was self regulated by operators.  Translation: Illegal, unlawful injection of toxic waste into the subterranean soil, toxic releases into the air has been going on for 33 years.

The condition precedent to getting a 2 year extension which in realty is really a 33 year extension on the reviewing and exemption and implementation process the state agreed to complete that review and file for the necessary exemptions with the EPA by the drop dead date of February 15, 2017 or the wells would be shut down. Well, the State has already said they are defaulting. Time to take a stand. The wells must be shut down now. What is the purpose of a deadline if it is never enforced?

And just to make an already intolerable situation unbearable Trumpland Uber Alles is in the process of dismantling the EPA.

This is crazy talk. We need the EPA and anyone that doesn’t understand that or maybe he does and that is why he is dismantling it. Yup crazy. We do not have to live with crazy.

So what to do when everything is up in the air?  33 years is a ridiculously long time to wait for implementation of health and safety standards imperative to our health and well being.

And now that there is no EPA to implement exemptions I think it is safe to say there are no exemptions to implement. But all that is going to be in the next newsletter. Along with a petition to the State Attorney General, Chief Law Enforcment Officer, calling for a shut down of the wells that have escaped certification and licensing by DOGGR and the EPA for 33 years because we can’t live with all the uncertainty and risks to our safety and health.

The Attorney General has independent authority, acting directly in the name of the People, “to take action to protect the natural resources of the State of California from pollution, impairment, or destruction.”

We are asking the Attorney General to enforce the Feb. 15 deadline and shut down all the wells and well sites as promised.

We will circulate a petition for 2 weeks, get a million signatures and then hand deliver them to our new Attorney General. Road trip.

We need some fire power and think the AG is just the person to deliver it.

And we can get a tailgate party going at the same time. Call the Attorney General. (213) 897-2000

Call and say we want the wells shut down as promised. Tell him we live in an area where an unlicensed operator is injecting

1.5million gallons a day of toxic wastewater into the unincorporated areas that share their water with vineyards and family residences.  How can we feel safe or be safe when there are no safety standards in place?

Really need the operators to stop doing what they are doing until they get certified and licensed.  Tell him how you feel.  If you are really scared that our water could be compromised with this illegal, unlawful activity going on in our backyard, tell him.

This illegal operations @ the Prince Canyon Arroyo Grande Oil Fields has been going on for over 10 years and they are asking to increase their activity by 300% and continue to operate without any certification or licensing.  Never designated a toxic waste disposal site.  Tell him we were counting on the EPA and DOGGR to keep their word and shut down wells and sties they cannot certify as safe.

We know DOGGR and the EPA have been sabotaged by political forces making their job all but impossible.   But we really cannot bear the burden of the uncertainty of the safety of the water we drink the air we breathe or the food we eat . So please on our behalf shut the wells down. Thank you.

Here is a good wrap up

California Regulators Allow Oil Companies to Continue Injecting Wastewater Into More Than 1,600 Wells in Protected Aquifers.

Whose a Trump-et on the BOS?

Do just ONE thing every day. Something. Anything. A call. An email. A rally. A march. Share the plan to call, email, rally, march with just one person every day.

And now the best for last

SNEAK PREVIEW OF “WHERE THERE ONCE WAS WATER”  link to purchase tickets.

WHERE THERE ONCE WAS WATER: A California Story
California Water: where are we, where are we headed, and how can we craft an equitable water future for all life? Join the conversation with local photographer and filmmaker Brittany App, when she shares a 15-minute sneak-preview of this feature-length film, currently in production. SLO Film Festival entry.

Wednesday, March 15 – 7:00pm
Octagon Barn, 4400 Octagon Way (off S. Higuera) SLO
$25 general / $15 Students & Film Society

Yea Brittany.

LOVE YOU ALL THIS MUCH XOXO

me-morro-rock

Jean’ne

jeannewater@gmail.com

SLO Clean Water.org
SLO Clean Water on FaceBook

It only seems impossible until its done. Nelson Mandela.

“Respect is love in action.”

— Bangambiki Habyarimana

Newsletter #61- 2016- Going, Going Gone-Welcome 2017

Newsletter #61- 2016- Going, Going Gone-Welcome 2017

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It happens every year at this time – out with the old -in with the new. Going, Going, Gone is a Bob Dylan song and in it he sings,

Grandma said, “Boy, go and follow your heart
And you’ll be fine at the end of the line
All that’s gold isn’t meant to shine
Don’t you and your one true love ever part”

Grandmas always seem to know just the right things to say.

So let me just say this. We are family. And we have been through a lot these past 5 years fighting the good fight keeping our home and hearth safe and sound. Every person made a difference.

And now is the time to take a moment and say thank you all for being here.

In the spirit of celebration of our time together caring and loving our precious and sacred air and water here in SLO County a grove of 25 pine, fir or cedar trees will be planted in the Tahoe National forest. And long after we are pushing up daisies these spirit trees will still be reaching for the stars.

I have attached the certificate and changed one thing. I crossed out “group” and wrote in family. We are more than a group.

I have a feeling this coming year we are going to be celebrating our biggest family reunion ever.

Grandmas know these things. This coming year is all about us. It is all about what we do, when we do it and how we do it and that is going to get the job done. It is all about us.

Bring it on 2017 we are ready to be showered with your abundance of peace love and joy Clean air and water and fossil fuel free.

This is a nice little recap of all the good things that happened in the world in 2016 when people did the doing.  We are history in the making starting today
99 reasons why 2016 was a great year.

And making it an even 100 Standing Rock!!!!!

💝💝💝💝

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❤️❤️❤️❤️

Happy New Year 2017

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What are we waiting for? EPA confirms: Fracking contaminates the water.

CONFIRMED BY EPA: FRACKING THREATENS DRINKING WATER.

Just to be clear. Let’s define Fracking.  Fracking is ANY injection of toxic waste by products into the subterranean soil.

This definition provided  by the inventor of fracking,  Halliburton. They hold exclusive rights as the original owner and inventor and bears the U.S. seal of approval.

Unearthed articles from the 1960s detail how nuclear waste was buried beneath the Earth’s surface by Halliburton & Co. for decades as a means of disposing the by-products of post-World War II atomic energy production. This process dubbed fracking is Halliburton’s claim to fame. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/03/05/fracking-used-to-inject-nuclear-waste-underground-for-decades/

It is a trademark process allowing U.S. industries to inject slurries of toxic, carcinogenic, lethal, hazardous, deadly, compounds deep beneath the planet’s surface — as a means of “see no evil” waste disposal.

EPA exemption for Arroyo Grande Aquifer does not permit the disposal of toxic waste into our backyard.  Exemptions are not an approval process. They are an identity process only. Sentinel still has to get permission from the people of San Luis Obispo to dispose of that toxic waste in the unincorporated areas of SLO County. We can still refuse to permit exempt companies from dumping their waste in our aquifer for no other reason than because we can. It is our right to first refusal.

There is no escaping the fact that Halliburton invented this process, or doubt of what the intent and purpose of fracking is.  The facts are documented.  Toxic Waste disposal by lethal injection.

The Federal government with full knowledge partnered up with Halliburton and made fracking an official toxic waste disposal method with the clear intent of covering up the disposal of known to cause cancer  chemicals and other chronic illness causing chemicals.

And instead of protecting the public from hazardous waste the official policy was that fracking, the Subterranean waste disposal, is a cornerstone of the nation’s economy, relied on by the pharmaceutical, agricultural and chemical industries. It’s also critical to a future less dependent on foreign oil: Hydraulic fracturing, “clean coal” technologies, nuclear fuel production and carbon storage (the keystone of the strategy to address climate change) all count on pushing waste into rock formations below the earth’s surface.

Official statements promising it will be safe for a million years was a bold face lie. Halliburton and the government knew toxic leaks and water contamination were inevitable and unpreventable in our lifetime. This knowledge necessitated the Halliburton Loophole and all the exemptions to all the health and safety laws this trademark process was going to violate.  The exemptions prove prior knowledge of wrongdoing and harm. The loopholes are an admission of guilt to contamination of our air, water and soil by designated, well documented offender and benefactor of the exemptions,  the fossil fuel industry.

Engineer Mario Salazar, who worked as a technical expert for 25 years with the EPA’s underground injection program in Washington, told ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten:

“In 10 to 100 years we are going to find out that most of our groundwater is polluted. A lot of people are going to get sick, and a lot of people may die.”  Ten years is here and our groundwater is polluted and people are sick and dying from contaminated groundwater.

So, just to be clear.  What is going on in Price Canyon is fracking.  And, this report is confirmation that fracking contaminates the water, the air and the soil. Proves fracking does not have one single environmental or humanitarian benefit.   And no amount of exemptions or immunity will change that fact.  The fact is exemptions, Halliburton Loophole, bar us from the right to equal protection under the law and perpetuates the fraud that it is safe.

No exemption can make fracking safe. The very presence of an exemption is an admission of non compliance  to safety and health laws.  Exemptions are a  crime we do not have to live with.  Just say NO.

I am sending this EPA report and the COMPENDIUM OF SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, AND MEDIA FINDINGS DEMONSTRATING RISKS AND HARMS OF FRACKING (UNCONVENTIONAL GAS AND OIL EXTRACTION)
Fourth Edition November 17, 2016 to our Board of Supervisors which proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Fracking is a clear and present danger to our safety, health and well-being calling for the Board to immediately revoke the pending permit to expand fracking in Price Canyon and order an emergency cease and desist of the toxic waste disposal in our backyard.  I invite everyone to do the same.

With this information in their possession the Board cannot deny knowledge that fracking is a threat to our lives and livelihood.  These reports are conclusive and substantive. There is nothing the oil industry can say or do, short of compliance with the law, that is going to change the fact it is unsafe and we don’t want it.  With this information there is absolutely no reason for any more delays, studies, data, reports or hearings on the subject. We have everything we need to know to do what we need to do. Stop the frack attack in our backyard.

Our lives and livelihood are in danger now and the fracking must stop now.

Water is life and Fracking kills it.

This is our Standing Rock.   Demand our Board act now and revoke the permit and order an emergency cease and desist on the exempted Price Canyon toxic waste disposal site.

We have been very understanding and patient. We have been  jumping through hoops, hearings, reports, data, reviews for 5 years.  Everything we have been saying and reasons to deny Price Canyon dumping privileges  is finally confirmed.  Enough is enough.  This is it.  There is absolutely no justification or reason why we must live one more day in fear of contamination of our air and water.

Here is the Board’s contact info.

1    Frank Mecham     fmecham@co.slo.ca.u

2     Bruce Gibson      bgibson@co.slo.ca.us

3     Adam Hill       ahill@co.slo.ca.us

4     Lynn Compton      lcompton@co.slo.ca.us

5     Debbie Arnold      darnold@co.slo.ca.us

Would not hurt to contact the County Health Commission and ask them to contact the Board of Supervisors calling for a revocation of the Price Canyon permit and emergency cease and desist.
Chair and Members County Health Commission

jwhite@co.slo.ca.us

 

Same for Water Resources Advisory Committee, WRAC
Sue Luft WRAC Chairperson

pwd@co.slo.ca.us

 

Always,
Jean’ne

It is impossible until it is done. Nelson Mandela.