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

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


Happy Valentine’s Day 2018

​Love Rules-

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

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

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

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

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

Chevron ignored a decade of warnings before Richmond refinery …

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Thank you John

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

 

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

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

 

Here is an excerpt from the show.

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

 

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

 

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

    DOGGR_Headquarters@conservation.ca.gov  Complaint form

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

Xavier Becerra
Attorney General


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

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

SHUT DOWN THOSE WELLS  sign the petition

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

SWRCB.gov


info@waterboards.ca.gov

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

Department of Toxic Substances ControlDepartment of Toxic Substances Control


rao@dtsc.ca.gov

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

John Peschong

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

jpeschong@co.slo.ca.us.

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

 

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

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

The oil industry lies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

And,

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Supervisor Hill

 

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



Much much love.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:49 AM  (January 3, 2018)

DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE.

Dear JEAN’NE BLACKWELL,

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

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

Agency: Air Resources Board

Thank you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is what I wrote back.

Dear Ms Lancaster,

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

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

​​Thank you.

Jean’ne Blackwell

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

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

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

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

I guess it is up to us now. ​

And if not us then who?

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

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

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

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

​We have a paper trail of neglect.​

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

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

And this happens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

We are silent no more.

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

​Their elected officials are on their side.​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

​Our vote is our voice and cannot be denied.

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

Happy New Year 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWSLETTER #69 – LOOKING GOOD- LOOKING BETTER

NEWSLETTER #69 – LOOKING GOOD- LOOKING BETTER

Hellllloooooo everybody. Spring Ahead Fall back. Its fall back time.

Another busy night at all the British henge sites as staff work all night to move the stones forward by an hour.  We are getting it done.

Couple of quick updates.

Oil Money Out Pledge 7 signers.

Jimmy Paulding candidate BOS 4th district, Bruce Gibson, Adam Hill, Heidi Harmon, Aaron Gomez, Andy Pease that’s a majority of the SLO City Council, Coleen Martin and Mark Buchman signed.  Peschong, Compton and Arnold, Carbajal, Feinstein, Fareed and Allison Hartson have not signed. They have until Nov. 10.  With the caveat that no response is a declination to sign.  Which means it is fair to say that they refused to sign the pledge.

Signing is a big deal. So we will have to do everything in our power and with our resources, ingenuity, creativity to make sure these candidates have everything they need to win.

Why are we doing this?  Why get involved? Because it matters.  Because it is the right thing to do. Because this is our home.  We love this place. We have to make sure our elected officials care as much about our safety health and well being as we do.

 

Oil is a sick and deviant culture.  Resuscitating dead, putrefied remains is what they do for a living.  They use their ill-gotten gains to buy politicians and influence legislators and legislation. They can’t be trusted and that is the reason why we need to know who we can trust with our lives and livelihoods.  Signing the pledge tells us what we need to know. And influences the way we vote. Tuesday elections were very telling.

“Basically this [pledge] is the ushering in of a new type of politics where in Democratic circles, in the long term, it will no longer be okay for the party to be unduly influenced by campaign contributions from Dominion,”

 


A sign that things are turning around and fossil fuel is finally getting its comeuppance.

EPA Concludes Fracking a Threat to U.S. Water Supplies  

 

  • So exemptions are a crock. Exempting an aquifer does not mean it can be poisoned with toxic waste by products. Au contraire, contraire. This has been the Big Lie and we are onto it. And any politician or governing board that approves a permit to dump toxic waste without getting the certificate that verifies and documents that the dumping site has meet all Class I injection site criteria to include No-migration petition 
demonstrating that fluids will remain in the injection zone for as long as they are hazardous (modeling conducted to show either the waste will remain in the injection zone for 10,000 years or it will be rendered non-hazardous before migration) is going to be liable and held responsible for contracting with unlicensed operators and unapproved sites.Clearly a violation of our own planning and zoning rules and regulation and business code.

And another sign that things are finally turning around and heading in the right direction

 

 

In Major Climate Decision, DC Circuit Rejects Federal Approval of Sabal Trail Pipeline

 

The decision is a significant victory for pipeline opponents, with far-reaching consequences for gas pipelines and other fossil fuel projects that require federal approval.  Signals that the courts will hold agencies to their NEPA obligations.  Up until now oil and gas have escaped NEPA obligations their claim being it was cost prohibitive to comply with all these safety and health rules.

 

This Court said TOO BAD.  This is precedent setting. Means things are going to start going our way. Bold and Brave wins the day.

The court concluded that FERC Federal Energy Regulation Commission   “should have either given a quantitative estimate of the downstream greenhouse emissions that will result from burning the natural gas that the pipelines will transport or explained more specifically why it could not have done so.” The court further noted that the environmental impact statement needed to include a discussion of the significance of the downstream greenhouse gas emissions, as well as their cumulative impact. Environmental Justice argument wins one for the Environment.

This is a big deal. This is calling out the Federal Agencies for being lazy, sloppy, and generally disinterested in environmental safety and health impacts and more concerned about aiding and abetting fossil fuel projects by ignoring real costs.  Court finally called that folly a major foul. Pipeline is on hold until in compliance with all laws. It’s a trend and it is going our way.

So, If compliance with all laws is necessary to get a legal permit, and it is, then why is the Arroyo Grande Oil field operating without proper certification?  You can’t wash dishes in this town without proper certification.  How is it that the AGOF is dumping toxic waste into the unincorporated areas of SLO county and our legal representatives, SLO BOS, is ignoring the fact and allowing it to go on?  Shame shame shame.

EPA, DOGGR, Water Resources Board, Air Quality control all admitted that AGOF was on the list to be shut down because they were not registered or certified to dump toxic waste. They regarded the unlicensed wells a clear and present danger. So dangerous in fact that they stipulated a deadline for our safety, health and well being.  So, shut them down.

 

Corrupt officials giving away our security and well being by approving bogus permits?  Time to hit up the BOS like we mean it and our lives depend on it because it does.

 

There is a reckless disregard for the law, our feelings, concerns and rights.  We can change all that.

We are still looking for The Attorney General to do his job and enforce the Feb. 15, shut down deadline of all unlicensed well sites.

 

What the heck is the point of having rules and regulations if no one is going to enforce them?

 

To get certified the site must prove it will remain safe and sound for 10,000 years. It simple. Get certified and you get the permit to dump. No certification. No permit.

 

We need officials that are not afraid to do their job and uphold the law.  Being afraid to do the right thing is going to get them fired and that is no idle threat. We can make that happen.

Oil will be obsolete in 10 years. It’s over. Operators are going to abandon that AGOF and leave us holding a bowl full of toxic waste that is going to compromise and contaminate our underground water resources for eons. They don’t care that the rules say you must leave the site in the same or better condition than they found it.  It is just plain stupid for any community to embrace a dying industry that IS GASPING its last BREATH AND WILL TAKE US DOWN WITH IT IF WE LET IT.

On a Happier note PROUD TO ANNOUNCE

SLO Clean Water signed onto a letter with 173 other organizations that will be delivered to the COP23 in Bonn

 

This is what it said
We the undersigned — as part of a united and consistently growing global community — demand the following:

  • An immediate ban without any exemptions of all types of fracking with regard to the research, exploration and exploitation of fossil energy sources.

 

This ban should apply whether or not the fracturing occurs with or without chemicals, hydraulically or in other ways.

 

  • A general import and trade ban on “fracked” fossil energy sources.

 

  • A general ban on the injection of the flowback or the underground disposal of fluids and waste water from the extraction of hydrocarbons.

 

  • Immediate and considerable efforts for a just transition to 100% renewable energy and a significant boost for energy efficiency measures.

 

The near future demands it; the time is right and the time is now!

SLO Clean Water

 

THE SLO CLEAN WATER FAMILY will be at the COP23  taking a stand with our growing global community. So proud.  We are in good company. There is strength in numbers and we are growing by leaps and bounds.

Still working with Becerra on the Feb. 15, shut down deadline of the 11 wells at the AGOF.

 

Last letter from Becerra, Sept. 20, gave us the bum’s rush and told us to lawyer up if we want to get him to do his job. Am not going to lawyer up but will keep doing what it takes to get him to man up and do his job.
Sent the complaint to the State EPA office and this is what they said.

Dear JEAN’NE BLACKWELL,

This message relates to the environmental complaint number COMP-33073 you submitted to the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) on 11/01/2017. Your complaint is being handled by the following agencies:

Agency: Department of Toxic Substances Control
Contact: Nancy Lancaster, nancy.lancaster@dtsc.ca.gov

Agency: State Water Resources Control Board

Agency: Air Resources Board
Contact: Crystal Steele, csteele@arb.ca.gov

Your complaint is still being investigated. We will notify you once the complaint has been closed.

We are making our case and have a record of complaints filed and demands made.   When it comes time to prove our case and show we noticed the proper authorities and demanded  they do their job and shut down those illegal wells we  can show they did nothing. The courts love this kind of stuff. It makes it very easy for them to cure the wrongdoing. And then we win.

Did I say a few short updates?  Oh my define short.  An  initiative, email and public comment campaign in the works. Look where we were one year ago year with the DAPL. It was nasty, Illegal and unlawful actions but lo and behold it is working out.  Justice is prevailing. Standing fast, strong and together wins the day.

Much love.

JEAN’NE

 

Newsletter #66 – Cut to the Chase

💝❤️💧 HAPPY LABOR OF  ❤️ DAY 💧❤️💝

Started this in July, kept adding to it now have to cut it down to bare bones because it is time sensitive.  Chop chop here goes.  Right now we are going to connect some dots and rein in some of this chaos and clear the air.

  • June 29th hearing, Center for Biological Diversity v DOGGR and Freeport McMoran, the Judge was not convinced that DOGGR was obligated to perform a CEQA, California Environmental Quality Act, before issuing an aquifer exemption to Freeport McMoRan, now Sentinel.

The whole argument seemed to come down to the meaning of the word ‘project’.  DOGGR and Freeport were expert in badgering the judge with frivolous tidbits and in the end the judge denied the motion to issue an injunction which means Sentinel can keep on dumping toxic waste water in our backyard without an environmental review or permit or a license.  If the Center does not appeal that decision it will stand and we have to do something else to eradicate this noxious weed from our Garden of Eden.

Breaking news and the ‘Something else’ we were looking for.
This court ruling issued on August 30, 2017 changed the courts view point about all the funny talk used by the industry to avoid compliance with just about everything to do with safety and health. Court said enough is enough and to comply or pack it up and get out of Dodge.   Information is power when we put it to work. This ruling works for us.  Let’s use it.


https://www.ecowatch.com/sabal-trail-pipeline-2479133796.html

In Major Climate Decision, DC Circuit Rejects Federal Jiberish on Sabal Trail Pipeline

Aug. 30, 2017 12:22PM EST

This is what we are talking about. Court calls out gross climate change violators and Federal agency’s gross negligence enforcing Federal regulations. Court said there is NO EXCUSE for avoiding Federal safety and health guild lines. NONE. So until and when standards are meet the project is a NO GO. Basically told FERC, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to get their junk together or else.  How this decision could affect the ARROYO Grande oil fields?  Opinion:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/522978307807578/permalink/1212023988903003/

And on that note as we talk about Federal and State agencies flip flopping on regulations

  • There is another lawsuit in the works. Board of Supervisors approved an expired permit for 31 wells last March. That is a clear violation of local, state and Federal rules that specifically state that you can not extend an expired permit.   CBD filed suit to force compliance which means Sentinel must apply for a new permit with all the new updated safety rules and standards to include new earthquake data. I would bet donuts to dollars that not in ten years, not in a hundred years, not in a thousand years would the oil industry ever invest in complying with any safety and health laws. It’s cheaper to buy legislators to write escape clauses. That strategy could back fire since the courts are onto this hocus pocus and aren’t buying it anymore.  Change is in the air.
  • The Board is sitting on the Lawsuit waiting for the much anticipated ‘exemption’ for the oil fields from EPA which they are hoping will make everything easy as pie to approve a fatally flawed permit and hope no one notices but they may be in for a bit of a surprise.  An exemption is not going to save  a host of violations that is the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields.
  • The fields have a history of humming a few bars and faking it going all the way back to 1978 and Phase I and the first issuance of permits for “thermal” oil production wells and toxic waste disposal.  Now it is our turn to say to our elected officials Enough is enough.

    Now get this:
      Teal, Grace, Shell, PXP,  Freeport,
  • 1) Never did get a permit to dump toxic waste in the unincorporated areas of SLO county
  • 2) Nor did the unincorporated area ever get certified as a toxic waste dump site
  • 3) There is no such thing as thermal oil production in the Code of Federation Regulations. Which means it does not fit the description for a Class II exemption.
  • 4) The oil fields are operating without a license or permit from State and Federal agencies.

    So cutting to the chase on this issue and connecting some dots. Lets get our Attorney General involved in prosecuting illegal and unlawful activity.

    The petition to the State Attorney General calling for a shut down of all wells that missed the licensing deadline was sent on Sept. 02.The Arroyo Grande Oil Fields are on that shut down list and an exemption is not going to exonerate them. Here is the email I sent to the signers.

    Dear Friends that signed the petition calling on the State Attorney General Xavier Becerra to shut down those wells that missed the Feb. 15, 2017 shut down deadline.

    Petition with 199 signatures was sent certified mail return receipt requested Sept. 02, 2017. I know that does not sound like a lot of signatures but this was not a popularity contest. It is important to know that it is not how many people ask the reason why this deadline was not invoked that generates a response but rather that the question asked by even one person is deserving of and entitled to an answer. So thank you all for asking.

    I called the Public Inquiry office of the Attorney General and told them I had a petition to deliver to Mr. Becerra that needed a response and what would be the best way to do that.  I told them I would deliver it personally if that would assure a response from the Attorney General.  Staff person Andrew was very helpful and told me that I could send it certified mail with return receipt and a response would come back on Official letterhead from the Attorney General. I liked the sound of that saving me gas and a whole day travel time to Sacramento and back.

    The cover letter to Mr. Becerra asked him why the Feb. 15, 2017 shut down deadline was not invoked and when was he going to do that?  I also told him we did not want any excuses and if he was not going to do it then who was? And if not now then when?

    These are reasonable questions given the advanced notice of the deadline and shut down order issued by DOGGR and State Water Resource Control Board. It was not sudden or a surprise that this deadline was imminent.  It can be assumed that DOGGR and Water Resource found it proper and necessary and in the interest of public safety and health to issue this Feb. 15, deadline and shut down.  
    I contacted the California Against Fracking coalition with over 100 environmental organizations of the delivery of the petition to the Attorney General. Also contacted the San Luis Obispo environmental caucus and will post the response from Mr. Becerra to all of the above. The petition was also addressed to our County Board of Supervisors and will schedule delivery time so that we can all be present for that.

    I am anxious to see where we stand with Mr. Becerra and how he is going to respond.

    Thank you all for being here and for caring enough to get involved and speaking up for our home sweet home.  We are standing our ground.  I think it is safe to say our resolve on this issue of shutting down illegal, unlawful dumping and drilling activity is unflappable.

    Sincerely yours.

    Jean’ne

    AND HERE IS WHY WE CAN NOT TRUST GOV BROWN or anyone affiliated with WSPA WHEN IT COMES TO THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY.


  • We want our Attorney General to do the right thing and restore the confidence and trust in our government by enforcing the shut down of the over 1650 wells in violations of the deadline. The delay is unacceptable. We know the tremendous hold and influence the oil industry has on our legislature and even our Governor. It is very unsettling.  This delay in implementing the shut down might be indicative of that undue influence invading the office of Attorney General. We need to know and see that is not the case.

Governor Brown has jumped into bed and is hiding under the covers with Western States Petroleum Association and passed AB398. A windfall for WSPA.  A blow to Clean Air breathers.

The Western States Petroleum Association is a “non-profit trade association” that represents companies that account for the bulk of petroleum exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing in the five western states of California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Nevada. WSPA is parked in our back yard and overseeing the Sentinel Arroyo Grande oil field project. Our county Board of Supervisors is very familiar with this association.

WSPA’s membership includes a who’s who oil, energy and pipeline corporations including Aera Energy LLC, Chevron, Californian Resources Corporation (formerly Occidental Petroleum), ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Noble Energy, Inc., Phillips 66, Plains All American, Inc. Shell Oil Products US, Tesoro Refining and Marketing and Valero.  The Nipomo Mesa Refinery will be exempt from Clean Air standards as will the Arroyo Grande Oil Fields. Phillips 66 is on the list and has a pipeline going from the Arroyo Grande oil fields to the Nipomo Mesa Refinery. Thank you Governor Brown.

AB398 was written by WSPA. WSPA submits a bill with language that favors their special interest to legislators whose pockets they have lined with reelection money and legislators return the favor by voting on bills that save the oil industry millions of dollars in compliance costs. Clearly a partnership with considerations that seal the deal.  And just to add a little fuel to this fire the industry is self regulated. So they have put themselves in charge of reporting data that determines their tax rate and violation status and relies on honest and fair dealings.  Rotten to the core politics alive and well in our backyard.

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is the largest and most powerful corporate lobbying group in the West and California. It has spent more than other lobbying organization in Sacramento in recent years to exert control over the Governor’s Office, regulatory agencies, the State Legislature and local municipalities.  SLO county is easy pickings and a real catch for WSPA.  Legislating permits to drill and dump, expansion, pretty much a slam dunk.

The Western States Petroleum Association led the oil industry lobbying expenses with $49,491,104  followed by Chevron with $24,035,901 and Phillips 66 with $4,821,144.

Yea, all that is about to change. Brown is showing his true colors and it’s not green.  The courts are losing patience with corrupt politicians and the residents of this community are done wasting their  time  pussy footing around with politicians that don’t listen and routinely flip us off with reckless disregard and disdain.

This is what sleeping with the enemy looks like.  Brown exempts WSPA membership which is the Oil drilling industry from the Clean Air Act. which renders it useless for health and safety issues. So Brown is out. It’s a Brown out. Becerra is up. Petition is a test to see if he is up to enforcing environmental justice or just another pretty face.

So where do we stand on the home front?

Supervisor Peschong’s appointed Joe Brown to the planning commission.  Not a surprise.  Peschong has never been bashful about showing his true colors. Brown through and through. We know where his loyalties lie. So, it stands to reason that given his past history and in the spirit of full disclosure and fair dealings he will recuse himself on the AGOF permitting process as well.

So, Lets cut to the quick. Lynn Compton District 4 is not shy either about her loyalty to Chairperson Peschong. Lynn is up for reelection. If we want to change the topography of this Board we need some fresh, new energy that can embrace clean, healthy, productive, prosperous and safe living and lifestyles choices.

Tall order. And rising to the occasion is Jimmy Paulding out of Arroyo Grande.

Meet Jimmy Paulding

Official campaign announcement at the Labor Day Picnic hosted by the Democratic Party on September 4th from 11:00am – 2:00pm at Strother Park in Arroyo Grande.  Ask Jimmy if he will sign a pledge not to take any oil money. I think we should ask all our supervisors to take this pledge and see what they say.   District 4 Supervisor will be voting on County issues so it would behoove all of us in the county to campaign for someone we can trust our great outdoors and life style choices with.     So do come and meet Jimmy at the picnic and see what you think.

 

South County ‘could be better served,’ says challenger to SLO Supervisor Lynn Compton

Real real quick.

What’s up with our water?  Bookmark option.

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) new national Tap Water Database is the most complete source available on the quality of U.S. drinking water, aggregating and analyzing data from almost 50,000 public water systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Check it out. Arroyo Grande is on the list in violation of Federal Safe Drinking Water Standards.  You can put in your zip code and it will pull up any city public water system. San Luis Obispo came up too.  Violations clearly indicate unsafe levels. When exemptions are in place unsafe levels are o.k. and there is no urgency to fit the problem.  That has all got to change. Kind of the theme for this newsletter.

And last thing.

This just breaks my heart.

 

And it really seems very short sighted and unimaginative, just down right lazy and unresponsive on the part of the developers to just resort to cutting down, destroying these living beings  that provide so much esthetic value and worth that overflow into a sense of comfort and well being for everyone graced by their presence.

Missed this hearing date. Just darn.

Maybe we could still email our comments to the San Luis Obispo tree committee. It is worth a shot. Save these beautiful trees. They don’t have to die. Little extra effort by the developers could save them if we raise enough of a concern. These trees are part of our identity. We nurtured them. Cared for them in sickness and in health, freezing and sweltering temperatures.  We need to be saving them and appreciating them.  Here’s contact info. Get on the slocity tree committee newsletter. So the next time they announce comments on tree removal we can show up in force.  Still write a comment about this tree removal. It is worth a shot and the lest we can do in return for all the good these trees have done for us. https://www.slocity.org/government/advisory-bodies/agendas-and-minutes/tree-committee

That’s It.

Can you imagine the full version? Don’t even.

There is so so much going on in our county and so many wonderful, dedicated, people, putting it all out there, every day and in every way for everyone.  We are a force. And there are some really exciting, earth changing, earth shattering, in a good way projects and issues coming down the pike that are going to take our breath away. So Stand by people,  take a deep breath and prepare to trip the light fantastic. We got everything we need, to do exactly what we need to do, to get to exactly where we need to be.  We are all synced up. Don’t forget to breathe.

Much much love always,

Jean’ne

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