#74 SLO Clean Water Newsletter – Unscheduled hiatus – Fundraiser update- The Kind of Story We Need Right Now: Grandma Strangles Bobcat to Death

#74 SLO Clean Water Newsletter – Unscheduled hiatus – Fundraiser update- The Kind of Story We Need Right Now: Grandma Strangles Bobcat to Death

Hi Folks,
So sorry.  Had some unscheduled roto rooter work done on the ole pipes leading up to the ticker and just getting my mojo back up to speed.  Got a clean bill of health and am good to go for another 40 years or 100,000 miles whichever comes first.  So here goes.

Big thanks to all those that contributed to the Hugs and Kisses campaign. We done good real good!  We are just $4,000 short of our goal. $4,000 will put us on the map and in the history books and a promise I will never ask for another cent.

So what this lawsuit against our Board of Supervisors will do will force the Board to do their job and uphold the law.  The law is: only licensed EPA approved contractors can dump toxic waste on​ EPA approved designated site that satisfy EPA approved Class 1 Underground Injection Control program.  The Arroyo Grande Oil fields has never been licensed because the Board of Supervisors intentionally ignored the laws prohibiting partnering up with unlicensed contractors and no one ever called them out on it.  Until now.

One of the reasons why the fossil fuel industry is able to make more money than god and buy influence all over the place is because they have always escaped the ‘cost prohibitive,” their words, environmental safety and health laws. This official petition is cutting off that escape route once and for all.

We are not the only ones now taking our complaints and petitions to the court.

Kristin Schafer, Executive Director of Pesticide Action Network North America, released the following statement: The case was against Monsanto and Roundup.

“Children, farmworkers, rural families and science are all huge winners today. The court affirmed that EPA’s job is to protect public health, not industry profits — and found that their reversal of the planned ban of this brain-harming pesticide was in fact illegal. Sadly, under this administration it takes judges to force our public agencies and officials to stand up to corporate henchmen and do their jobs.”   

Here is another win that says people matter and that things are changing.

https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/08/03/portland-oregon-wins-court-battle-ban-new-oil-infrastructure

In a big win for the City of Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued a ruling that the city had not violated the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause by voting to ban any new fossil fuel terminals within its borders.

“This is a major victory for the climate and our communities,” said Maura Fahey, staff attorney at Crag Law Center, which represented environmental groups intervening in the case.  “Industry couldn’t even get its foot in the door of the courtroom to try to overturn the City’s landmark law. This sends a powerful message to local communities that now is the time to take action to protect our future.”

Taking action means a court order served on the Board of Supervisors to do their job and shut down the Arroyo Grande Oil fields for illegal and unlawful dumping of toxic waste into the unincorporated areas of SLO County. Board knowingly and with intent permitted an unlicensed contractor to dump toxic waste into the unincorporated areas of SLO County.

This is wrong and we are going to make it right.

Even with a law like Measure G banning fracking the oil industry’s modus operandi is to bankrupt, harass and fatigue a community by bringing a lawsuit claiming the ban is infringing on their right to earn a livelihood.  These kinds of suits are cost prohibitive for a community and could go on for years. However, if it has been determined, and this is what our suit against the Board is doing, by a court that only licensed contractors with EPA UIC Class I certification can apply for an application to drill then the court would need to see the license before a claim against the county could be filed.

We could pretty much close the books once and for all on the long standing criminal activity at the Arroyo Grande Oil fields by Christmas time.  Suit against our BOS could happen as soon as September and ordinance on the books by November. Nice.

This is going to change the way we do business with our elected officials.  We are in charge for a change.

Thank you.

Ecologistics, Inc. is ready to take your tax-deductible donations. MAIL: Checks MO’s to Ecologistics 4349 Old Santa Fe Road, #5, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401: Memo SLO CLEAN WATER ACTION

OR

https://ecologistics.org/donate/ credit card payment even bitcoin.  Drop down menu click on SLO CLEAN WATER ACTION.

Thank you.

And Finally

The Kind of Story We Need Right Now: Grandma Strangles Bobcat to Death

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwpHSKHyEWQ

Time to kick ass

jeannewater@gmail.com

SLO Clean Water.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWSLETTER #73- TIME TO LAWYER UP

Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses Campaign

Click to donate

 

​A couple of angels could do a fly by…… just saying

I have never really fund raised for SLO Clean Water before.  We have worked together for 6 years or more on the issue of halting the illegal and unlawful dumping of toxic waste in the unincorporated areas of SLO County that has been in progress for over 15 years.

We have donated and volunteered our time and energies to a lot of campaigns, calls to action, petition drives, marches, road trips, rallies, town hall meetings, democracy school, lobbying elected officials en mass and one on one that has always proven to be above and beyond. But I have never asked for the big bucks like I am now. ​

I guess I was waiting for the right moment and wanted to make sure we only had to do this money raising thing once.

So this is it. The right moment. A fundraiser that is going to put an end to this habitually obscene travesty of toxic dumping in our backyard.  Enough is enough.

With the nearly constant barrage of life threatening circumstances we are faced with daily by this administration and Mother Nature which requires our undivided attention, we cannot keep up this resistance and maintain our persistence of halting toxic dumping with the same unwavering strength and energy.  It is time to turn our hard earned collective energies over to someone that can do whatever it takes to get the job done and done right.

It is time to lawyer up and put this fight into the hands of those who are going to see it to the end without missing a beat.  We have everything we need legally, morally and ethically. All that remains to get this done is funds to pay for court costs and legal fees.   We have the law on our side and it is time to put it to work for us.  It is going to earn us our freedom from fossil fuels.

Let the local BOS wanabes do their dance.  We are partnering up with some legal eagles that have some moves that will make heads spin.

So, on the issue of halting the illegal and unlawful dumping of toxic waste in the Arroyo Grande Oil fields please donate to Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses Campaign  All donations go to legal fees and court cost and are tax deducible thanks to our beloved fiscal sponsors Ecologistics.

If anybody has contact info for Barbara Streisand, Ellen, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Crosby, Alex Trebek, Lady Gaga, Robert Redford, Willie Nelson or Mark Ruffalo do feel free to pass this on. Want to give anyone a chance to donate to a really good cause and help a lot of people in the process. Freedom from fossil fuel is a really good cause.  Sign up here.

Jean’ne’s Hugs and Kisses Campaign

​THANK YOU THIS MUCH

NEWSLETTER #72 – A little bit of everything and then some

NEWSLETTER #72 – A little bit of everything and then some

FIRST

SECOND

BILL DENNEEN

I had occasion to contact Bill about an issue going on in Nipomo that I thought he could help clarify. I got this email back from David Georgi a close and trusted friend.

Bill is in a serious state of decline. He doesn’t use email or
phone any more. His caregivers neglect him. Several of his friends visit
him often and bring him food.    If you can, stop by and say hi.
Contact me if you want more info.

dgeorgi@outlook.com

BILL Deneen is a national treasure.  All you activists and Mother Earth Lovers know what a true champion and warrior for Nature Bill has been for all his life.​ This from the Tribune

Denneen, 92, has spent decades defending California’s coastline. On his 90th birthday in 2015, he was deemed “a national treasure” by then-Rep. Lois Capps at a birthday celebration attended by about 150 well-wishers. Supervisor Bruce Gibson called Denneen “the county’s environmental conscience,” and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian was among many others who lauded the honoree that day.

The environmental legend is known for his thick white beard and hair, piercing blue eyes, and his hiking boots and shorts, but especially for his self-proclaimed “eco-hooligan” status, vision, activism and accomplishments.

Denneen was a D-Day medic who moved to Nipomo in 1960 to teach biology at Santa Maria High School before switching to Allan Hancock College, where he worked for 25 years….  You can get the rest of the story here.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/article199681574.html#storylink=cpy

​I got back to David to see just how we could show this man how much we love and appreciate him and this is what I got back from David.

I brought Bill some clam chowder
and berries Friday. He wolfed the chowder, pausing to remark how his
neighbor makes better chowder. His hearing was problematic, as Patti
says, he needs to wear his aid. I mentioned that
we were planning a birthday celebration at the Nipomo Native Garden,
and he was pleased. Uncharacteristically, he gave me a hug when I left.
When I last visited with Carol, he hugged her but only gave me a fist
bump.

So, I know we are all busier than mud dabbing hornets and we are all truly blessed to know what is really important and of great significance in our lives. Honoring and embracing treasures that have made a difference in our lives is one of those priorities we would not let escape our attention. Bill needs to know how much we love and appreciate him.

Comfort food, visits, hugs, love letters are our way of saying thank you and we love you to a very deserving and precious soul.

Then I got this email from Virginia Souza.

Hi Jeanne,  I am taking over some food to share with Bill today.  Dave Georgi is going Friday.  I am going around 1 pm.
Patty takes him out for a drive on thursdays.  What do u think about
getting some other days filled in?  The “meals” should be very small and
easy to digest.  I am taking a broccoli cauliflower cream soup with
French bread and a carton of blueberries.  He does not like Spicy. The
idea is to get some visitors over there so he knows peoples  care. 

He is really hard of hearing but loves company.  His address is 1040 Cielo, Nipomo.  Virginia

Bill has lots of friends and we need to let him know just how many lives he has touched.

So Bill is going to be 93 on June 9th and a Birthday Party at Nipomo Native Gardens at noon is planned. Don’t wait till then. Do something now if you can.

I asked Virginia and David if we could use their emails to send Bill some thoughts and they said o.k. and would make sure he gets them.  Also, if you want to check in with them to see when a good time to visit is here is contact info.

 Virgina Souza<vps805@gmail.com>

David Georgi<dgeorgi@outlook.com>

 

So there you have it folks. Please share this information with all your contacts. You know Bill is known and loved by this whole community and we need to get this out to everyone.

Much much love all you beautiful people.

Group Hug.

 

THIRD

SHOUT OUTS

 

I want to give you a quick VICTORY results of the  Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) meeting today.

11 Favor – 2 No – vote to authorize IWMA staff to work on a County-wide ordinance.

The first reading is scheduled for Sept 12.

The nays are Pechong and Arnold.  

I was surprised (altho some aren’t surprised) that Compton voted Yay) because two years ago she personally told me she wouldn’t vote for this.  Is she counting votes?  

 Pechong kept pointing out a “fact” that there are 60 cities in CA that recycle Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) that he had received 36 letters opposing this ordinance.  

  Arnold flew all over the place with weird things she had read – one is that EPS is food-safe; and that her business owners had written letters of protest. 

There were about 12 speakers in favor; one representative from the Restaurant Association – but I don’t recall if she said “where” she was from.  Her comments were not based on facts, just on “affordability” to make the switch, and Foam is what will keep them in business.  

Thank you to all who came out and attended the meeting and stood up to speak; many who had sent in letters of support.  

It’s a VICTORY!

Janine Rands

Another Shout out – Can’t have too much good news right?



May 1 at 11:00am ·

TODAY IS THE DAY! Join us live from San Luis Obispo as we celebrate turning in 20,000 signatures collected by hundreds of volunteers across the county for official count by the County Clerk-Recorder’s office.

Initiative to Ban all new OIL wells in SLO County

 

Shout out for the truth and nothing but the truth so help us god.

And yes, yes, yes, SLO County is going to be fracking and toxic waste dumping FREE. We got everything we need to win. We have each other AND we got the law inside and out on our side this time around. Don’t watch this happen be the happening.  Love you all to infinity and back.

 

 

JEAN’NE

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.

 

 
 
 
 
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow up to sign on pledge. Candidate for Governor, Delaine Eastin.

Got another signature tonight for the Oil money out pledge.  Delaine Eastin, candidate for Governor.  She is no moonbean.  She has a history of environmental activism and opposes fracking. Supports a Statewide ban. She has never taken any oil money and her whole campaign is Bernique style and totally grass roots.  She is real. Fearless. I asked her if as Governor would she enforce the Feb 15  shut down deadline  of those 1650 wells and she assured me that illegal wells would be shut down without hesitation. I gave her the petition to Attorney General Becerra for some background info.

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Did you email DOGGR about the aquifer exemption?
CALL THEM.
(661) 322-4031  Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.

Hi my name is ___________ and I live in San Luis Obispo County.  I am calling to say I do not approve of the aquifer exemption in San Luis Obispo.

1.    The site has not met any of the standards or legal criteria for a Class I or II waste disposal site according to UIC program.

2.    Injection of fluids begins only AFTER the EPA approves an aquifer exemption and an underground injection control permit is granted not the other way around.   ARROYO GRANDE OIL FIELD  HAS BEEN INJECTING TOXIC WASTE WITHOUT EPA APPROVAL FOR OVER 20 YEARS. THIS SITE IS IN VIOATION OF EPA rules

a) §264.11   Identification number.  AGOF has no such ID Number    b) 42 U.S. Code § 6921 – Identification and listing of hazardous waste

c)  § 144.11 Prohibition of unauthorized injection.    Any underground injection, except into a well authorized by rule or except as authorized by permit issued under the UIC program, is prohibited. The construction of any well required to have a permit is prohibited until the permit has been issued.  No authorization by rule has been issued.

d)  Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) to the RCRA  prohibites disposal unless the waste has been treated to become non-hazardous.  AGOF has not been so treated SO THE SITE DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR EXEMPTION STATUS.

                3.   And lastly the Arroyo Grande Oil Field is under a cease and desist order from your department’s  Feb 15, 2017 shut down of 1650  unregistered wells.  Eleven of those wells are at the AGOG and are illegally dumping toxic waste into the unincorporated areas. This site does not quality for exemption status  until it is properly registered and authorized by the EPA. it does not have legal standing under the UIC program. An exemption does not make it legal.  Shut down the illegal wells don’t approve them.

In conclusion: Because of the aforementioned inadequacies in the data I respectfully reject this supplemental information that fails to meet safety and health criteria under Federal Code of Regulation UIC program.

And further, I demand that the noticed shut down date of Feb. 15, 2017 issued by DOGGR is implemented immediately with fees and penalties in the amount of $12,375,000,000 owned  taxpayers is delivered upon demand. We do so demand.300 days times 1650 wells @$25,000 each = $12,375,000,000.

Thank-you

You still have time to email that also.  Do it NOW. EASY

OVER AND OUT FRIENDS.

Addendum newsletter #69 Pledge results

Here are the results from an invitation to sign the Pledge “I pledge to not take contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industry and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.” with the understanding that no response by Nov. 10 is a declination to sign.
Compton – incumbent 4th district SLO BOS No – decline to sign
Peschong -Sitting board 1st District BOS No- decline to sign.
Arnold – Sitting board 5th BOS – I sent the email directly to Supervisor Arnold on Nov. 1. This is her response received on Nov. 9

Thank you for your email. I will be glad to share this correspondence with Supervisor Arnold, however she is out in the district today and I am unable to present this until next week due to the holiday.

Sincerely,

Jen Caffee for Supervisor Arnold

Debbie Arnold
Supervisor, District 5

So if we do not hear back from Arnold by Nov 17 she is a NO- Decline to sign

Carbajal -incumbent 24th congressional district No- Decline to sign.
Fareed – candidate 24th congressional district No – Decline to sign
Feinstein – incumbent – US Senate No- Decline to sign

And to reiterate: Yes – signers

Jimmy Pauling-candidate 4th district Board of Supervisors
Bruce Gibson – incumbent 2nd district Board of Supervisors
Adam Hill sitting member – 3rd District Board of Supervisors

Heidi Harmon – sitting Mayor San Luis Obispo
Andy Pease – sitting SLO city council
Aaron Gomez – sitting SLO city council

Coleen Martin – sitting Lucia Mar Unified School District Board of Trustees Area 2
Mark Buckman – sitting Lucia Mar Unified School District Board of Trustees Area 1

I did ask Allison Hartman Nov 8 candidate US Senator California but did not specify deadline to respond. If anyone would like to follow up with Allison we could post her response.

So this concludes the Pledge drive.