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Board of Supervisors Approve Measure P Ordinances
updated: Jul 29, 2014, 1:50 PM

Source: Yes on Measure P

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES IMPLEMENTING ORDINANCE ALLOWING CURRENT OIL PRODUCTION AND MAINTENANCE TO CONTINUE UNDER MEASURE "P"

Community activists make presence felt at planning commission meeting to consider exemptions allowing current oil production and well maintenance to continue as directed under Measure "P"

July 29 Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisor, Santa Barbara - An extensive group of community activists delivered public comment at special meeting of of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors to consider the current oil production exemptions in Measure P, the initiative to ban extreme new oil extraction techniques in Santa Barbara County.

In addition to pointing out the dangers of extreme new oil extraction techniques, they noted that similar measures all across the country had been successful against legal challenges--and that Measure P does not affect existing oil production or well maintenance.

Rebecca Claassen, Chair of Yes on Measure P, said: "Measure P is a well-crafted, legally defensible initiative that will protect our water supply from extreme extraction techniques while maintaining current oil production and well maintenance rights."

Oil industry and royalty recipient representatives have falsely claimed that Measure P would stop all current oil production and well maintenance. Santa Barbara County Counsel disagrees with that assessment, stating that the law provides exceptions for anyone with vested rights to current oil extraction projects.

"These are scare tactics. There have been 400 similar bans across the United States, and all legal challenges have failed with no cost to any of the counties involved. Measure P does not apply to current oil production or well maintenance. That is a lie being spread by the oil industry."

The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to create an implementing ordinance to clarify exemptions allowing current oil production and well maintenance to continue.

 

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