Opinion: No Fracking on our Public Land

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By Seth Steiner of Los Alamos

This matter concerns an attempt to foist on us oil leasing and hydraulic fracturing in 1.6 million acres of our federally-protected public lands here on the Central Coast.

Supervisor Hart's resolution opposing further dangerous oil operations here aims to protect us all. We can hope that a measure of wisdom and courage will also come to Supervisors Lavagnino and Adam... if not, we have the next election to correct matters. And, thankfully, Joan Hartmann is a District Supervisor and deserves our continued support against Big Oil's candidate, Bruce Porter.

The entire Trump Administration scheme to frack here is in pursuit of short-term profit for a few, and more oil and gas than we need or can ever safely use.

There are many well-documented concerns about fracking’s disastrous effects. Its proponents concede that it can contaminate our water, pollute our air, and lead to dangerous levels of seismic activity. Moreover, oil operations and their extensive infrastructure would increase the risk of calamitous forest fires.

We depend on the wisdom of our County Supervisors for decisions that will encourage our economy to grow in safe, smart and sustainable ways… ways that bring more good jobs and a wholesome and hopeful environment for our youth, while promoting less, not more, emphysema and cancer.

The Board may not have it within its power to block outright this ill-considered plan. We depend on all of our elected officials and agencies of government to work in our best interest. This means simply doing everything possible to place roadblocks to protect our County from the countless destructive effects of this alien and ill-conceived BLM proposal.


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humungous Oct 15, 2019 04:45 PM
Opinion: No Fracking on our Public Land

To the poster at 12:59 PM on 12/15: No, we're saying that the Trump is trying to exploit our beautiful county, and upset our delicate ecosystem by allowing new oil and gas drilling. Sheesh! Read the article before you comment!

a-1574322489 Oct 15, 2019 06:12 PM
Opinion: No Fracking on our Public Land

There you go again with the Trump-is-the-worst business. Consider this: everything would be better if Trump was not the POTUS. Is that the problem? "Houston, we has a problem." Houston is not listening my friends.

GeneralTree Oct 15, 2019 03:49 PM
Opinion: No Fracking on our Public Land

And now Trump#45 wants to tear into Alaskan lumber. Profiteers just wish to make money without regards to the future.

oops Oct 15, 2019 02:08 PM
Opinion: No Fracking on our Public Land

"would increase the risk of calamitous forest fires"......are you kidding me. This Op-Ed is nothing but a salad bowl of propaganda fed from environmental whackos. Drill Baby Drill

Eggs Ackley Oct 16, 2019 07:57 AM
Opinion: No Fracking on our Public Land

Quoting Sarah Palin? ROTFL Please inform yourself that the meek have inherited the earth, and we're not putting up with that kind of nonsense. (Some of us may just be your grandchildren and we're pissed as hell at you for trying to sacrifice our future. )

ChillinGrillin Oct 15, 2019 02:03 PM
Opinion: No Fracking on our Public Land

Until oil companies disclose what chemicals are in the large quantities of fracking fluid they pump in the ground, I don't believe a single word they say. Fracking pumps large quantities of industrial lubricants and chemicals into the ground to loosen up oil deposits and bring them to the surface. Oil companies avoid regulation by claiming the fluids are a "trade secret." Taxpayers have also been fooled for decades by oil companies leaving toxic waste sites and leaky caps on old wells. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us numerous times and screw up the beaches, GTFO OF OUR COMMUNITY.

a-1574322489 Oct 15, 2019 12:59 PM
Opinion: No Fracking on our Public Land

Trump? Like are you really going to blame Trump? No matter the issue ....it's Trump, Trump, Trump. All ills started 3 years ago...is that what you is saying?

a-1574322489 Oct 15, 2019 07:09 PM
Opinion: No Fracking on our Public Land

I for one am, in huge part if not all, blaming the current president's policies, disregard for political norms and ethics, interest in profit over all other considerations, and his "buddy-buddy with the industry" cabinet department heads! Among other current administration follies.

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