County Supervisors Oppose Oil Drilling and Fracking Plan

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County Supervisors Oppose Oil Drilling and Fracking Plan
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Source: Los Padres ForestWatch

[Tuesday], Santa Barbara County Supervisors approved and adopted a resolution "opposing the leasing of federal public lands in Santa Barbara County for oil and gas development as part of the Bureau of Land Management's Resource Management Plan." 

The resolution was sponsored by First District County Supervisor Gregg Hart in response to the Trump Administration’s plan to open more than one million acres of lands throughout the coastal and interior regions of central California to new oil drilling and fracking. The drilling and fracking plan would end a 5-year moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on federal lands in California.

Within days, the Trump Administration is expected to finalize a study that will initiate the opening of federal lands and mineral estate across eight counties, including 122,000 acres in Santa Barbara County in or adjacent to Los Padres National Forest, school campuses, Lake Cachuma, Jalama Beach, Refugio Pass, Ken Adam Park, Drum Canyon, Nojoqui County Park, Vandenberg Air Force Base, the City of Lompoc, and more. 

In anticipation of the proposal’s impacts to local resources, the Cities of San Luis Obispo and Ojai passed similar resolutions over the summer, and the City of Carpinteria is expected to consider one later this month. Over the weekend, the Governor took steps to oppose the plan with the signing of AB 342, a law that bars the construction of pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property to serve federal oil leases.

“Santa Barbara County residents and visitors alike recognize the value of preserving and protecting our federal public lands for generations to come,” said Supervisor Gregg Hart. “This morning, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted to protect our natural environment by opposing the Bureau of Land Management’s proposal to open up federal public lands in our region for new oil and gas projects”

Jeff Kuyper and Rebecca August with Los Padres ForestWatch received the resolution. “We applaud our elected leaders who are stepping up to do what they can to protect public health, clean water, and our environment,” said Executive Director Kuyper. “This plan threatens our region’s most iconic places, Los Padres National Forest, Carrizo Plain National Monument, Sequoia National Park, Montaña de Oro, the Pacific Crest Trail and others. It’s critical that agencies use all available tools to protect these community resources as well as wildlife habitat.”

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JB86 Oct 17, 2019 09:22 PM
County Supervisors Oppose Oil Drilling and Fracking Plan

You might want to consider where the money for the County will come from if you strangle energy production. Gotta come from SOMEWHERE. Or, just lay off teachers , firefighters and cops. Your choice. Maybe you think Cannabis will make it up? Guess again, already a glut, with illegal producers going big-time, untaxed.

macpuzl Oct 17, 2019 10:07 PM
County Supervisors Oppose Oil Drilling and Fracking Plan

SB County annual property tax revenue from oil companies - between $7 and $8 million annually. Total cost of Refugio Oil Spill cleanup alone - $257 million. Cost in degradation of health and environment - subsidized by everyone. Yeah, that sounds like a good deal to me.

a-1573966330 Oct 17, 2019 11:59 AM
County Supervisors Oppose Oil Drilling and Fracking Plan

50+ years of oil extraction and suddenly, nooow we're concerned. Hey supes, whatcha gonna do with that deteriorating rig off Elwood? Seems you allowed a company to drill for years only to leave the county holdin' the bag. And what about all the bubblin' crude leakin' through all them junked wells? You know, like the stuff off Summerland being sold to the public as natural seeps? Yeah.. Business as usual in the land of Oz. And say, have we done much with the Unocal seaps in Orcutt? Nah... Pushed to the back burner. Least we EVER stop to think about what's takin' place above La Conchita. Now lets all get out and Drive Our Cars and Slip into the drive-thru at the Starbucks Plastics Company on Turnpike!

a-1573966330 Oct 16, 2019 01:21 PM
County Supervisors Oppose Oil Drilling and Fracking Plan

Bravo, Supes! Trump is selling out our environment along with our world allies. I wonder if he's having his kids invest in all the major oil & gas companies that are ready to rape the California landscape. "Sad"

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