Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

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Source: Office of Rep. Salud Carbajal

[On Friday], Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) introduced the California’s Land Preservation and Protection Act to place a moratorium on fracking and new oil and gas drilling on federal lands on California’s central and southern coasts. This is direct pushback on the Trump administration’s decision allowing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pursue oil and gas leasing on over 1.2 million acres of California land, including San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26) is an original co-sponsor of this bill.

“We cannot stand by as the Trump administration pollutes our environment and auctions off our public lands, health, safety and economy,” said Carbajal. “My bill will stop the Bureau of Land Management from proceeding with any oil and gas activities that are detrimental to our environment, it promotes comprehensive research and it enhances environmental justice in our communities. The health of our Central Coast public land is key to the health of our communities—we will not be exploited by this administration and special interests.”

“In Ventura County, we pride ourselves on being good stewards of the environment,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. “The Bureau of Land Management has a responsibility to protect our public lands for future generations, but its recent actions to open up lands for drilling and fracking, including in Ventura County, are at odds with that mission. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the California’s Land Preservation and Protection Act because our public lands must be protected from the harmful impacts of drilling and fracking.”

California’s Land Preservation and Protection Act prohibits BLM from authorizing future oil and gas leasing until the department publishes a comprehensive environmental impact statement to assess potential effects on climate change, air quality, water, wildlife, emissions, impacted communities—including low-income and indigenous communities, and communities of color—and more. If the evaluation finds adverse impacts, BLM cannot move forward with new drilling and development.

On December 12, 2019, BLM announced the decision to allow for new oil and gas leasing in California. Shortly after, the Trump administration faced lawsuits from the state of California, Los Padres ForestWatch and Center for Biological Diversity.

Full bill text can be found here.

Rep. Salud Carbajal represents California’s 24th congressional district, encompassing Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and part of Ventura County. In Congress, Carbajal has been a longstanding environmental champion, passing three of his environmental bills through the House this term.

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Minibeast Feb 24, 2020 12:41 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

What about "astral consent?" Do we ponder how a meteor might slam into planet Earth, obliterating life as we know it? Meanwhile, carry on, business as usual. Larger forces at work, right? It's out of our hands. We've got the go ahead to continue to rape and despoil our planet unconscionably because, well, heck------might as well. Kinda sounds like The Rapture type thinking to me.

biguglystick Feb 24, 2020 01:15 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Thank you, Salud, for protecting our environment. As a native Californian, I appreciate your efforts. We need a move away from fossil fuels and the fossil fuel industry. Clean green energy is the way to go. From the comments here, you'd think that none of these people ever go to the beach or go hiking or get out into nature and really love it. Money is not everything.

SnapMaster Feb 24, 2020 01:20 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Anyone voting for salud is insane. You know, doing the same thing over and over again wanting a different result...

When has salud voted against the party line? He 100% votes in lockstep with Nancy. Wasted time and resources on the scam impeachment.

Now a fake bill which is literally DOA if it gets to the senate.

I guess party line salud put out this bogus waste of time for votes from the TDS infected crowd in Santa Barbara.

Turn off Fox News, CNN, MSDNC, etc and think for yourself. Try using something called Common Sense.

PitMix Feb 24, 2020 02:34 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Common sense for one person is nuttiness for another person. Most of us would not vote for the losers the Repubs put up (Farid, Chris Mitchum, Andy Colab) for anything. Bring back a moderate like Brooks Firestone and maybe you would have a chance.

jqb Feb 24, 2020 04:08 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Firestone supports Caldwell--if he ever was a moderate, he no longer is. Look at Caldwell's endorsements: "Please crush Slick Salud, this man only represents immigrants", "He’s not afraid to stand up against the socialist agenda that’s trying to turn California into Commifornia", "Andy is one of the most ethical and morally honest people around" -- LOL! Of course Denice "he's an Arab!" Abrams is on that list of deplorables endorsing Caldwell.

a-1582608444 Feb 24, 2020 09:27 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

You only wish many of these responses were written only by Caldwell, because then you could continue to believe political winds have not yet shifting in this town. There are many voices now who understand what being one-party town has done to us - not good. Try reading the N-P Sunday Voices section so you can hear the emerging new voices coming from many parts of this community - no, this is not just Andy Caldwell talking. Not by a long shot. Keep insulting, keep dismissing, keep mocking .... but remember what that same attitude accomplished only a few years ago. Time to debate the issues and matters of substance; not just name calling. The future of our city is worth it.

a-1582642589 Feb 25, 2020 06:56 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Brooks Firestone is in bed with the oil industry. He gets all kinds of subsidies from the oil industry on his property in SY Valley. Not to mention how his family got their money in the first place, destroying the forests in South America. Firestone did plenty of damage in SB County during his brief stint on the BOS. It took years to undo some of the shady deals along our precious Gaviota Coast. Firestone and his family, to include young Andrew (to my knowledge) , align themselves with Andy Caldwell who is no moderate. If you support Andy, as the Firestone family does, you support an anti-woman, anti-public school, anti-science, and pro-fossil fuel agenda.

a-1582646624 Feb 25, 2020 08:03 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Salud Carbajal has done nothing to protect the coast. The biggest issue our coast faces are the hordes of vagrancy camps up and down coastal California. Carbajal has done zero to eliminate this direct and immediate threat to the California coast: massive amounts of fecal contamination, debris, little, shanty towns, fires and drug-running corridors. Where is any evidence Carbajal has worked with HUD Secretary Ben Carson to use federal powers to eliminate this coastal Caliornia threat. Where has Carbajal shown any initiative working with the federal regulations and force Union Pacific to rid the train tracks of this vagrancy camp hazard that affects our important coastal transportation route. Why hasn't Carbajal joined President Trump in using the full powers of the EPA to clean up these heavily polluting vagrancy camp hazards which are immediate therats to public and environmental health and safety. It is a myth Salud Carbajal has proctected our coast. He has not lifted a finger. Time has run out. Time someone who will actually get things done about this massive vagrancy camp invasion of coastal California; not just schedule photo ops pretending to do something of no merit or impact whatsoever. Why hasn't Carbajal worked with the two top Californian in the House to get this done - majority leader Pelosi and minority leader McCarthy and rid us of this coastal California vagrancy mess? Carbajal has betrayed coastal California. He has not earned even another minute in this office. Carbajal is beyond useless.

PitMix Feb 25, 2020 09:34 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

*****Warning- Rant detected******. Try providing some actual solutions to these problems instead of criticizing someone who is bound by our legal and ethical system. To my knowledge the EPA does not have a security force with arresting powers to do what you suggest. Or maybe you think writing out tickets or suing them in court is a solution to the homeless problem?

sacjon Feb 25, 2020 11:04 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

ADAM - hahahahah omg omg that's so funny!! I've never heard that same exact line from you before here! I'm literally rolling on the floor laughing! Not. Get some new material and don't quit your day job.

Alexblue Feb 26, 2020 09:50 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

I use a different fuel for my car, but who really gives a sh!t? You're predictable and boring. Same old stale and tired bla-bla-bla. The one thing you didn't mention is that, you are only fueling your tank with 90% or so gasoline.

The rest of it is recycled crap that you regurgitate after consuming your outrage media. So many victims, poor, poor bros who are being battered by all the hippies and women and minorities and environmentalists.

Poor, poor, you.

a-1582671581 Feb 25, 2020 02:59 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Who best protects our coast? A do-nothing incumbent Congressman who pretends to object to a non-existent pipeline going from no where to no where, hundreds of miles away from the coast. Or a Congressman challenger who can work with federal officials and programs who have already demonstrated willingness and urgency to clean up the filthy vagrancy camps that are directly threatening our California coastline, as we speak? The federal EPA does police property owners who maintain hazardous toxic waste sites. Federal Transportation Agency can stop the misues of RR corridors for vagrancy camps and crime corridors. Trump is willing; Carson is willing; and even Gov Gavis Newsom is finally catching on. When has Salud Carbajal done anything to work with federal and state officials to get this urgent threat to our coastal waters and our coastal environment cleaned up? Never.

a-1582672088 Feb 25, 2020 03:08 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Carbajal is just another useless Democrat trying to stir up support and sympathy by promoting photo-ops and bills that do do nothing except create more restrictions and do nothing to actually solve difficult issues. Look at his voting record - it is always 100% Democratic party-line, and look where that has gotten our once-great state. He now words his email messages in Spanish as well as English, which I consider offensive and pandering to his hoped-for voter base. If you are an illegal immigrant then he will protect, harbor, and defend you to the max. Of course in California, there are plenty of rules for those who obey the rules, but no rules for people who don't obey the rules. And while I won't be voting for Senior Carbajal, I see no reason for all the Andy Calwell bashing posted in this thread; at least he tells it like it is and doesn't hide behind the hypocritical "I'm a nice guy and only care about you and the environment" facade.

Bob Wilson Feb 26, 2020 08:19 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Spot on!!! Every point you make is accurate. Carbajal was the water boy for Naomi Schwartz. He was a boot-licking puppet for the Dem party back then, and he still is. Salude: ILLEGAL immigration is not the same as LEGAL immigration. Illegal is illegal. Start adhering to Federal law and your oath of office.

PitMix Feb 26, 2020 09:19 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Cons are out in force today with their anonymous internet con jobs. It must be frustrating to have your candidates lose elections time after time. You can always move to the Central Valley to be around like-minded people.....

a-1582740326 Feb 26, 2020 10:05 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Progs/Libs are squirming in discomfort today, because they are used to hearing only their side of the debate. Yes, it has been unhappy to witness what has happened after voters post 1999, let this become a one-party town, county and state. You got that one right, PitMix. Now you are demanding authoritarian censorship as well? That might be a bridge too far, as witnessed also by the growing voices of dissent against this one-party mess we find ourselves in today.

a-1582742414 Feb 26, 2020 10:40 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Must be many newbie con commentators here. Santa Barbara was a GOP stronghold for over a century and guess what? During the "good ole days" there were homeless camping in the bushes, defecating in public, and aggressively panhandling. Now they think that a Congressman should have a magic wand.

a-1582743426 Feb 26, 2020 10:57 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

You misrepresent the "good old days" as well as Carbajal's refusal to take the extended hand of the US President who wanted to use whatever federal powers were available to clean up this ever expanding vagrancy mess. Child's Estate was a working man's self-governing encampment on private property, with strict no alcohol rules. The Fig Tree hobos and drug dealers moved on to greener pastures when the stop signs were eliminated on 101. Then we lost control after Mayor Harriet Miller days when we had a string of "progressive" city councils. Now we have a plague in numbers, costs, drugs, needles, feces and urine, creeks pollutions and seriousness of health and safety dangers to the rest of us. Yet people are more worried about 67 reported cases of the corona virus in the entire US? Something smells fishy in your distorted re-telling of the "good old days".

PitMix Feb 26, 2020 11:52 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

I'm only surrounded by con-speak because most of the rational people have been driven off Edhat by the Limbaugh loonies. They don't enjoy countering diatribes with rational discourse like I do. The comments on Edhat are majority anti-Salud, anti-Murillo, pro-Trump, pro-drilling, and yet all of these ideas are consistently defeated at the polls in our community. But keep banging your head against a wall if you want. Maybe it will make you see the light?

jqb Feb 26, 2020 03:36 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

"Listen to what they are saying" -- We do ... that's how we know that they are intellectually and morally bankrupt. "so many more today are agreeing with them" -- see, there's an example. The majority of your neighbors are NOT stupid ignorant lying racist misogynist sociopathic trash, and that's why they vote for Democrats.

macpuzl Feb 26, 2020 12:10 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Surprise! Caldwell's financial disclosure forms for donations to his campaign have turned out to be riddled with errors and illegal donations. In his defense. he said he doesn't understand campaign finance laws. What a twit.

a-1582727621 Feb 26, 2020 06:33 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

The Texiera family is the same one that has tried to put their farmworkers in inadequate and substandard housing in Santa Maria. They bought some old junkie motels and turned them into farm labor camps. I think they are the same ones that bought some houses in residential single family areas and then tried to turn them into dormitories. So Andy the 'government watchdog' has some dubious bedfellows . I have always wondered how he is paid to write his editorials in the Newspress and then prints the same ones in the COLAB newsletter. And getting paid by both? How is he able to run for public office and still have that platform in the Newspress? Go to the COLAB website and follow the money. I support agriculture but in every industry you have some shady characters that don't follow the rules. Adam Family, this other family. Not the good guys of agriculture.

a-1582734778 Feb 26, 2020 08:32 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Clerical errors were made which is why they will be filing amended financial reports. Why didn't you read the full article? Are you worried union-funded, Nancy Pelosi lackie Carbajal is losing ground?

a-1582744511 Feb 26, 2020 11:15 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

If you are going to quote part of the SLO article about Caldwell, why are you omitting the info about questionable Carbajal donations from lobbyists and other donors? Carbajal has raised over $1.2 million this election cycle from a variety of individuals, businesses, and political action committees, many of which are questionable. That is more than twice what Caldwell has raised and if you think all of Carbajal's and other politicians donors are "clean" you'd be a fool. Ironically and typically hypocritical, it has been accurately reported that many donors associated with the oil and gas industry are Carbajal donors, both currently and in the past. As mentioned by another individual here, Caldwell is amending his financial records and I doubt he was even aware there were errors and discrepancies in reporting since he has a treasurer who handles those filings. There is another post here that is asking how Caldwell is able to run for public office and have a platform in the News Press and COLAB. There is nothing wrong with that, and if you disagree, you only have to read the Los Angeles Times to see all the free space they allow Adam Schiff and Kamala Harris to post their op-eds. Sorry folks, Carbajal has got to go. Don't let yourselves be duped by him. This one-party state is destroying California and positive change has to happen. And that may mean being viewed by voters as politically incorrect if we expect this state to get back on track. Being "nice" like Newsom on down the Democratic political ladder to elected officials like Carbajal and Morillo is only hurting this state. As my Jesuit teacher in high school was fond of saying to us, "Mister, the truth often hurts."

Alexblue Feb 26, 2020 11:32 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

The fact that you think Andy Caldwell, who has never actually done anything in his life other than be a professional complainer and victim, would be able to improve anything in California is hysterically funny.

bigone Feb 26, 2020 11:48 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

It should be noted that The McClatchy Company owns the San Luis Tribune where Caldwell's (and Carbajal's) financial records were reported. They are a left-leaning politically biased company (like most of the MSM these days and even smaller publications like our local Independent) so it is not hard to imagine they bash conservative Republicans and endorse Democratic lackeys like Carbajal. When I look at all of these leftist media outlets and what candidates and bills they endorse, influencing easily deceived voters who don't take the time to look critically at all sides, it is easy to see how California has become a disaster in so may ways.

a-1582747041 Feb 26, 2020 11:57 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Alex, Carbajal has done nothing except vote stupid, destructive party-lines, waste time bashing Trump, and assisting in California's downhill spiral. I would like to give Caldwell a chance because no one can be worse than Carbajal, unless, of course you like fellow Democrats like Newsom, Becerra, Padilla, Limon, Pelosi, Schiff, Harris, Waters, and Murillo.

a-1582747574 Feb 26, 2020 12:06 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

More people like Newsome, Becerra, Padilla, Limon, Pelosi, Schiff, Harris, Waters, and Murillo than their opponents. That is why they are elected to office over and over again. Come on you Tea Party Marching Society types: Elections have consequences. Run a candidate that is something other than a reactionary bomb throwing MAGA caveman and you might just win an election.

a-1582748381 Feb 26, 2020 12:19 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

GOP just can't beat the Democrat when it comes to name-calling and the politics of personal destruction. Democrats are too well funded by the public sector unions. Take away their guaranteed special public employee interest money, rank and file block voting, and now vote harvesting and a slew of lat minute "provisional" balloting, and it might be a fair fight again. However, they have locked up the system in just a few short years since this public sector union takeover moved into the power vacuum created by term limits.

a-1582749023 Feb 26, 2020 12:30 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Yes, "more people like" the California Democrats mentioned. And look what they have done to this state,, now considered the worst by most of the country except fellow liberal, "progressive" states like New York and Illinois who are also have high-density cities that are crime, drug, traffic, and illegal immigrant and homeless havens. Yes, elections have consequences, and in the case of California's elected Democratic officials, it has proven a disaster over the past 20 years. If these liberal idiots keep getting elected by "people who like them" it's only going to get worse.

a-1582750426 Feb 26, 2020 12:53 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Actually California has been a lot better. It used to have the best public schools in the nation, but now they are consistently ranked #45 or lower. It never used to have a trillion dollar unfunded public pension obligation, that is getting passed on to the younger generation to pay off. Don't confuse the private economic success of the 1% high tech oligarchs who mainly reside in Silicon Valley and pay 50% of the state income taxes, with the wide swath of malaise inflicted on this state by the one-party public sector interests. Voters are finally catching on as this one-party state is over-stepping itself with more and more draconian interference with their daily lives - public pension demands crowding out public infrastructure maintenance, private gig economy prohibitions; wiping out local zoning, imposing social engineering demands on private sector business decisions, leaving the state vulnerable to fires and floods because of "environmental" sell outs, just to name a few. Trying now to tamper with Prop 13 protections too. Do you follow the news at all? Or do you just want to push this distorted one- party Democrat party line?


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