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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a-1582487713 Feb 23, 2020 11:55 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Such a flurry of press releases from our do-nothing congressperson, Salud Carbajal. What is the fine line between using public funds for campaign purposes and suspiciously-timed official, tax payer funded press releases? Thanks for wasting the last two years on a fools errand in Congress and not getting anything else done. Time to go, Salud.

CoastWatch Feb 23, 2020 12:54 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Salud and everyone in his office better practice what they preach... No more flights to DC, and Sacramento, No more driving gas powered vehicles, no more UPS and FED EX deliveries, no more cushions on their recliners and couches....etc, etc...
Hypocrites.

jqb Feb 24, 2020 10:07 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

You're new here, LINA24. The fellow with the vaguely environmentalist-sounding name is part of the contingent of science-denying (and generally truth denying) right wing ideologues who frequently comment here.

macpuzl Feb 23, 2020 01:54 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Thank you, Congressman Carbajal, for voting in the best interests of your constituents, and not caving in to the moneyed interests of big carbon. Too bad more people in government, especially the current administration, do not have your integrity and ethics. And too bad, especially in this day and age, that anyone is ignorant enough to fall for the falsehoods promulgated by the fossil fuel industries.

a-1582502084 Feb 23, 2020 03:54 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

No, Salud, it is not time to go. Because the alternative is an anti-woman, anti-public education whiner. Let's not forget his opponent for years belittled the women who served on the Board of Supervisors, calling them the 'twisted sisters' (read 'hags/witches'). The media let him get away with that like he was being 'cute'. No. That would not be allowed today. He was/is a sexist with a Capital S. And then don't forget his railing against those 'sinners' down at UCSB. Wild godless youth. Just get into the COLAB archives and read for yourselves. He has no use for public schools, having his wife home school his brood of 7 in Nipomo while he was out hobnobbing with the oil industry in SB County. So, no, it is not time for Salud to go.

gizmo1 Feb 23, 2020 07:01 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

What does Salud ? drive a Tesla (probably with all his $) forget American oil and lets be dependent on foreign petro (Ya right) stupid choice or buy us all all a telsa-oh ya tesla probably has a much larger carbon footprint than a regular car

macpuzl Feb 23, 2020 07:42 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Since you "probably" don't want to remain ignorant:
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https://www.carbonbrief.org/factcheck-how-electric-vehicles-help-to-tackle-climate-change

Minibeast Feb 23, 2020 08:54 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

I voted for Salud because he cares about keeping our air clean and keeping our oceans clean. If you had ever seen Caldwell in action as I have, at many many meetings, you would know he's a bombastic, right-wing idjit.** Cue music from Deliverance.** If it was up to Andy, all the green space between here and Buellton would be condos and richy rich mansions. That creep doesn't care about our planet; seven kids? Appalling.

a-1582523565 Feb 23, 2020 09:52 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

It's guaranteed that if Bruce "Never going to give you a straight answer" Porter gets seated in the 3rd District with his Doobie Brother homie Das sitting down in the 1st District, it will be the end of this gorgeous environment as we know it in SB County. They are both in the back pockets of Big Oil, Big Developers, one rich dude in Reno NV, and many other filthy rich outside-the -county people who all want one thing - M O N E Y & lots of it. They do not care for one second about our county, but only how to make M O N E Y!

a-1582524722 Feb 23, 2020 10:12 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Since Carbajal "really cares" about clean air and water, what has he done to stop the natural oil seeps in this area? ... "In 1999, two peer-reviewed studies found that natural seepage in the northern Santa Barbara Channel “was significantly reduced by oil production,” he concluded. Researchers found that seepage declined 50 percent over two decades because, “as oil was pumped from the reservoir, the pressure that drives natural seepage dropped.”....

macpuzl Feb 24, 2020 07:36 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Dr. Valentine at UCSB has done extensive studies on the oil seeps. Conclusion? "Research has yet to prove that a decrease in oil production leads to an increase in oil seepage, says David Valentine, professor of Earth sciences and biology at UC Santa Barbara.

But, Valentine adds, studies have shown that long-term gas production can diminish the amount of gas that enters the atmosphere, and the seeps in the vicinity of Holly are a major source of air pollution in Santa Barbara County.
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https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-platform-holly/

PitMix Feb 24, 2020 10:42 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Except that as they pump, they also inject wastewater to keep the pore pressures high. So they are not reducing the reservoir pressures and seeps. If they did, they might cause big earthquakes as the 2 of the biggest in CA occurred in Long Beach and Santa Barbara during periods of maximum oil extraction and no reinjection. Sorry science is so complicated but that's just how it is. Also, I'm not sure it is the job of humans to stop "natural" processes. Although climate change might stop a lot of "natural" processes.

PitMix Feb 24, 2020 10:39 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Does he have a choice? He needs to be in DC to vote, and he needs to come home to talk to his constituents. If you have a transporter invention you are hanging on to, please share it with us. Otherwise your criticism is unfair.

a-1582574569 Feb 24, 2020 12:02 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

You can cross the country in 3 days by train. He can keep phoning in his party line votes to Wash DC, where he will not be missed. Then still stick around locally to pose somberly, looking caring and concerned, behind any visiting official who can bring him more media attention. Not sure exactly what Salud Carbajal does do for his local constituents because he certainly does not reflect my interests So the necessity of his presence anywhere , here or there, remains a mystery. I assume however he is a good family man. Dads are good. Kudos to Salud for that. We need someone in Washington who does their own homework, knows what needs to be done and does not waste our tax dollars on vanity party-line"legislation".

PitMix Feb 24, 2020 02:39 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

12:02, it is not clear to me how your complaints about this successful politician will change reality. What he is doing is clearly working for him, and a majority of us support him. But keep butting your head against the demographic wall if you want.

oops Feb 24, 2020 06:50 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Now that the USA is energy independent, we don't get rocked by events in the middle east...isn't that a good thing for our country? Gas prices have dropped , who wants to go back to paying higher prices to fill up.... ridiculous pandering.

a-1582574214 Feb 24, 2020 11:56 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

PITMIX: I see the success of your movement already winning the hearts and minds of every car and truck driver I still see whizzing by on 101. Fossil fuel is natural and 100% organic. Nature's gift. Use it and eventually we shall lose it. That is called gradualism. Ever consider eliminating particulate matter in the air is leading to higher temperatures? Some scientists are on to this and promote injecting new forms of particulate matter into the atmosphere in order to produce "global cooling".

a-1582561983 Feb 24, 2020 08:33 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

On more reason to vote for Andy Caldwell. Salud will be happy living in a campground by an open fire, boiling his water hoping it’s safe to drink. Bring Salud home. Send Andy to the House to better our lives.

Bob Wilson Feb 24, 2020 08:35 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Just another thinly veiled political stunt to capture more votes from his blind followers. Carbajal is a career politician who makes a career out of never getting anything done. Is, has been, and always will be a puppet.

Sam The Dog Feb 24, 2020 08:43 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Hypocritical NIMBY's. If you consume petroleum products yet ban drilling where you live, you are doing nothing for OUR environment, just YOUR environment, essentially outsourcing the negative aspects of drilling to another area, most likely one with less stringent environmental regulations and/or a local population with no say in the matter.

PitMix Feb 24, 2020 02:37 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

did not miss the point, got it exactly. It is possible to drive a car and also work toward energy self-sufficiency at the same time. I would agree that driving a Hummer and oursourcing petroleum production to Venezuela is not a green or viable solution.

Sam The Dog Feb 24, 2020 03:14 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

You did miss the point, pushing for green alternatives and energy self-sufficiency does not equate to getting our oil from somewhere else. Somewhere that most likely has much less stringent environmental controls than what would be in place in our county. If they truly wanted to be as environmentally friendly as possible (while acknowledging that petroleum is still a critical part to our society and economy) they should push for drilling oil here where it can be closely monitored, tight environmental controls put in place, and where oil taxation can be directed towards green endeavors. By saying "don't drill here", they mean "drill somewhere else (NIMBY)".

PitMix Feb 25, 2020 09:39 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

No, we are saying exactly what I said, we want to stop the drilling everywhere and use green alternatives to help the environment, and by the the way keep our planet habitable for people too. We are not trying to keep drilling in the US or anywhere els.e

a-1582564106 Feb 24, 2020 09:08 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Will teachers and government employees finally accept smaller pensions so their pension funds can divest their fossil fuel investments? That is a great place to start. Lead by example, public pension beneficiaries. ..... "The (children's) march and die-in were organized by Fossil Free California's youth allies at Earth Guardians, Youth vs. Apocalypse, Sunrise Movement and several other grassroots organizations, said Vanessa Warheit, executive director of Fossil Free California that is advocating for divestment of fossil fuels by investors, including the $254.1 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System and the $401.7 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System, Sacramento...."

a-1582568328 Feb 24, 2020 10:18 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

I think Andy is writing some of these responses. You know it's Andy when the piece is full of snark and arrogance. Go to the COLAB website and read the newsletter to learn what Andy's positions are on vaccination (against), public education (against), etc. He goes way beyond labor, agriculture, and business in his tirades. Love how someone below (Andy?) writes about the 'twisted sisters', again an anti-woman slur. Andy is getting paid the big bucks (see COLAB financial statement). He is a career lobbyist. Don't let those plaid 'ah shucks' shirts fool you.

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