Photo: from video on steam injection enhanced oil recovery.
Some may say “This isn’t our county…not our problem.”
That’s not how resistance works.
We are indivisibly linked, not just with our own town or county, but with the issues that threaten our neighbors, our state and our nation. Help make California inhospitable for the toxic oil drilling industry, not just in Cat Canyon, but everywhere.
Three companies are proposing to drill over 750 new oil wells in the northern part of Santa Barbara County. The draft Enviromental Impact Report (EIR) for one of these companies – Aera – was released in December and is now open for public comment. There are two ways we can submit a comment:
Action #1 -Submit a comment at a public hearing on Jan. 17th.
On January 17 at 6PM, there will be a public hearing where anyone can come and submit a comment on the draft EIR. Note – all comments must be made to be referring to the draft EIR itself. Here are some links to help.
- Aera draft EIR (Summary from 350 SB)
- What’s at stake? (Summary from 350sb.org)
- Cat Canyon Oil Drilling Fact Sheet English (Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Center)
Cat Canyon Oil Drilling Fact Sheet Spanish (Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Center)
- Aera draft EIR – official. (for you deep divers!)
- Issue summary from Los Padres Sierra Club.
- About the 3 companies involved.
Carpool info: Use this form to sign up to attend and 350.org will help arrange carpools, share talking points, and make sure you’re prepped and ready-to-go.
*Note: There are two locations:
–Location #1: The actual meeting will be at the Betteravia Government Center, Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria
–Location #2: A video-connected meeting will be at the Engineering Building and Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu Street
Action #2 – Written Public Comment Open until January 28th 2019
A) Submit our own via email. We’ll find more information about the draft EIR, the project, and how to write a public comment here: http://350sb.org/public-comment/.
- Email your comments to Kathryn Lehr: firstname.lastname@example.org
THEN – Call and email the Santa Barbara County Planning Commissioners.1) Send your email to all 5 Planning Commissioners via: David Villalobos, Planning Board Assistant Supervisor, email@example.com) Contact them individually via phone. Name and phone for each of the 5 Planning Commissioners can be found on this web page: http://www.sbcountyplanning.org/boards/pc/cpc.cfm
THEN – Call and email the Santa Barbara Board of County Supervisors.1) Send your email to all 5 Supervisors via the Clerk of the Board at: firstname.lastname@example.org) Contact your own Supervisor: Name, email and phone for each of the 5 Supervisors can be found on this web page: https://www.countyofsb.org/bos
Action #3 – Learn more. Watch this video & read this great summary from Los Padres Sierra Club.
MORE interesting resources
- Approval process. (350sb.org)
- Santa Barbara’s dirty secret (350sb.org)
- Oil and climate change (350sb.org)
- Oil processing 101 (350sb.org)
- SB Board of Supervisors – mini bios. (350sb.org)
- SB County Draft EIR on Cat Canyon oil drilling project (KEYT)
- UCSB Assoc. Students Oppose Cat Canyon Drilling (nexus)
- Greka Spill at Union Sugar Lease (independent)
- 7 ways oil and gas drilling is bad for the environment (The Wilderness Society)
- Are natural gas companies drilling in exclusively poor communities (90.5 WESA)
- How fossil fuels make inequality worse (think progress)