Mon – 1/28: Reminder – TODAY is the last day to write a comment on 750 new oil wells up the road.

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. (See maps at the bottom for future installation fights. One is probably close to you or your water source.)

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 open for public comment until 5:00 this afternoon.

Action #1 –  Write a Public Comment TODAY, until 5:00 pm.

Anyone can submit a comment on the draft EIR directly to Kathryn Lehr: klehr@countyofsb.org  or through http://350sb.org/public-comment/. Note – all comments must be made to be referring to the draft EIR itself. Here are some links to help. Continue reading “Mon – 1/28: Reminder – TODAY is the last day to write a comment on 750 new oil wells up the road.”

Mon 1/28: Today – 10:00 am in Camarillo. 50th anniversary of the environmental tragedy that started “Earth Day”.

The Center for Biological Diversity would like to cordially invite you to their “big, bold, badass protest” they are organizing on January 28th, the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill disaster.

From the Center for Biological Diversity…

“On January 28th, 1969, a massive offshore oil spill erupted in the Santa Barbara Channel, blanketing the California coast, including Chumash ancestral homeland, in over 3 million gallons of oil. The sight of the 800 square-mile oil slick inspired then-Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin to organize what came to be known as “Earth Day“, when he succeeded in amassing some 20 million people to the cause of educating people on issues related to the environment on April 20, 1970, with the help of U.S. Rep. Pete McCloskey of California.

In the 50 years since Santa Barbara’s disaster, other devastating oil spills – from Exxon Valdez in ‘89, to the BP Disaster in 2010, to the Plains Refugio spill in 2015 – have proven that offshore drilling remains dirty and dangerous.

But Trump and his swamp cabinet are moving forward with a proposal to dramatically expand offshore drilling in all our oceans – including off the California coast for the first time in more than 30 years – while simultaneously rolling back protections that prevent catastrophic oil spills. Continue reading “Mon 1/28: Today – 10:00 am in Camarillo. 50th anniversary of the environmental tragedy that started “Earth Day”.”

Thurs – 1/24: ” It’s Not a Shutdown. It’s a Right-Wing Coup.” The looting of OUR resources has already begun…

According to this powerful article from The Nation.com, what we are facing is a “liberal” government shutdown. “The military, Trump’s luxurious vacations, soft power, our bombing of seven Muslim-majority countries, NSA bulk surveillance, agencies that prop up the oil and gas industry, the CIA’s arming and funding of Syrian rebels, and the FBI’s entrapment regime will continue on, while programs important to the poor and working classes, such as libraries, tax collection, national parks, labor and safety regulators, the Small Business AdministrationCommodity Futures Trading Commission (which oversees the derivatives market), environmental regulators, financial regulators, welfare, and WIC will all be shuttered.”

Well, at least partially shuttered. If a national park or refuge contains a resource that a corporate friend of the administration wants, the government will force unpaid workers to help them access it.

Action – Call your legislators and the House Natural Resource Committee to shut this down.

Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Committee [___] to call for an investigation of violations of the Antideficiency Act in regards to ALL fossil fuel and timber-related activities on public land, (including drilling, logging, permit processing, inspections, public meetings and regulatory documents) and the immediate cessation of discriminatory access for hunters until the shutdown is completely lifted. All these activities are “NON-ESSENTIAL” for the safety of human life or the protection of property. (31 U.S.C. § 1342.)

Continue reading “Thurs – 1/24: ” It’s Not a Shutdown. It’s a Right-Wing Coup.” The looting of OUR resources has already begun…”

Wed – 1/16: Trump’s relentless and corrupt extraction of OUR resources continues despite the shutdown.

Action – Call your legislators and the House Natural Resource Committee to shut this down.

Last Thursday, we published a shout-out from Jim Hines of the Los Padres Sierra Club describing calls he’d had with Dept. of Interior (DOI) staff that the shutdown was being used to mask mining drilling activity in our national parks, with staff ordered to continue issuing permits. Well, now Trump has ordered more staff back to work on offshore oil and gas projects and he also sneak-signed an executive order to allow logging to continue and expand in our national forests during the shutdown.

Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Committee [___] to demand that ALL OIL AND GAS-related activities on public land, (including drilling, permit processing, inspections, public meetings and regulatory documents) and ALL TIMBER OPERATIONS on public land be halted until the shutdown is completely lifted. Continue reading “Wed – 1/16: Trump’s relentless and corrupt extraction of OUR resources continues despite the shutdown.”

Mon – 1/14: 750 new oil wells in north SB county! Go to the hearing, write a comment, or do BOTH!

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. Continue reading “Mon – 1/14: 750 new oil wells in north SB county! Go to the hearing, write a comment, or do BOTH!”

Thur – 1/10: You are cordially invited to the 50th anniversary of the environmental tragedy that started “Earth Day”.

The Center for Biological Diversity would like to cordially invite you to their “big, bold, badass protest” they are organizing on January 28th, the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill disaster.

From the Center for Biological Diversity…

“On January 28th, 1969, a massive offshore oil spill erupted in the Santa Barbara Channel, blanketing the California coast, including Chumash ancestral homeland, in over 3 million gallons of oil. The sight of the 800 square-mile oil slick inspired then-Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin to organize what came to be known as “Earth Day“, when he succeeded in amassing some 20 million people to the cause of educating people on issues related to the environment on April 20, 1970, with the help of U.S. Rep. Pete McCloskey of California.

In the 50 years since Santa Barbara’s disaster, other devastating oil spills – from Exxon Valdez in ‘89, to the BP Disaster in 2010, to the Plains Refugio spill in 2015 – have proven that offshore drilling remains dirty and dangerous.

But Trump and his swamp cabinet are moving forward with a proposal to dramatically expand offshore drilling in all our oceans – including off the California coast for the first time in more than 30 years – while simultaneously rolling back protections that prevent catastrophic oil spills. Continue reading “Thur – 1/10: You are cordially invited to the 50th anniversary of the environmental tragedy that started “Earth Day”.”

Thurs – 1/10: The art of distraction…The administration is using the shutdown as cover for drilling in our national parks.

Photo: oil rigs in Texas wildlife refuge

Is the Trump Administration using the suffering of government employees and contractors to hide oil company shenanigans?  Why yes… yes they are!

Action #1 – Call your legislators and the House Natural Resource Committee to shut this down.

Minimum script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Committee [___] to demand that ALL drilling permit processing, drilling rig setup and operations subject to BLM inspection, public meetings and regulatory comment pages be halted until the shutdown is completely lifted.

Contact
House Natural Resource Committee: If you don’t have a legislator on this committee (check here)contact # to be confirmed with their staff…in the meantime, use nrdems@mail.house.gov
Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Who is my representative/senator?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com 

They are using the shutdown as cover.

From Jim Hines, of the Los Padres Sierra Club:  “I just got off the phone with several of the executive staff at the U.S. Dept of the Interior which oversees the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies. They tell me that the White House wants to keep America’s national parks closed and not staffed for as long as possible. The reason is that this will allow mining and oil drilling companies to set up their operations in our national parks without any national park service personnel oversight. How sad is this, using America’s national parks as a political game to get what the extraction industry both domestic and foreign companies to get what they want. @POTUS open and staff America’s national parks.” Continue reading “Thurs – 1/10: The art of distraction…The administration is using the shutdown as cover for drilling in our national parks.”