Action #1: Write a comment to prevent the fossil fuel industry’s ploy to rollback methane standards. Deadline: Monday, 11/25, 11:59 pm EST.
Today is your last chance to comment on the administration’s proposed rollback of regulations on the fossil fuel industry’s handling of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Many of us have wondered why they keep undoing our environmental protections…don’t the human beings behind these actions – rollbacks that will continue to drive pollution and global warming, care about themselves and the world their children and grandchildren will inherit?
Are they so wealthy that concerns about clean air and water are beneath them? Yes, actually… for an estimated 5 years, if they can make it to their climate-change-proof bunker in time.
Read their rollback proposal and specious reasoning here.
Read other comments for inspiration here. As always, commenters, DO NOT COPY OTHER COMMENTS, use pre-written comments from websites or sign petitions. The government searches out and destroys identical comments and only counts petitions as (1) signature.
Deeper dive into the methane regulation rollback and other interesting information below.
Action #2: Call your legislators and get them to stand up against this abuse of our regulatory agencies and our environmental protections.
(Food & Water Watch) A U.S. Geological Survey report earlier this year revealed petroleum-related gases near flammable levels in Oxnard’s and Camarillo’s water supply. The people living closest to the current and proposed oil wells are already overburdened with the highest rates of pollution in all of California, according to the California EPA.
Ventura County Supervisors did the right thing and voted for a temporary ban on new oil and gas wells near drinkable water. So far there haven’t been any new findings, but the temporary ban expires soon. And there are potential fossil fuel projects in the pipeline for Ventura County, so the industry isn’t going to give up easily.
Action #1 – Go to the meeting, speak out and/or write a comment card.
Ventura County Supervisors are scheduled to vote on whether to extend the ban for a year, today, November 5th at 3:00 p.m.
Despite Big Oil’s efforts and millions of dollars spent, people like you have spoken out and Ventura County supervisors have voted twice now to protect our water.
Action #2 – Whether or not you can make the meeting, send in a message. Food & Water Watch has made it easy.
Tell the Ventura County Supervisors to extend Ventura’s oil and gas moratorium to protect our drinking water! Write a comment here!
Action #1 – Congratulate Rep. Salud Carbajal for House passage of his bill banning off-shoring drilling!
All Santa Barbara Indivisibles and local activists are encouraged to attend Rep. Salud Carbajal’s press conference Friday September 13, to celebrate House passage of the “Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act” (H.R. 1941). This bill bans future offshore oil and gas leasing off the U.S. coasts, and includes Carbajal’s “California Clean Coast Act” (H.R. 279) within it, which permanently prohibit oil and gas leasing off the coast of the State of California.
Rep. Salud Carbajal, CA-24
Linda Krop, Chief Counsel, Environmental Defense Center
Michael Lyons, President, Get Oil Out
Dennis Allen, Chairman, Allen Construction
Ben Pitterle, Science & Policy Director, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
Corley Kenna, Director, Global Communications and Public Relations, Patagonia
Sigrid Wright, CEO, Community Environmental Council
WHEN: Friday, September 13, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. PDT WHERE: Shoreline Park, East Parking Lot (closest to the pier), Santa Barbara, CA 93109
OR thank him here:Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24):email. DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
The passage of this bill is crucial for Central Coast communities who have seen the devastation of the 1969 Santa Barbara and 2015 Plains All American Pipeline oil spills, and whose economies are directly tied to clean coasts and healthy ecosystems. (Who cosponsored this? Check here – Julia Brownley and Katie Hill were cosponsors!)
Action #2 – Ask our legislators to get this passed in the Senate!
Update with your Tuesday morning coffee: Reach out and say “Hi” to your County Supervisor!
Email: Use this form here to send a message. It has an example letter you can alter or use as is.
Call – Minimal script: I’m calling from [town/area] and I want Supervisor [___] to vote “YES” on the oil well moratorium this afternoon. Over 2.5 million Californians are already exposed to chemicals in their water, with the highest burden placed on low-income and minorities. Please don’t risk our people, don’t risk our water.
Contact: District 1: Steve Bennett (805) 654-2703, District 2:: Linda Parks (805) 214-2510, District 3: Kelly Long (805) 654-2276, District 4: Bob Huber (805) 955-2300, District 5: John Zaragoza (805) 654-2613 Which one is mine? Check here.
Action #1A – Come support a ban on gun shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. DAA Board Meeting – TUESDAY, April 23rd, 9 am.
Momentum is building up across California to get our state out of the gun dealing business. Guns shows have already been banned at Del Mar and at the Cow Palace. (There’s also an impending law banning gun sales at the Cow Palace, see below.)
Call/email Governor Newsom – You can use the same talking points, contact information here.
“In these times of horrific gun violence, no state agency should be promoting and profiting from the proliferation of firearms and ammunition in our community,”- Ruth Borenstein, a leader of the San Francisco chapter of Brady United Against Gun Violence.
Action #1 -Submit a comment at a public hearing on Jan. 17th.
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: (Original post with background info. here. – written comments due by Jan. 28th.)
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.