"We are one of the poorest counties in the nation, yes, but we are money-poor, we are not asset-poor," Olivas said. "We've got land, we've got agriculture, we've got our heritage and we've got our culture."
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And this is just the day before a citizens group will be represented by the Environmental Defense Council to make their case to the County Planning Commission here in Ventura that no wells should be added to an old land use permit without adequate environmental impact reports. It seems to beg the question "What are County staff and official in VC missing that the folks in New Mexico understand?" They ban the process outright, and here wells are approved without basic environmental impact assessment?
Is it true that to do such reporting would "overburden" the industry and Supervisor Peter Foy (Simi) says? Is it true that we need the jobs so much that the risks are worth it?
EDC to Represent CFROG in Appeal
Member, Citizens For Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG.org)
P.O. Box 114
Ojai, CA 93024
Environmental Defense Center
906 Garden St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
May 28, 2013
Environmental Defense Center to represent Citizens For Responsible Oil and Gas in appeal of Ventura County approval of 9 new oil and gas wells in Ventura County, with inadequate environmental review
The newly formed community group -- Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) -- has retained the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) to represent it in its Thursday, May 30, appeal before the Ventura County Planning Commission to ensure full environmental review of the impacts of nine new oil and gas wells and two reworked wells in the Upper Ojai Valley.
April 24, the county Planning Division approved Mirada Petroleum’s application to drill nine new oil and gas wells and rework two wells, based on a 28-year-old review of the project that does not take into account environmental impacts to local water and air quality, water usage, wildlife and the health and safety of nearby residents. With a looming oil boom driven by fracking, now is the time for Ventura County to take a big-picture look at the consequences such a boom would have on not only the environment and public health, but other economic drivers, including agriculture and tourism.
“The EDC was founded more than 35 years ago in the wake of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill in order to empower local community organizations working to protect the environment,” said Brian Segee, staff attorney for the EDC, a nonprofit public interest environmental law firm with offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara. “CFROG is exactly the type of client we formed to represent. In representing CFROG in its appeal to the Ventura County Planning Commission, we hope to help CFROG achieve its very reasonable goal to bring greater transparency and full environmental analysis of Mirada’s project. Hopefully, it will set a model for the county’s consideration of future oil proposals.”
Donations to support costs associated with the appeal can be made at the CFROG Web site, www.CFROG.org, or by mailing a check payable to CFROG mailed to: P.O. Box 114, Ojai, CA 93024.
The county Planning Commission will hold the appeal hearing on Thursday, May 30, at 8:30 a.m. at the county Government Center, Board of Supervisors Hearing Room in the Administration Building, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura.
For more information, visit CFROG.org or contact John Brooks by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 805-649-2510.