SB 4 Makes Strange Bed Fellows. Sierra Club joins WSPA and CIPA (two industry trade groups) in opposing SB4 but for different reasons.
***NOTE: the bill will be held in "suspense" for a short time in this committee before a vote - the economic impact will be examined.***
"Take a picture of this it doesn't happen often" said the Kathryn Phillips, Director of Sierra Club of California as she shared the table with Western STates Petroleum Association and California Independent Petroleum Association in opposition to the only bill alive in the State to regulate fracking.
Notes on comments in SUPPORT of SB4:
Ventura County Board of Supervisors, sends representative to support SB4.
Speakers in support of bill - Water district groups and family farm alliances/ LA community college district/ Women League of Voters/ American Lung Association/SoCoast Air Quality Control District/ California Grange... more coming.
Witnesses in OPPOSITION:
Western States Petroleum Association, California Independent Petroleum Association
"Most happening in very remote areas in Bakersfield... " stated by rep from CIPA.
(we keep hearing that line - that most fracking is occurring in one field in Bakersfield. The Bakersfield area fields do currently produce the most oil and it would follow that they are fracking more than other areas, BUT we are seeing many new leases signed, and a jump in operators getting their ducks in a row as they prepare to access the Monterey Shale. Alsot SB4 also handles acidization which according to Pavley is being used on 8 in 10 wells in Ventura County)
Sierra Club in California actually is joining the oil companies in opposing the bill. They object to one provision - want more information about chemicals "must include quantities and concentrations."
"I have members who live in Bakersfield, members who know that aquifers know no boundaries." said Phillips.
Also in opposition: American Chemistry Council / Citizens from Butte Council - want fracking moratorium
Public comments in opposition want this bill to be stopped to allow for a moratorium NOW.
"You will be drinking this frack water before long. If you think you won't, you don't understand how water sheds work," from resident of Butte County.
Local Response from Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas CFROG.org: