This week in VC: Profracking Editorial, Oil Industry Trade Group to speak to santa Paula Chamber of Commerce & VC Air Pollution Control District to discuss fracking
In today's VC Star Mr. Dave Quast has penned a pro-fracking piece that is aimed at debunking the "fringe" concerns about tracking. Quast is "California director of Energy in Depth, an education and outreach program of the California Independent Petroleum Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of America." Consider the source.
I wonder if the California Association of Nurses, Family Farm Defenders and Breast Cancer Action consider themselves "fringe activist groups" - they supported the proposed (and now killed) bill calling for a moratorium on fracking till regulations are put in place.
And to be clear, while conventional drilling and the construction of wells is covered by extensive rules that are on the books, hydraulic fracturing and other enhanced oil recovery techniques are not specifically regulated, and in fact fracking is called out and exempted from our federal environmental laws (2005 amendment to Safe Drinking Water Act - referred to as the "Halliburton Loophole"). That fact, taken with the limited resources of our state regulatory agency - there are five officials in the County responsible for all the wells - might seem like effective oversight to the industry, the public may feel differently.
To read Mr. Quasts editorial visit the VC Star:
Ms. Burkhart is expected to speak about WSPA's stance on the safety of hydraulic fracturing and the job boom it is expected to bring to the area. The California Chamber of Commerce consistently opposes fracking moratoriums calling them "job killers."
11 am Tuesday, June 11: the VC Air Pollution Control District will be examining the recent fracking rules put in place by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (Click Here to read about those rules, the FIRST of their kind in California)
"Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks of Thousand Oaks asked the executive director of the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District to report on the South Coast Air Quality Management District's new rule on fracking and if there is something similar the Ventura County APCD may want to do. Click here to read report to be discussed.
The matter will be discussed on Tuesday, June 11, at approximately 11 a.m. at the county of Ventura Board of Supervisors meeting in the Administration Building of the county Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura.