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This is my first Diary. The Sierra Club just emailed that the California Coastal Commission is holding hearings this coming Wednesday in Pismo Beach to discuss ongoing, secretive, fracking in the ocean off California's Central Coast. This is a very important issue and I RSVP'd that I will attend the meeting to learn more and to oppose fracking along our, relatively unspoiled, beautiful coast.

I well remember the Santa Barbara oil spills in the late sixties that devastated Santa Barbara's beaches and killed many birds and other animals. The spills led to strong opposition to more oil drilling along the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties coastlines.

I recall later attempts to build oil servicing ports and pipeline corridors along our coasts that were defeated by local initiatives. We are surrounded by newly discovered recoverable Monterey Shale deposits that could lead to a lot of local inland fracking too in coming years that could despoil our environment on land and in our seashores.

Here is the body of the email:

Hi there,

After learning that hydraulic fracturing has been secretly occurring along California's coastline for years, the California Coastal Commission will announce the results of its investigation into this controversial and dangerous practice at a hearing this Wednesday. Ensure the commissioners know there is strong support to stop offshore fracking in California and protect the environment. Sign up to attend the hearing now.

I did!

Check it out here: http://action.sierraclub.org/...

Thanks!

Here are the details:

WHO: Friends, family, neighbors, activists, Sierra Club and you!

WHAT: Public hearing about fracking off of California's coasts

WHEN: Wednesday, February 12, at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: The Cliffs Resort Hotel located at 2757 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 [Map]

Questions: Contact Michael Thornton at michael.thornton@sierraclub.org.

Please come to the meeting if you are able to to oppose fracking of our seashore.

San Luis Obispo County turned down oil drilling in the rural Huasna Valley that probably would have included fracking if it had been approved and gone forward. The company that got turned down initiated a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County as a result. I have not kept up with the news to know the current status of the lawsuit.

Now the news of about adverse effects from fracking in seemingly far off places like Texas, Pennsylvania, and the Dakotas is raising the specter that its damages may come to despoil our area. Out at sea and on land.

Please bear with me that I have not included more links to local news links, environment sites, or governmental sites.

I hope that Lois Capps our local US congresswoman or her representatives attend this Wednesdays Coastal Commission meeting. She is a staunch defender of our coast and has been very instrumental in blocking further expansion of drilling platforms on the Central Coast for many years.

   I have been seriously concerned about offshore fracking since recent reports first brought it to light,” Capps said. “While we still know little about the impacts of onshore fracking, we know even less about impacts of offshore fracking. The inadequate oversight of these activities is unacceptable, and offshore fracking should be halted until we better understand their impacts.”

Capps also spoke out Tuesday against two oil drilling bills being considered on the House floor later this week.

The first, H.R. 2728, would prevent the Department of the Interior from enforcing any federal standards on hydraulic fracturing if a state has any rules or even unenforceable guidance governing fracking, no matter how weak or ineffective the state rules are. It would also interfere with the EPA's scientific study of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources by modifying the design and scope of the study more than two years after it was finalized.

Governor Brown, in my opinion, has opened the door to more California fracking.

The beautiful coastline is irreplaceable. Much of the coastline in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties has been preserved from development by expansion of California State Parks and by conservation easements. It is a big draw for local residents and for tourism too. Fracking on land or sea endangers it, our environment, our economy, our health, and our way of life.

Our air is relatively clean. Fracking the seashore and on land could seriously damage that. We also have limited local fresh water resources that are even more precious now in our current drought which may be brought on by global weirding. Fracking uses tremendous amounts of fresh water.

Recently whales and other sea life off our coast were in danger because of the "need" to map earthquake faults off our coast to better learn about them and the danger they present to the continued operation of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. There was local fear that another, unstated, reason for the explosive mapping was to discover more about off shore oil deposits.

The issue of the seismic safety of Diablo Canyon took a dramatic turn earlier this month when the state Coastal Commission denied a request by PG&E to conduct high-energy earthquake mapping offshore of the plant. Those surveys would have answered some of the outstanding questions about the Hosgri Fault.

The surveys would have provided some useful information but were not required by the NRC, Kammerer said. Low-energy and onshore seismic surveys already conducted by PG&E will provide a wealth of new information about the faults surrounding the plant.

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/...

Again, if you can, please come to attend the Coastal Commission meeting in Pismo Beach this coming Wednesday to show your opposition to the continued fracking on our coast.
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Can you attend the California Coastal Commission Meeting in Pismo Beach Wenesday Feb. 12, 2014 to opose fracking California's Central Coast?

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  •  Wednesday (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LinSea, navajo, Glen The Plumber

    Hey CC you spelled Wednesday wrong in the poll.

    As a aside I found this information on the Internet Tubes:

    The Cliffs Resort
    2757 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach
    (805)773-5000

    Monday through Fridays 4-7pm
    Specials: $5 Margaritas, plus other specials; FREE Mexican taco and nacho bar Monday through Wednesday,
    free Woodfire Pizza on Thursdays, and 1/2 off Appetizers on Friday!

    Maybe this could be the first exploratory meeting of Central Coast Kossaks for a taco and a Margarita after lobbying the Coastal Commission to stop fracking our ocean. Should I/we wear orange?
    •  Cliffs Resort website for out of area people (2+ / 0-)
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      navajo, Glen The Plumber

      I added a link to the Cliffs Resort website for people from out of the local area. The location of the truly is in a beautiful setting on the coast in Pismo Beach, CA. Their home page photo shows an undeveloped stretch of coastline from another location, i.e. some romantic marketing license.

      CliffsResort.com

      •  2/12/14 CA Coastal Commission Agenda (2+ / 0-)
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        Glen The Plumber, navajo

        It looks like fracking is agenda item #7

        ENERGY, OCEAN RESOURCES and FEDERAL CONSISTENCY

        7. ENERGY, OCEAN RESOURCES and FEDERAL CONSISTENCY. Report by the Deputy Director on permit waivers, emergency permits, immaterial amendments & extensions, negative determinations, matters not requiring public hearings, and status report on offshore oil & gas exploration & development. For specific information contact the Commission’s Energy, Ocean Resources, and Federal Consistency Division office at (415) 904-5240.

        a. Hydraulic Fracking Update. Update by Commission staff on oil and gas hydraulic fracking activities in California state and federal waters. (AD-SF)

  •  Oh, my. (1+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber

    SLO is my home town, as well as my being a CalPoly grad. I am here in Texas where we are getting to be a fracking lab. I agree this is not an experiment you want to undertake there. Not only can we see the hazards of fracking on land, and only imagine what effects there might be off shore - there is the matter of earthquakes. We have had an enormous increase of quakes in our region - an area that historically has had little to no seismic activity. Nobody has been able to "prove" cause and effect, but nobody has dis-proven it either. It strikes me as the height of dangerous hubris to be doing things that might jostle the earth in California.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 03:56:09 PM PST

    •  Kern County fracking discharges illegally dumped (4+ / 0-)

      Found a news story with video about fracking discharges illegally dumped in nearby Kern County.

      sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/oil-company-caught-illegally-dumping-fracking-discharge-in-central-valley

      In October of 2012, Kern County farmer Tom Frantz knew an oil company was drilling new wells in the almond orchards near his farm in the town of Shafter. What he didn’t know was that the video he recorded of the drilling and hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking” caught Vintage Production doing something he suspected was illegal.

      “My intent was to take a movie if I saw anything interesting,” Frantz told KPIX 5.

      Vintage Production is just one oil company that has tapped into a vast underground oil reserve called the Monterey Shale, which is estimated to hold more than 15 billion barrels of oil – or two thirds of the nation’s recoverable shale oil reserves.

      After posting his video on YouTube, Frantz turned it over to the Regional Water Quality Control Board in the Central Valley. The water board’s executive officer, Clay Rodgers, said the video was essential in going after Vintage Production because it was caught in the act of doing something illegal.

      •  For some of the best TX blogging on the subject (2+ / 0-)
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        Glen The Plumber, navajo

        TexasSharon  She is a Kossack, but spends most of her energy now on her own blog specializing on the issue.  She still posts here from time to time though.
        http://www.dailykos.com/...

        Latest news in our region:

        It could take a year or longer to nail down whether there is a link between the swarm of small earthquakes around Azle in recent months and nearby wastewater injection wells, researchers at Southern Methodist University said Friday.
        In 2009, SMU and University of Texas at Austin researchers began investigating small quakes at DFW Airport that occurred from October 2008 to May 2009. They published their study in March 2010. The quakes stopped after Chesapeake Energy in August 2009 shut down one of two injection wells it operated on D/FW property.
        http://www.star-telegram.com/...

        At least some research is being attempted

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 05:07:19 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •   I can't believe anyone would be stupid enough... (0+ / 0-)

        One of the comments I liked after the above news story...

        dagobarbz
        • 2 months ago

            −

        I can't believe anyone would be stupid enough to allow fracking in southern California, but there you are. Fractured land full of seismic fault lines, limited water supply, studded with millions of people in thousands of neighborhoods.

        YEAH, LET'S DRILL FOR OIL THERE! Because money > people or environment, right?

        Wish I knew how to embed the two videos in the news story too. Anyone want to do it?
    •  I asked Lois Capps to attend or to send a staffer (2+ / 0-)
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      navajo, Catte Nappe

      I emailed Lois Capps to ask her or a knowledgeable staff member to attend the upcoming Coastal Commission meeting in Pismo Beach and to speak out against fracking our local coastline. She is a strong advocate to protect our coastline against oil drilling and its pollution. Her voice would carry weight.

      Her San Luis Obispo office is very close by and the Santa Barbara office is convenient too. We shall see if she or a staff member attends.

      I have met Congresswoman Capps in person and have consistently voted for her. It is great to have a good congressperson like Lois Capps.

      •  Capps Calls for Federal Moratorium (2+ / 0-)
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        navajo, Catte Nappe

        Capps Calls for Federal Moratorium on Offshore Fracking Activities Pending Environmental Review

        Capps Calls for Federal Moratorium on Offshore Fracking Activities Pending Environmental Review
        Speaks On House Floor against Dangerous Fracking Bill
        Nov 19, 2013 Issues: Energy & Environment

        Washington - Today, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy calling for a moratorium on offshore fracking activities in federal waters off the coast of California until a comprehensive study is conducted to determine the impacts of fracking activities on the marine environment and public health.

        Requests under the Freedom of Information Act, along with media reports and an analysis from the Environmental Defense Center, revealed that California’s coastal waters had been fracked at least 15 times in the last 20 years. Capps has been pushing federal regulators for information on this issue for months and continues to monitor onshore and offshore fracking activities closely.

            I have been seriously concerned about offshore fracking since recent reports first brought it to light,” Capps said. “While we still know little about the impacts of onshore fracking, we know even less about impacts of offshore fracking. The inadequate oversight of these activities is unacceptable, and offshore fracking should be halted until we better understand their impacts.”

        Capps also spoke out Tuesday against two oil drilling bills being considered on the House floor later this week.

        The first, H.R. 2728, would prevent the Department of the Interior from enforcing any federal standards on hydraulic fracturing if a state has any rules or even unenforceable guidance governing fracking, no matter how weak or ineffective the state rules are. It would also interfere with the EPA's scientific study of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources by modifying the design and scope of the study more than two years after it was finalized.

        Capps proposed an amendment to H.R. 2728 that would have implemented the moratorium called for in her letter, but House leadership did not allow it to be brought to the House floor for consideration.

        The second, H.R. 1965, makes drilling less safe by shortening the amount of time to review permit applications to drill onshore, rolls back leasing reforms, and requires a $5,000 fee to challenge a federal leasing decision. The bill irresponsibly expands drilling on public lands at the expense of public uses like hunting, fishing and recreation.

            These bills are solutions in search of problems,” Capps said. “They tear down environmental protections and restrict public participation in an attempt to expand oil and gas production. But oil production on federal lands has gone up significantly since 2008, and federal regulations have not stopped states from implementing their own fracking rules. These bills are nothing more than reckless giveaways to big oil and gas companies that put American families and the environment at risk.”

        Capps is also supporting several pieces of legislation that would increase the transparency and safety of onshore fracking activities, including the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act (H.R. 1921), the Bringing Reductions to Energy's Airborne Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE) Act (H.R. 1154), the Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation (FRESHER) Act (H.R. 1175), and the Closing Loopholes and Ending Arbitrary and Needless Evasion of Regulations Act (CLEANER) Act (H.R. 2825). These measures close loopholes that currently allow the oil and gas industry to avoid complying with environmental protection laws on hydraulic fracking and other activities.

        The text of Capps’ House floor speech (video here) is below:

        Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this rule and the underlying bills.

        These bills are solutions in search of problems. They tear down environmental protections and restrict public participation in an attempt to expand oil and gas production. But oil production on federal lands has gone up significantly since 2008, and federal regulations have not stopped states from implementing their own fracking rules.

        These bills are nothing more than reckless giveaways to big oil and gas companies that put American families and the environment at risk.

        H.R. 2728, for example, would preemptively prohibit the federal government from setting even minimal safety standards for fracking. Fracking – whether onshore or offshore – poses serious environmental and public health risks that we don’t yet fully understand.

        We know very little about the environmental and public health impacts of onshore fracking, but we know even less about offshore fracking.

        Offshore fracking has been occurring for over 20 years off of California’s coast – with at least four fracs approved as recently as this year. But federal regulators and the public only recently became aware of these activities thanks to FOIA requests released last summer.

        We know virtually nothing about the size of these fracs, the chemicals being used, or the impacts on the marine environment.

        They have been approved with categorical exemptions and decades-old permits that are woefully inadequate.

        That’s why I offered an amendment to H.R. 2728 to stop these activities until a full environmental review is conducted. Unfortunately, my amendment was not made in order, which is disappointing.

        If oil companies get to inject millions of gallons of fracking fluids into our public lands, then the least we can do is study the impacts of those activities.

        Whether it’s done offshore or onshore, we have a responsibility to ensure fracking is safe. But these bills only undercut this crucial responsibility.

        I urge my colleagues to stop this reckless giveaway to Big Oil and oppose this rule and the underlying bills.

        ###

      •  Called Lois Capps SLO office today (0+ / 0-)

        I called Lois Capps San Luis Obispo office today and left a voice mail requesting someone from her office attend Wednesday's Coastal Commission meeting.

        If anyone else wants to call the SLO office number is 805 546-8348.
        Her Santa Barbara office number is 805 730-1710
        Washington DC office 202 225-3601
        Her scheduler's email is Vianey.Lopez@mail.house.gov

        I just talked to Ms. Lopez. She said she will work to schedule someone from Congresswoman Capps' office to attend the meeting.

  •  so glad you did mention USING UP SCARCE WATER (2+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, smiley7

    for this fracking* business of fracking (see Battlestar G 2.0)

    considering California's persistent water supply situation, the idea of pumping zillions of gallons of potable (and irrigation!) water down ratholes... I mean, fracking wells... just seems so stupid I can't literally imagine how people could take it seriously.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 04:27:16 PM PST

  •  Gonna be a big protest next week (2+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, mettle fatigue
    What: Don't Frack California
    When: Saturday, March 15, 1 PM
    Where: California State Capitol, 1315 10th St., Sacramento, CA 95814
    Buses coming into town from all over. I need to make a sign..

    Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies, We were roaring drunk on petroleum -Kurt Vonnegut

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 06:55:43 PM PST

  •  Just shook my head off (0+ / 0-)

    Is there anything these people wont do for short term profit.For god's sake when does it end? Maybe if you injected baby kittens into the ground it would help.

    “He talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans.” James Carville

    by Mokislab on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 08:50:12 PM PST

  •  Offshore hydraulic fracturing has been going on... (0+ / 0-)

    ...for decades at this point.  It was only "secret" in that no special reporting was required and no one asked about it.

  •  I have no tears left ... (0+ / 0-)

    ...to cry for the rape of nature and our lives.  I can only agree with Isaac Asimov:

    If ever a species needed to be replaced, we do!

    The only thing needed for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing." Hannah Arendt, holocaust survivor, philosopher, historian.

    by dharmasyd on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 11:10:15 AM PST

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