Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County
Water is our most important natural resource, especially here on the central coast where drought is now the “New Normal”. Protect our water - Vote YES on Measure G in November.
Assuring that our drinking water and agriculture water is protected and safe is critically important. Major risks to our San Luis Obispo County water include expanding oil drilling, underground disposal of toxic wastewater, and fracking – Please help protect our future, support "YES on Measure G" and help assure our county water is safe.
Welcome to the Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County information site and home to "YES on Measure G". In San Luis Obispo County, oil extraction removes 19 gallons of precious water for every one gallon of oil, here you can read Measure G, learn about the struggle to stop the growth of unwanted and risky oil production, and find resources that explain oil extraction, the history of oil in SLO county, fracking and the risks to our water.
You can also help make a big difference by clicking on the volunteer or donate links, if you support "YES on Measure G" please visit our endorse link and join the other business owners, community leaders, and concerned citizens who support YES on Measure G.
The Water Risk
In South County, a plan to expand the Arroyo Grande Oil Field by 481 new oil wells threatens groundwater basins from the Edna Valley to the Santa Maria basin, which underlies the Five Cities region. In North County, where water is scarce and agriculture demands are growing, new oil exploration and production would place unwanted pressure on already limited water supplies and threaten its quantity and quality.
What does “YES on Measure G” do to protect our water, our economy, and our future.
- Protects our water by limiting the expansion of unwanted oil field waste injection into local aquifers. Water that we can use in our homes and for local agriculture is wasted and poisoned.
- Bans a future of Hydraulic Fracking and Acidification well-stimulation that can cause earthquakes and endanger water sources.
- No impact on local fuel prices - every drop of oil from SLO county goes to Bay Area refineries and sold on international markets. Our oil never gets to a local gas station.
- No oil jobs taken, No impact on taxes or economy - oilfield jobs and taxes are not stopped and existing oil production may operate with the hundreds of active wells currently in production.
What the oil company and their paid publicists are not telling you...
- Oil extraction in SLO county depletes 20 gallons of water for every 1 gallon of oil extracted. That water is dumped and injected with oil residue back into water aquifers.
- Proposed expansion in Arroyo Grande by another 481 active oil wells risks our precious water resources and impacts future water supply, tourism, agriculture, and residential home values.
Our goal is to protect San Luis Obispo County's precious water, agricultural lands, environmental quality, rural character, scenic vineyards, pristine beaches, and diverse economy through the promotion of renewable energy and the prohibition of any new oil wells or fracking in the county's unincorporated areas. Our plan is to pass "YES on Measure G" at the November 2018 election, a measure which will prevent fracking and the drilling of new oil or gas wells San Luis Obispo County.
The Coalition to Protect SLO County represents the spirit of local county citizens who have stood up over past decades to resist the dangers and expansion of local oil field operations. Whether it was the 1980's initiative to ban onshore infrastructure to support offshore drilling, the massive oil spill in the Guadalupe dunes, the pollution and re-building of Avila Beach, the proposal to begin oil development in the Huasna Valley, the expansion plans for drilling and underground injection of oil field wastewater in Price Canyon, or the Phillips 66 plan to build a crude oil train terminal at its Nipomo refinery--local citizens have organized to either prevent such development or pressure for clean-up of the toxic messes it has created.
San Luis Obispo County, California, and the world are now at a clean energy crossroads. As citizens, we do have the potential to control the energy resources within our County and now is the time to stand up and create some NEW RULES for the operation of oil wells.
Join Us and Take Action
We need your help and the help of other concerned citizens to take a stand against the threats that expanded risky oil production pose in our county to our water quality and clean air.
Become an advocate of change, learn more about this struggle, get answers to your questions and please volunteer your time, or make a financial donation to assist with costs. And please remember to check your voter status or register to vote.
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