Thank you to all those who support positive change and a healthier environment.
The Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County leadership warmly thanks the hundreds of volunteers and our organizational partners, our donors and our endorsers, who all worked diligently to support an honest campaign.
We thank every single community member who voted in support of a cleaner environment and protection for their county water resources and a future without fracking.
Charles Varni and Natalie Risner, Co-Founders, and the other Leaders of the Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County vow to continue the fight and not give up on protecting our precious water resources from the threats of expanded fossil fuel production.
Stand with us, join us, and fight with us to protect our beautiful San Luis Obispo county.
Don't be fooled by BIG OIL lies.
Don't allow the BIG OIL expansion by 481 new wells.
BIG OIL spent 8 million to allow BIG OIL expansion and fracking.
TRUTH: Measure G allows existing oil operations to continue.
“Petroleum extraction land uses lawfully existing on the Effective Date may continue as nonconforming uses to the extent allowed under State and local law. Such uses shall not be enlarged, increased, extended, or otherwise expanded or intensified.” (Sec. 2.B.8.a)
TRUTH: Measure G allows all forms of oil field maintenance.
Allows..”steam flooding, water flooding, or cyclic steaming and…(all)… routine well cleanout work, routine well maintenance, routine removal of formation damage due to drilling, bottom hole pressure surveys, or routine activities that do not affect the integrity of the well or the formation. (Sec. 2.C.9.a)
Big Oil lies are intended to deceive you...
The TRUTH is Yes on Measure G allows existing oil operations to continue for as long as the operators want.
The TRUTH is YES on Measure G allows all routine well maintenance as defined by State rules and regulations, including use of acids for maintenance only.
The TRUTH is YES on Measure G bans new oil drilling and future fracking in SLO County.
The TRUTH is YES on Measure G takes a huge step toward protecting our groundwater resources.
The TRUTH is our county water basins are in overdraft and the central coast drought continues. We need our water for more important needs than new oil wells.
The TRUTH is BIG OIL has plans to expand in SLO county by 481 new oil and waste injection wells. Oil operations remove 500,000,000 gallons of water from SLO county aquifers every year – do we want that to grow?
The TRUTH is YES on Measure G helps by reducing a planned increase in greenhouse gas emissions associated with expanded oil drilling. SLO county oil fields extracts one of the most carbon intensive oils on Earth. Every year 100,000 metric tons of CO2 is generated by Big Oil extraction in our county – do we want that to grow?
The TRUTH is Big Oil wants to greatly expand the number of wells in our county and allow for a future of fracking. More water wasted and more risk of water contamination is what we face if YES on Measure G is not successful.
Drought is Now the "New Normal", and water remains our most important natural resource - especially here on the Central Coast.
Assuring that our drinking water and agricultural 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. In SLO County, Agriculture, Tourism, and Property Values are the top economic contributors, oil extraction does NOT drive our economy. In fact, oil extraction puts these top economic contributors at risk.
The water is at 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 BiG OiL and paid BiG OiL publicists are not telling you...
- Oil extraction in SLO county depletes 19 gallons of water for every 1 gallon of oil extracted. Burning of all extracted gas converts a portion of this water into steam, to inject, while generating over 100,000 metric tons of CO2 every year. The remaining water is poured down the Pismo Creek and re-injected into the oil field aquifer along with oil waste residue and chemicals.
- 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 Mission... 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.
Our Coalition... 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.