Learning about the oil history of San Luis Obispo County, and better understanding the cost we all pay to allow others to extract oil is a good place to start. In this section, we will work to explain our mission, offer a background on oil history, terms, and scientific data. On our Resources page we provide useful links to relevant information, provide FAQs, and help to explain what has been done so far to make our county a cleaner and safer community.
First of all, our mission 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 successfully qualify and pass an initiative for the November 2018 election which will prevent the drilling of new oil or gas wells and ban fracking on all the unincorporated lands of SLO County.
Who we are
We are the Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County. The Coalition 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, the State of 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. 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.
The pages and information in this section are a work in progress, throughout the year we hope to expand on the information and provide you with more detail as time allows. Today, we encourage you to read about the history of oil extraction (including the disasters) in San Luis Obispo County, and the history of oil in Arroyo Grande, learn about fracking, and discover what Monterey County has done to ban fracking and new oil wells. Visit our resources page for links and lots more detailed information.