CFROG Current Actions in Ventura County-

 Current Actions:

Breaking News: CFROG WINS! 

Superior Court finds Ventura County violated state law!

#CFROG Enforces CEQA

On November 14, 2017 Hon. Glen M. Reiser of Ventura County Superior Court issued an order instructing Ventura County to nullify the approval of an oil and gas project in the Upper Ojai Valley because the way the county processed it - without proper air emissions analysis or full consideration of public safety impacts of oil tanker trucks on Koenigstein Road - violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). 

Project Details and Court Order HERE. 


 

 

#State & EPA - Protect Fillmore's Water

NO more oil waste injection in the Sespe! 

FBCoverSespeLetters-01.jpgAn oil company has asked for an underground aquifer to be exempted from protection under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. If granted oil field waste will be allowed to be injected into a larger area, coming within about one mile of the Fillmore Subbasin - the only source of drinking water for Fillmore. 

The state and federal EPA, Region 9 are the ultimate decision makers. 

HERE are more details and links to the exemption application. 

Public Comment Deadline: 5pm on Wednesday Nov. 8. comments can be emailed to : comments@conservation.ca.gov

Come to a letter writing party in Fillmore on November 6 - HERE are the DETAILS. 

 

#Environmental Justice In Oxnard -

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Project Status: Board of Supervisor Hearing is set for December 5 - Stay Tuned.

-On Sept. 7 the VC Planning Commission voted to approve the project as is. We applaud Commissioner Nora Aidukas for her no vote and Commissioner Phil White for his attempt to add a permit condition that would have helped reduce emissions. 

CLICK HERE FOR VC Star news coverage of the Sept. 7 appeal hearing.

DO you support our appeal? 


CFROG is partnered with Food & Water Watch in our appeal of an oil and gas project at Etting & Dodge Roads in Oxnard.  On April 13, 2017 partners CFROG and Food & Water Watch appealed a project approved by the Ventura County Planning Director that adds more oil and gas wells to a location without studying how an increase in truck traffic, emissions from more oil wells and other factors will impact residents, students at local schools, and farm workers in the area. 

HERE is more info about the project. 

 Action Items:  

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Photo shows the Naumann Drill pad that is part of this project. The "pilot" flare constantly burns and when the operator needs to burn off excess gas the flare grows larger. Emissions from "unplanned" or "emergency" flaring is not tracked or limited in Ventura County. We do not know how much emergency flaring will increase with this project.

#Protect Our Coast from New Drilling & Fracking

platform_dolly.jpgNO NEW DRILLING in Federal Waters on California Coastline!

CFROG has joined a statewide coalition of organizations working throughout the west to stop Trumps assault of the California Coastline by opening up federal waters to more drilling and fracking. 

Our local environment and economy depend on healthy and clean oceans and more drilling puts that in jeopardy. 

Action Items: 

1. Join the No Offshore Drilling CFROG Action Team. Send an email NOW to our Executive Director to get involved. We have a deadline approaching and need help from people across Ventura County TODAY! Email: ED@CFROG.org

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#VC Needs Green General Plan - 

13465937_401836473320438_167915735645999069_n.jpgCFROG is working to ensure Ventura County  creates and approves a green, healthy and forward thinking General Plan that will govern all land use decisions in the county until 2040. Details coming soon. 

The fact is there are impacts from the existing and expanding oil and gas activity in Ventura County. Impacts to public health, the environment and our water. CFROG has taken action and is mobilizing to participate in the Ventura County General Plan Update process over the next four years. The GenPlan document governs all land use decisions until 2040.

We see oil and gas activity expanding - more wells are approved every year. That means more trucks, more pipelines - more potential for spills and leaks.

Follow our Green GenPlan Blog for updates on this project.

 Action Items:

*PUBLIC meeting dates HERE on our calendar.

4. Stay tuned - October hearing date for Vision & Guiding Principles to be scheduled.                                                     

#Enforcing CEQA in VC -

trucks_prohibited_on_K_Road.pngCFROG is ensuring that when Ventura County approves an oil and gas project it is complying with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) - including parts of the law that require impacts to public health, air, water and endangered species be studied and considered.

CFROG digs into project applications, historic land use permit documents to find errors, violations, inconsistencies and gaps in oversight. When appropriate we submit comments, file appeals and ultimately may take legal action. 

CFROG is reviewing a new application - 

1. Bentley Renewal - Ojai Valley/Creek Road.

*August 2017 Status: The City of Ojai has filed an appeal of this project. CFROG is providing informational and outreach support. We applaud the city for taking seriously its duty to protect public health.

CFROG has filed an appeal - 

1. Renaissance Petroleum Expansion - Oxnard - see info above about Environmental Justice in Oxnard. RSVP to the September 7 Planning Commission hearing.

CFROG currently has two active CEQA lawsuits in Ventura County - 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issues CFROG is Monitoring In Ventura County: 

  • Fracking onshore and offshore.
  • Aging oil and gas infrastructure
  • Unmapped pipelines/pipeline maintenance
  • Rincon Island
  • Ongoing investigation of Los Angeles Regional Water Board. 
  • Idle wells
  • abandoned/orphaned wells

 


Since 2013 CFROG has worked for clean air and water for all in Ventura County. Our program areas include: 

  • Working for Environmental Justice
  • Advocating for responsible and forward thinking land use planning and policies
  • Advocating for transparency and accuracy in the oil and gas permitting process
  • Ensuring the public interest is represented during the oil and gas permitting process
  • Educating the public and local decision makers about the impacts of oil and gas activity on our air and water.
  • Monitoring oil and gas regulators
  • Monitoring the enforcement of land use permit conditions.

Past Actions & Victories:

Since 2013 CFROG has appealed seven oil and gas project that were approved by Ventura County.

HERE is a list and summary of each appeal and the victories we achieved in the process. 


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