What happened at well in Santa Paula?

On August 4 an event at an oil and gas well led to a person being injured and requiring transport to the hospital. 

HERE is the news story in the Ventura County Star. 

Anneliese Anderle a member of the CFROG Advisory Board is a California Registered Petroleum Engineer and a Retired, Senior Oil & Gas Engineer with the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). 

Here are her thoughts about the incident based on examining the well files: 


F541D1AB2292457C92CB4698738EED32.jpgI believe that California Resources Corporation (CRC) was conducting an idle well test on their well “S.P.S.” 17 (111-02543) judging from the address of 800 South Mission Rock Road in Saticoy.  The well is in an industrial yard (see Google Earth image) and has been idle over 9 years although there was an effort to produce the well in 2013 without adequate results.


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"Guiding Principles for The People's Paradise"

CFROG supporter John Davis pens a compelling piece for CounterPunch about how Ventura County is falling far short of truly capturing public input for the General Plan Update. SUBSCRIBE to CFROG emails to stay informed about our efforts to expand public input and ensure Ventura County hears from people in the county who want Environmental Justice and Climate Action to be major parts of land use in the coming decades in Ventura County. 

Ventura_County_Oil_Wells_map.jpgan excerpt - "Since I believe I have been defrauded of my rights to legitimately provide input to the process by a patently specious outreach program conducted as window dressing to the machinations (and low-grade word-smithing) conducted in the vape-filled rooms of the County Planning Commission on a document initially drafted by a planning consultant, I feel empowered to propose a draft of my own five-point Guiding Principles for The People’s Paradise (F.K.A. County) of Ventura."

Read the entire piece on CounterPunch HERE. 

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Not Our Heritage - Clean Up PetroChem Site

The following letter was submitted to the VC Cultural Heritage Board regarding todays hearing at 1:15 (Meeting Details HERE) regarding a proposal to grant landmark protection to two chemical tanks at the USA PetroChem site along the Ventura River. 


July 24, 2017

Chair Mikkelsen and Members of the Cultural Heritage Board
800 South Victoria Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93009

Subject: Proposed Discretionary Permit to Allow for Landmark Status Related to Two Tanks on the USA Petro-Chem Site at Crooked Palm Road, Ventura County

Dear Chair Mikkelsen and Board Members:

Before you today is a discretionary project subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), to approve or deny a Planned Development Permit (PDP) for landmark status for two tanks on the USA Petro-Chem site. 

According to CEQA, if there exists the potential that the project may have a significant unmitigated adverse impact on the environmental an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) must be completed for the project.

Proposed Resolution No. 2017-4 (in the Boards agenda packet) states, in part, that the proposed project is Categorically Exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) according to the State CEQA Guidelines Section 15308. Section 15308 has the caveat that the relaxation of standards allowing for environmental degradation is not allowed with this exemption.     Further, according to CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2(c) no exemption can be used if there is substantial evidence in the record that a significant adverse impact on the environment will occur.

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Toxic Waste site as Cultural Heritage Landmark?

Great balls of baloney!


They want to save money and not remove the giant ammonia storage tanks at the former USA Petrochem Oil Refinery by declaring them a historical landmark.

The staff of the Ventura County Cultural Heritage Board agrees and if you think this eyesore and blight along the river should not stand there forever,  you better come to the public hearing this coming Monday July 24th and say so.

The hearing is set for 1:15 Monday afternoon in the Atlantic conference room of the administrative building of the government center on Victoria Avenue in Ventura .


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