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On Tuesday, January 9 the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved their "2018 Federal Legislative Agenda & Platform," which included the stated position that Ventura County "opposes new oil and gas leases off the Pacific."
CFROG thanks every Supervisor for approving this legislative agenda and applauds county staff for including this important position in this document.
Thank you Ventura County for opposing the risky plan presented by Secretary Ryan Zinke that seeks to add more offshore drilling off our coastline. So far the City of Ojai has approved a resolution opposing new offshore oil drilling - What other cities in Ventura County will stand with the growing coalition of municipalities to #ProtectOurCoast and stop this plan.
More information on our efforts to #ProtectOurCoast.
Click on the Dolphin to submit your comments to Zinke telling him to #ProtectOurCoast from more offshore drilling.
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Last week the Trump administration released a plan that opens up our coastline to more federal drilling. Since 1984 no new federal oil leases have been sold off the California coast, and that is because there has always been bipartisan opposition to more oil drilling in the Pacific. Everyone understands the risk offshore drilling poses to the economy and natural beauty of the California coastline.
The 60-day public comment period regarding this dangerous drilling plan starts online today.
Fri. Dec. 22 - Today I was invited to go and see the burning seep fields for myself, my account and photos of that is below. Here is a map created by Vickie Peters, GIS, Pura Vida Community Media, using data of mapped seeps from the United State Geological Service (USGS). The seeps have been flowing for eons, and have burned before, but today more people live in the area around them and we have the ability to understand the health impacts from exposure to the vapor.
CFROG has been advocating for thorough and complete air sampling, appropriate public advisories and protection, and efforts to get the seep fires put out by communicating with our local agencies and officials as everyone is tackling this unique issue.
The seeps continue to burn in the Upper Ojai Valley and CFROG has received public reports of smoke on the Casitas Springs side of the Sulphur Mountain Road, where known seeps exist, and we have visually confirmed those reports and confirmed with the Ventura County Fire Department that they are aware those seeps are also smoldering.
HERE are our previous updates regarding the status of oil fields after the Thomas Fire and air quality samples in one area around the seeps.
I met Trevor Quirk and Justin Homze, and Trevor's mother-in-law, Lou at 8:00 a.m. today at Trevor's home in Upper Ojai. Trevor and Justin are part of the core crew that is the driving force behind the amazing community response in Upper Ojai for the nearly 80+ families whose homes burnt down, and others impacted by the Thomas Fire. Trevor invited me to come and see the "seep fields" that continue to smoke.
Photo: CFROG, Dec. 22 7:30 a.m. 1) morning mist in Upper Ojai. 2) Seep
Public officials and Fire department officials recommend the public stay away, and Trevor also asked that I do not provide details to the public about the specific location of the smoking seeps and I'm honoring that request.