Speak Up With CFROG- Let's Go Ventura County - Together We Can Raise $160,000 for Clean Water and Air

Did you know the oil and gas industry contributed $160,000 to ONE campaign in Ventura County last year? That is unprecedented - CFROG is working at the community level - acting as YOUR watchdog - educating the community, decision makers and holding agencies accountable for enforcing and following the law. But we want to show the industry that we don't want their money influencing land use decisions or oversight of their activities in the county. 

Ventura County - will you help CFROG raise $160,000

to support our work protecting public health and the environment? 

I'm excited for this fundraising campaign - I'm confident the residents of Ventura County will stand with CFROG to push back and show that clean water, air and soils should be the top priority in Ventura County. It is so important to let our local government, local regulators, planners know that clean air and water are vital and important to the residents of VC. 

We are asking folks to sign up more a recurring monthly donation.

Can you donate $100 a month for clean water and air in VC? 

Any amount of course helps if you can't give $100. 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY.



  • Public Appeal Hearing: Environmental Justice For Oxnard!

    Speak out for Environmental Justice in Oxnard!

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    Come to the public appeal hearing and join CFROG and Food & Water Watch in telling Ventura County to ensure Environmental Justice is part of the issues assessed when processing oil and gas permits in the county. 

    HERE is more information on the project and our appeal. 

    If you are unable to attend the hearing, please submit your comments in advance to: 

    Bonnie Luke, Ventura County Planning, Bonnie.Luke@ventura.org , 805-654-5193

     

    WHEN
    September 07, 2017 at 8:30am
    WHERE
    Ventura County Government Center - Board Hearing Room
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  • Hi John – Great question! you can join us in putting pressure on VC Environmental Health Dept (VCEHD) to do a full and complete investigation by calling or emailing: William Stratton, Director VCEHD – bill.stratton@ventura.org 805-654-2818



  • I’m listening to the audio book version of Bill McKibbon’s “Oil and Honey” (available at our local library) and am so enjoying it.

  • Environmental Justice in Oxnard

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    GOAL: 332 signatures

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    • We support CFROG's & Food and Water Watch's appeal of the Renaissance Petroleum expansion of the Cabrillo Oil Field - without proper assessment related to environmental justice issues and when the whole of the project is not being fully considered as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

    Grant the CFROG & Food and Water Watch Appeal! 

    No Impact Study - No Approval!

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    We never share our list, and we don't send daily notes - more like bi-weekly (although sometimes things can get busy). 

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  • Hi Donette – thanks for your question and sorry for the confusion – NationBuilder (the system we use for database and website management) works with social media, including Facebook – so you can sing up with CFROG (in NationBuilder) through your facebook account .

  • Pattern at County Planning revealed in Quarry Permit

    CFROG's mission is to make sure that oil and gas activities in Ventura County are only allowed when public health and the environment are protected. As part of that effort CFROG often makes comments on oil and gas project applications and land use permit modifications, and if appropriate file legal action.  

    In doing that work we have witnessed a pattern within the Ventura County Planning Department - changes being made to permits without proper impact studies being done as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This body of laws is aimed at protecting the environment, but also ensuring the public has ample opportunity to review and comment on a project. 

    Today - as I write this, the Ventura County Planning Commission is hearing an appeal of a land use permit for a rock quarry on Highway 33, north of the city of Ojai. CFROG has submitted comments regarding a change that occurred in the permit - without impact study - a time change in operating hours for the quarry. Why is that such a big deal? Well, because the route for those trucks takes them right past Nordhoff High School. 

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  • Support Our Work - Donate to CFROG Today!

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    GOAL: 100 donors

    Help CFROG ensure oil and gas projects in Ventura are only allowed when

    public health and the environment are protected! 

    With everything going on at the federal level - local government is all that more important. It is our local Board of Supervisors who have the land use authority to approve or deny new oil drilling in Ventura County and to ensure all operators are complying with the law. CFROG is keeping an eye on local government - we are YOUR oil and gas watchdog organization. 

    With a minimum donation (annual) of $25 you become a CFROG Member and will receive our monthly newsletter (Premier issue is July 2017), special invites to events and more. 


     

    • To donate by check – send payable to CFROG, Post Office Box 114, Ojai, CA 93024

    • To donate over the phone by credit card – call Kimberly Rivers, Executive Director direct at 805-727-1393.

    This page is to make a one-time donation of $25 or more. 

    CLICK HERE to give a sustaining MONTHLY donation to CFROG.  

     

             

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  • I signed up to volunteer for CFROG (Citizens For Responsible Oil and Gas. Join me!

    Volunteer

    Volunteers are the heart of grass roots movements. 
    CFROG needs all different kinds of volunteers - from sitting at our booth at events, to set up at fundraising events and attending hearings. 

    Canvassing - join our crew in going door to door in communities to inform them about oil and gas projects in their area, potential impacts and how they can get involved. Don't worry - we have skilled canvassers to help support you! It's fun. 

    Shift at Local Event - Help spread the word about CFROG and the work we do - volunteer for a shift at our Booth at local events. Check out Calendar for upcoming events. 

    Research Team - Do you like pouring over documents? Maps? Then you might enjoy joining our research team. This is vital to our monitoring work - this is how our current team has found oil wells drilled in the wrong spot, errors on maps and more. 

    Attend a Hearing - CFROG sometimes determines that we must appeal an approved oil and gas project - this leads to public hearings before the Ventura County Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors. In the future we may have hearings at the City level. When you attend a hearing you send a message to the public officials that the public cares about this issue, and is paying attention. 

    Action Support Team - This is an important team of dedicated volunteers who will provide support to various CFROG actions. It might involve organizing piles of papers to submit to the court, it might involve making signs, it might involve brainstorming or posting fliers. If you like to do the nitty gritty work this team is for you. 

    Event Team - Help CFROG set up, break down and manage our fundraising and public outreach events. 

    Host a Meet and Greet - Share information about CFROG with your friends. 

    Graphic Guru - do you have rock star graphic design skills - or are striving to develop them? CFROG is in need of volunteer help with graphic design needs for events, online, creating fabulous fliers, striking images and more. If you'd like to help we will thank you profusely and share your info at every opportunity. 

    Thank you for your support! Become a volunteer

  • Support

    To Donate Online -  

    Monthly Donation - A sustaining gift

        • Make an recurring monthly donation to CFROG by clicking Monthly Donation

     

    One-Time Donation


     Mail a Check payable to CFROG

    Mailed to: CFROG, Post Office Box 114, Ojai, CA 93024
    A receipt will be mailed. 

    Over the phone with a credit card -

    Call Kimberly Rivers, CFROG, Executive Director to process your card. 805-727-1393


  • CFROG is proud to be partnering with and supporting the group of neighbors around the area of the Grove/Hall Canyon Oil Spill that occurred on June 23. This blog is provided to this community group by CFROG and we look forward to working with the residents to ensure our local agencies, regulators and elected officials respond in an appropriate way – and work to ensure similar leaks and spills don’t occur. Support CFROG Today! https://cfrog.nationbuilder.com/support_cfrog

    And for information from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife visit: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/ospr/calspillwatch

  • Ventura County Supervisors setting dangerous precedent

    Hello CFROGers, 

    This is the first blog post on the CFROG BLOG - check back here to regular reports from CFROG about important issues related to oil and gas activities in Ventura County and the State. 


     

    Yesterday (Tues. June 21) your elected representatives, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted - three to two - to overturn a decades long precedent held in the County that the intersection of Koenigstein Road and Highway 150 (located in Upper Ojai) is unsafe for oil tanker truck traffic. This vote, made by Supervisors Peter Foy, Kathy Long and John Zaragoza open the doors to more trucks on a rural, residential road. 

    We applaud the "no" votes of Supervisors Steve Bennett and Linda Parks who opposed the motion - during board deliberation they were not comfortable with the County deeming that intersection safe for oil tanker trucks. 

    The applicant oil operator had asked the county  -

    • to renew the Conditional Use Permit allowing oil drilling for another 25 years
    • to allow three new wells (there are three existing wells)
    • to redrill one well (old wells sometimes need to be redrilled to get things flowing again)
    • and to let oil tanker trucks to use the intersection to take oil, gas and oil field waste water from the site. 

    Back in the early 80's, the Board of Supervisors prohibited the use of the road and intersection because the big trucks couldn't make a legal or safe turn - turning into or out of the intersection. HERE IS A COUNTY VIDEO OF AN OIL TRUCK MAKING THE TURN - you can see the front wheels cross the center yellow line on Highway 150 and as the truck goes onto the Koenigstein Road bridge it MUST go into the far lane, crossing that center line as well. 

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