Ventura County's environmental watchdogs

CFROG is Hiring

Executive Director

 

The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer of CFROG and is responsible for the organization's ongoing achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The ED provides strategic direction for the organization and serves as its primary spokesperson among key audiences (more information).

To apply, submit a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to CFROG.JOBS@gmail.com. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

 

During this difficult time, CFROG is still fighting for you. While many of our programs are on hold, we are still able to serve you as a clearinghouse for information. We can also still continue to serve you in our watchdog role. Contact us at ed@cfrog.org if you see an oil and gas issue you would like us to follow up on. Our team of experts can answer your questions.

• Taking on the oil industry 
• Campaigning for clean air and water
• Advocating for the health and safety of our residents 

As residents of the fastest-warming county in the lower 48 states, we are more motivated than ever to help build a sustainable future for our planet. Climate First: Replacing Oil and Gas (CFROG) has built a team of experts to challenge the status quo with facts and commonsense proposals to fight bad projects that hurt our environment and jeopardize our health.

Our success speaks for itself:

    • Won unanimous Board of Supervisors vote for a moratorium to stop new cyclic steam oil drilling activities in the Oxnard Plain in order to protect our water.
    • Fought to successfully deny an expanded oilfield near a low-income community with a high pollution burden.
    • Put oil companies on notice with a long-sought vote by the Board of Supervisors to bring all new projects under modern environmental review.
    • Supported  the inclusion of a robust climate action plan in Ventura County’s new General Plan.
    • Administered a successful community air monitoring program in low-income communities.


Participate in the CalGEM rulemaking process

 

CFROG believes that public health should always come before oil industry profits. We encourage residents, especially those who live near oil extraction, to express their concerns in the current Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) rulemaking process.

To fulfill its recently strengthened mission to protect public health, safety, and the environment, CalGEM is undertaking a process to update public health and safety protections for communities near oil and gas production operations.

The rulemaking process will involve extensive public input and consider the best available science and data to inform new and strengthened protective requirements.

We urgently recommend you send in your written comments by June 10 to:

CalGEMRegulations@conservation.ca.gov
or by postal mail to:
​Department of Conservation
801 K Street, MS 24-02
Sacramento, CA 95814
ATTN: Public Health near Oil Gas Rulemaking

For more information, go to:

https://www.conservation.ca.gov/calgem/Pages/Public-Health.aspx

For CFROG's talking points on buffers, steam extraction, groundwater protection, flaring and tanker traffic, please go here.


Home page aerial photo by Jimmy Young.

  • From the blog

    Pandemic a wake up call for our planet



    On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we at CFROG had hoped to bring you better news.

    As we fight the biggest threat to our health most of us have ever known, we are simultaneously seeing longtime protections for clean air, water and our lands fall by the wayside in an unprecedented move by federal officials to grant the fossil fuel industry’s every wish.

    April 21 brought an announcement of a bailout for Big Oil, already enjoying lavish subsidies — by some estimates roughly $20 billion per year.

    And officials have said that this year is on track to be the warmest year on record.

    We are determined to find opportunity in the darkness. Commuters staying at home have brought about the cleanest skies in decades and we have found that telecommuting is a viable lifestyle. People have discovered they can be happy living simply and that mass consumption is not necessary. We are suddenly paying attention to the effect we have on the planet and this builds awareness of climate change.

    Today we can still celebrate Earth Day. Visit a quiet outdoor spot that brings you joy. Tune in to Earth Day Live with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.

    And your friends at CFROG will still keep working hard for you. Our mission is more important than ever as regulatory frameworks dwindle. We follow up on your concerns, identify projects that have the potential to endanger public health, and have steered public policy to bring about a more earth-friendly future.

    Working together we can make change happen.

    If you would like to help us in our mission, please DONATE today.

     

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    Federal agencies work to dirty our air while we fight respiratory illness


    While Americans are sheltering in their homes in order to protect their health, federal agencies are working hard to unravel other safeguards for them. 

    On March 28 the Environmental Protection Agency issued an order that absolves polluters from federal enforcement of many reporting duties required under the laws governing our air, water and lands. The oil and gas industry, in particular, asked for regulations to be relaxed.

    The memorandum from the EPA stipulates that industry must document violations of operations such as integrity testing or air quality monitoring, but are only required to report if asked, letting them off the hook if something is wrong.

    For example, oil refineries are mandated to monitor releases of benzene, a chemical which is known to cause cancer. Last year at least 10 refineries across the U.S. exceeded allowed thresholds.

    The memo also abdicates enforcement of other violations to state and local governments, which vary widely in their approaches to polluters. It is not known at this time how California will respond to this dereliction of duty at the federal level.

    Worse, the EPA issued another order on April 16 weakening regulations on the release of mercury and other toxic metals from oil and coal-fired power plants. Another little-noticed announcement allows refineries to stop producing their less polluting summer blends. And on March 31, the feds dealt clean air another blow by revoking the fuel economy standards put in place by President Obama in 2012, the biggest U.S. effort toward combatting climate change and cleaning our air.

    This is part of a continuing effort to not only unravel all of Obama's legacy, but also do the bidding of the oil industry, which includes pulling out of the Paris climate accords and dismantling the Clean Power Plan which would have reduced carbon pollution from power plants.

    California has especially been in the crosshairs. In September, the administration announced that it was revoking California's waiver under the Clean Air Act to set stricter standards for vehicle emissions. Also targeted are the state's Zero Emissions Vehicle policy and cap-and-trade system, all lynchpins in our ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thus become a model for the U.S. and the world on tackling climate change.

    The timing could not be worse. According to John Balmes, professor of occupational and environmental medicine at UCSF, "There is fairly strong evidence that air pollution increases the risk of acute low respiratory infections. And it may have contributed to the extent of the outbreak in Wuhan."

    As we battle a new public health threat, we must be cognizant of the one that already existed — climate change. We will pull through these dark times using science to combat the coronavirus. We cannot turn our backs on the science that already exists to keep us from the dangers of a warming planet.

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