Community unites against Petrochem proposal
CFROG has learned that our appeal of a decision by the Ventura County Planning Director to approve another polluting use for the old Petrochem property north of Ventura will not be necessary. An Indiana-based firm, Real Estate Recovery Capital, purchased the property from the original owner and will not go forward with the vehicle and contractor storage yard approved for the site. The new owner has indicated further cleanup is necessary and that the property will be resold.
Read more about this ill-conceived project proposed for the gateway to the Ojai Valley.
No new tar sands
A recent U.S. Geological Survey report found petroleum-related gases in two Oxnard groundwater wells sited directly over cyclic steam oil recovery operations, and possibly a third. An operator was proposing 79 new tar sands wells near multiple water wells between Oxnard and Camarillo, but the county shut them down for mass violations of their permits.
Environmental justice for Oxnard
There are 1,400 low-income residents living in Oxnard Pacific Mobile Estates in Oxnard with homes as close as 1,665 feet to a drill pad, with another nearby. This oilfield was proposed to be expanded to four new oil wells, an oil and gas processing facility, and a flare to burn off gas produced at the project. The production facility was being built to separate oil, water and gas for a minimum of 20 permitted oil wells, causing more air pollution and truck traffic in the area.
CFROG and Food & Water Watch appealed the approval of this project and on Sept. 24, 2019 the Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted for a resolution of denial.
The community turned out to speak against this expanded oilfield. Clearly, the citizens of Oxnard are tired of being surrounded by unhealthy industrial activities. Read more here.
Keep this toxic facility shut down
The Santa Clara Waste Water facility in Santa Paula is in a league of its own locally for its documented dangerous practices. The site of a 2014 explosion caused by the mishandling of chemicals which left several first responders permanently unable to work, it now could reopen under a new name.
No new fracking on public lands
CFROG was dismayed to learn of the Bureau of Land Management's recent proposal to further open public lands to fracking and other oil and gas development. More than 1 million acres of federal land, including areas that the federal government just owns the below-surface mineral rights to, could be leased to oil companies for drilling and fracking.
Ventura County will be impacted. Learn how.
Climate action in General Plan Update
It is critical that Ventura County gets it right in the climate elements of its General Plan Update, now newly released. Working for the health of the planet is CFROG's core mission and we believe the effects of climate change will impact Ventura County profoundly — from the wildfires which have raged out of control to coastal infrastructure now threatened by sea-level rise.