Kimberly Rivers published Green & Healthy GenPlan Blog in CFROG GenPlan Blog 2018-01-18 11:57:09 -0800
Keep Our Air Clean!
General plan updates should be watched ! Local Action for Local Impact.
The Ventura County General Plan Update is underway - this is important - conservation minded, those who want more bike paths, folks concerned about Climate Change - should all be paying attention and participating in this public process. CFROG is mobilizing to make sure oil and gas land use/permitting policies put public health and the environment over oil and gas industry interests. The General Plan sets that policy - with this letter CFROG is hoping to activate the Ojai Valley to get involved - and understand what is at stake.
(Letter to the Editor, Kimberly Rivers, CFROG, Exec. Director, Printed Friday, May 19 in the Ojai Valley News)
Longtime Ojai Valley residents can probably recall smog days. Just a couple of decades ago air in the valley on those days was so poor that children were kept inside at school to limit exposure to the toxic air. Thankfully, county planners created air emission rules in the Ventura County General Plan (GenPlan). From Casitas Springs to Upper Ojai, projects that exceed limits (5 lbs./day ROC/NOx) are found to create a significant impact, and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is triggered. That rule has helped to clean our air. But the Ojai Valley is still in “severe non- attainment” for air quality according to state and federal standards. The 5-lb. rule must be maintained, and actual air emissions from all sources across the county must be reduced.Read more
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Kimberly Rivers published Pattern at County Planning revealed in Quarry Permit in CFROG Blog 2017-01-19 08:59:27 -0800
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.Read more
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Kimberly Rivers published Ventura County Supervisors setting dangerous precedent in CFROG Blog 2016-06-22 11:57:59 -0700
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.Read more
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I’m proud and excited to announce a major VICTORY for Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas - CFROG! Just over a week ago CFROG won in Ventura County Superior Court with a decision that found county permitting procedures for oil and gas projects violate local and state environmental and land use laws – jeopardizing our air and water. Read the details and court decision HERE.
That court decision HALTS the expansion of an oil and gas project - pending proper air emission analysis, cumulative impacts review and a study of public safety impacts from oil tanker trucks on narrow road/bridge. All things the county failed to do.
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