On Nov. 1 the Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to continue the appeal hearing of an oil and gas project located in the Upper Ojai Valley that involves an injection well and waste disposal sumps currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board for potentially putting the groundwater in the area at risk of contamination.
CFROG had appealed this project on numerous grounds related to traffic, violations of state environmental laws (CEQA), how air emissions were being calculated and more. But the water board investigation surfaced in the weeks prior to Nov. 1 and that new information was presented to the Board. To be clear, CFROG is asking the Board to send the project back to staff for a full and CEQA compliant analysis of all potential impacts from the project.
CFROG asked the Board to step forward as water protectors for the residents of Ventura County.
On Nov. 1 the Board voted to continue the deliberations in order to fully review the new information.
BUT since the hearing the applicant has now withdrawn the injection well from their project application. A move they hope will make this project easier for the Board to swallow. But what that actually means, is that the project has been amended and must be reviewed under CEQA based on an accurate project description.
And it does not change the fact that historic and currently permitted (for air emissions only) waste sumps are part of the land use permit at issue - sumps that are under investigation by the water board for their risk to groundwater resources.
CFROG has requested the public hearing be reopened allowing the public to provide further comment to the Board. HERE is our letter asking for the Board to allow the public to comment on the AMENDED project - we want to ensure our Supervisors take seriously their role and duty in protecting public health and safety and the public trust that is involved in being our elected water protectors.
A mother from Pennsylvania named Amy Nassif has been testifying to the British Parliament this week regarding opening the pandora's box of fracking in their nation. She told them if they allow it they will be creating "sacrifice zones" where the people around the activity will suffer the consequences.
We do not want sacrifice zones in Ventura County! We want all our water protected!
CFROG was joined in the latest appeal by Los Padres ForestWatch and the Center for Biological Diversity.
Come to the hearing on Nov. 15 to show your support!
You can't drink oil. You can't breathe oil.
Keep our air and water clean - We want full and complete analysis!
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