A little over a month ago 45,000 gallons of oil spilled from a pipeline above the City of Ventura, coating a dry creek bed in inches of crude oil. Thanks to a quick response by public safety officials, the spill was prevented from entering the ocean, but as one resident told the LA Times, there’s simply no excuse for this kind of spill to happen.
Ventura County has failed to take action on a Grand Jury report recommending the County conduct a study to fully understand the condition of the "elderly" pipelines running through our neighborhoods. That Grand Jury report stated - the “County does not have a thorough understanding of the state of the total crude oil pipeline array within the County.”
Assemblymember Das Williams, the chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, and Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, the chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Refugio Oil Spill, are having a joint oversight hearing regarding the Ventura Oil Spill this Thursday August 4th at the Bell Arts Factory.
Local orgs including Food & Water Watch, Ventura Climate HUB 350, and Ventura Sierra Club will be having a No More Oil Spills Rally before the hearing to make it clear to officials that enough is enough! Please show up early and show support.
State Officials and the Board of Supervisors have taken steps towards looking into the issue, but much more is needed to be done to protect our communities and our environment. In response to this oil spill, we ask the State Officials and the Board of Supervisors to:
-Ensure oil companies responsible for the spill, including Crimson Pipeline, pay for or reimburse public agencies for the full cost of the clean-up, as well as restoration of the environment harmed by the spill. Neither Taxpayers nor our environment should pay for the irresponsibility of oil companies.
-Require an immediate, comprehensive, independent investigation of all oil and gas pipelines throughout the County, assessing our vulnerability for future spills and leaks. Where there are issues, the County should demand those facilities be shut down until the issue is resolved.
-Issue an immediate moratorium on any new oil or gas drilling wells in the County, until this comprehensive, independent investigation has been completed. We should not be drilling more wells while we are unsure if our pipeline infrastructure is safe.
-Lastly, we ask the Board of Supervisors take steps towards initiating a long-term phase-out of oil and gas extraction operations in the County. We know that our health and our environment will never be safe as long as we are reliant on fossil fuels, and for the sake of our children, we ask the county to ramp down oil & gas operations, and work with the community to pursue a just transition to 100% clean energy.
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