Upcoming SB County Planning Commission public hearing:
On Wednesday, March 13 at 9:00AM, the Santa Barbara Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on ERG’s Project. Please join us and tell the Planning Commission to deny the Project and protect our climate, air quality, water resources, and public health. ERG is proposing to drill 233 new thermally enhanced, steam injection oil wells, producing an estimated 10,000 barrels of oil per day.
This project is only 1900 feet from an elementary school and residences. It would increase air pollution, damage residents’ health, degrade water quality and ecosystems, generate traffic and 24/7 light and noise pollution, and lock in dirty fossil fuel production for decades to come – at a time when climate reports warn we need to accelerate a transition to cleaner sources of energy.
Meet at 8:30 am, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria, CA 93455. (Joe Centeno Building off E. Betteravia and Centerpointe Parkway.) This could be decided at this hearing!!!
Contact Santa Barbara Planning Commissioners before the hearing!!
**** Email comments on ERG’s 233 new steam injection wells by noon on March 11th to:
There are dozens of new oil wells proposed for Santa Barbara County that will be voted on by our county Board of Supervisors. Click on the link: NO drilling! Reject proposals by oil companies AERA, ERG (currently in bankruptcy) and PetroRock. These projects would drill through the Santa Maria Valley Groundwater Basin, which provides clean drinking water to 12 cities and over 200,000 people. We need to make sure our county votes against these proposals!
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- This project would double the county’s current onshore oil production and is starkly at odds with our county’s Climate Action Plan goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the county by 50% by 2030.
- It would drill through the Santa Maria Valley groundwater basin, which provides clean drinking water for residents and agriculture. Well castings can and do fail, and surface spills are inevitable, thus risking our county’s largest clean water source. ERG has already spilled more than any other onshore oil company since 2010.
- The crude oil in Cat Canyon is so thick that ERG needs to truck in a lighter crude from Kern County to mix with it, and then truck the combined crude back out again to a pump station – requiring 156 one-way truck trips every day of light and blended crude oil.
- Trucks are the least safe way to transport oil, and accidents can shut down roads for extended periods of time. The project creates roadway hazards by adding oil tanker trucks to the 101, a critical transportation corridor for our region.
- This project represents an industrial expansion in a high fire hazard area. ERG has had 34 fire department violations over the past four years and there have been recent fires on their site. This is an unacceptable risk given ever-increasing wildfire risk due to climate change.
- ERG’s natural gas pipeline, with a capacity greater than all residential natural gas usage in the county, poses an explosion risk along the 101 where a gas leak and roadway spark could trigger a vapor cloud fire.
- The project presents a financial risk to the county. When a spill, fire or other disaster occurs, companies often leave taxpayers and counties on the hook. ERG is in bankruptcy, making the chances of them paying for damages highly unlikely. They have even failed to pay property taxes. In County Council’s 2017-19 budget request, they reported that ERG owed the county $14 million in back taxes