SB CAN Receives $8,000 from Fund for Santa Barbara to Review More than 100 New Proposed Oil Wells

Santa Barbara Independent, Saturday, January 5, 2013

Santa Barbara County Action Network recently received an $8,000 grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara to review Santa Maria Energy’s proposal to drill more than 100 new onshore oil wells between Lompoc and Orcutt.

“Santa Barbara County Action Network is trying to assist local community groups and their members to better understand and know how to participate in reducing the impact of this type of project,” said Ken Hough, SB CAN executive director.

SB CAN is part of the North County Oil Coalition which includes the Environmental Defense Center, PUEBLO, Get Oil Out! and the Los Padres Sierra Club. It was formed to review the oil company’s proposal and its enhanced drilling technique called “cyclic steam injection” (also referred to as “huff and puff” or “steam soaking”) which is somewhat similar to “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing).

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SB CAN names new executive director

Santa Maria Times, September 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Joyce Howerton of Lompoc has retired as executive director of Santa Barbara County Action Network (SB CAN), with the vacancy filled by Ken Hough, the advocacy organization announced.

Howerton, a former Lompoc mayor and recent candidate for 4th District county supervisor, worked for SB CAN for nearly three years, first as advocacy director and then as executive director.

“Joyce Howerton has been a political leader and activist in North County for decades,” said Joann Marmolejo, SB CAN’s board president. “... Joyce was a founding member of SB CAN and served as North County vice president for many years.

“Joyce says she would like to take a break for a while, but will soon return to community life. We welcome her continued involvement with SB CAN,” Marmolejo added.

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