SBCAN Action Alert - Oil aquifer exemption, water forum, open streets

Santa Barbara County Action Network 
October 20, 2015

1.  Thursday, October 22 at 12:30 p.m. - Rally and hearing to stop oil companies from getting aquifer exemptions, SLO County
2.  Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. - LWV Water Forum in Santa Maria
3.  Saturday, October 24 - Open Streets in Santa Barbara
1.  Thursday, October 22 - Rally and hearing to stop oil company from getting aquifer exemption, Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, 1055 Monterey Street, Room D170, San Luis Obispo

We've been asked to pass the following information along because it could have an effect on Santa Barbara County. From Jean Reeves:

Please RSVP and invite your friends to this important event by clicking this Facebook link.  

It is the first proposal for an Aquifer Exemption for one of the over 500 aquifers in California that DOGGR (Department of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources) has been allowing the oil companies to illegally inject oil and gas wastewater into federally protected aquifers, 11 of which are in Santa Barbara County.  Instead of shutting down the illegal injection wells, they are asking the US EPA for exemptions for these aquifers so they can continue to pollute our precious water resources.  I am concerned that this first application for an aquifer exemption in the Arroyo Grande oil field may set a precedence for other aquifers.
To see the map click the link below:  
To read about the State Senate oversight hearing about this issue, click the link below:

Rally at 12:30pm, then head into the Planning Commission hearing at 1:30pm and speak out to keep SLO healthy and beautiful.

 2.  Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. - League of Women Voters Water Forum, Betteravia Government Center,  511 E. Lakeside Parkway,  Santa Maria

Water in Our Community 

“Everything you thought you knew… and more…” 

Thursday, October 22, 2015 

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 

Betteravia Government Center 

511 Lakeside Parkway Santa Maria, CA 93455 



Mark Zimmer from Golden State Water 

Representative from the State Water Board 

Don Ward, former member of local Water Board 

Tom Fayram from Santa Barbara County Water Board 

Shannon Sweeney from the Santa Maria City Water Resources 

Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Santa Maria Valley 

**Simultaneous Spanish translation available. Open to the public. Individual presentations followed by facilitated Public Q&A. 

***Filmed event will be available following the event on Public Access Television and Facebook. 

Questions? Lisa Thornhill – Programs – Call: (805) 264-1715


3.  Saturday, October 24 - Open Streets in Santa Barbara

Kent Epperson, director of SBCAG Traffic Solutions, has arranged for a bus to take residents of Santa Maria to the Open Streets event in Santa Barbara on October 24. It might still be possible to sign up for the bus.

I wanted to invite you all to attend the 3rd annual Santa Barbara Open Streets on Sat. Oct. 24th.  We have arranged a free shuttle from Guadalupe and Santa Maria to the event.  The free shuttle is donated by Santa Barbara Airbus (LAX Shuttle) so a huge thanks goes out to our sponsor!

Space on the bus is limited so register to reserve your space on the bus here.

SB Open Streets is MAGIC:  For those of you that are not familiar with the event, it is a 2 mile stretch of Cabrillo Blvd. along Santa Barbara's beautiful beachfront closed to motorized vehicles and open for families to bike, walk, skate, dance, play and exercise on.  We will have multiple dance and music stages, yoga, basketball, street hockey, a skate park, chalk drawing, dancing zombies and much much more.  With no cars, there is no noise, no pollution and it is safe, safe, safe.  The event is Santa Barbara's premier health and wellness event.  Some of you may have attended the 1st annual Guadalupe Ciclovia - this is very similar to our event in SB.  Here is a video from our first annual event two years ago.

Interested in seeing an Open Streets event in Santa Maria?  Catch the fever and experience our event first hand.  If you want to make this field trip even more fulfilling, help us by becoming a volunteer and earn a 2015 commemorative t-shirt.  

Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested in this unique and fun filled FREE activity.

Kent Epperson
Director of SBCAG Traffic Solutions