Measure Z: Fracking, Mayors And Political Prostitutes
This Measure Z op-ed by Matthew Spiegl, local environmental attorney and HuffPost contributor, tells how Big Oil is polluting our politics AND contaminating our water. Please read and share.
"Political prostitution is not a victimless crime and when it comes to matters of the environment, all too often humankind finds itself the unwilling victim.
Measure Z, an anti-fracking measure in Monterey County, California is a perfect example of how Big Oil preys on small town politicians to push their global agenda ― the extraction of oil and gas at all costs ― unrepentant of the social disruption, political strife and environmental damage it leaves behind.
Chevron Corporation and Aera Energy LLC are pouring millions of dollars into Monterey County in a disingenuous ad campaign."
A new report from the Washington, D.C-based Environmental Action Center (EAC) on California’s underground injection program finds the oil industry has been overpressurizing aquifers for decades and jeopardizing nearby drinking water sources.
"In Monterey and Fresno counties, injection projects were allowed to continue despite clear evidence of technical failures, injection zone pressure issues, and missing data and documentation; regulatory measures not only required by law, but critical to safe operation.”
Farmers, ranchers, artists, visitor-serving businesses and other business owners, political leaders, doctors, nurses, students, teachers, firefighters, faith leaders, and community groups and members, support YES on Z!
Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Yale Study Finds
Children are an especially vulnerable population.
Oct. 26, 2016
"Yet another study has determined that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, might be a major public health threat. In one of the most exhaustive reviews to date, researchers from the Yale School of Public Health have confirmed that many of the chemicals involved and released by the controversial drilling process can be linked to cancer."
The expansion of fracking, defined as "unconventional oil and gas development" has dangerous consequences to the air we breathe and the water we drink. We can stop the spread here and now and stay safe.
Breaking: Sen. Bill Monning endorses Measure Z!
Oct. 21, 2016
UNITEHERE LOCAL 483 ENDORSES MEASURE Z
The President of the hotel and restaurant employees union, Sergio Rangel says, "We're with you all the way!" Hospitality workers now account for a third of all employees on the Peninsula, and they know their jobs are endangered by risky oil operations.
Bernie Sanders, United States Senator for Vermont
Senator Bill Monning, Senate Majority Leader
Anna Cabellero, Former Mayor of Salinas; Member of Governor Jerry Brown's
Cabinet 2011-15; Candidate Assembly 30th District
Mark Stone, Assemblymember, 29th California Assembly District
Jane Parker, Supervisor, Fourth District
Bruce Delgado, Mayor, City of Marina
Clyde Roberson, Mayor, City of Monterey
Gloria de la Rosa, Councilmember, City of Salinas
Alan Haffa, City of Monterey, Councilmember
Timothy Barrett, City of Monterey, Councilmember
Libby Downey, City of Monterey, Councilmember
Jason Campbell, City of Seaside Councilmember
David Brown, City of Marina Councilmember
Gail Morton, City of Marina Councilmember
Jan Shriner, Director, Marina Coast Water District
Tom Moore, Director, Marina Coast Water District
Molly Evans, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District; Division 3
Dan Cort, Former Mayor of Pacific Grove
Dan Miller, City of Pacific Grove Councilmember
Gary Patton, former Santa Cruz Supervisor, Environmental Attorney
Mary Ann Carbone, Vice Mayor, Sand City
Judy Pennycook, Monterey County Supervisor (ret.)
Amit Pandya, Candidate for Mayor, Salinas
Wes White, Candidate, Salinas City Council
Kay Cline, Mayoral Candidate, Seaside
Kayla Jones, Candidate, Seaside City Council
Jenny McAdams, Candidate, Pacific Grove City Council
Nancy Selfridge, Monterey City Councilmember (ret.)
California Nurses Association
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Lola Steinbaum,MD,Internist, Monterey
Ruth Trotter, MD, Internist, Monterey
John Silva, MD, Family Practice, Salinas
Joseph Chudy, MD Family Medicine, Salinas
Jeanette Cisneros MD, Family Medicine
Rafael O. Siqueiros, MD, Family Medicine, Salinas
Pedro Moreno, MD, Family Practice, Salinas
Virginia Hanson, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Laura Solorio, MD, Internal Medicine (ret.)
Marc Lieberman, MD, Internist, Salinas
John Schatz, MD and Valerie Schatz, FASE, Salinas
Don King, MD, Pediatrician, Salinas (ret.)
Eduardo Dominguez, Registered Nurse
Chael Ahkahuil Rubalcava, Registered Nurse
Dan Turner, D.D.S. (ret.)
Linda Martin, D.D.S.
David Simonsen, D.D.S. (ret.)
Rebecca Lee, Certified Nutritional Health Coach
Daian Hennington, MSW, Social Worker
Margaret Rossoff, MFT
Janie Rommel-Eichorn, MFT
Carole Erickson, Public Health Nurse/Educator
Jeanie Novara, Licensed Vocational Nurse
FARMERS, RANCHERS, GROWERS
Kim Snyder, Director of Food Safety, Monterey Mushrooms
Jamie Collins, Owner, Serendipity Farms
Steve Craig, Charles Rowley, Sapaque Valley Ranch
Tony & Joye Inzana, Inzana Ranch and Produce
Iris Peppard, Co-Founder, Everyone’s Harvest Certified Organic Farmers Markets
Reid Norris, Director, Everyone’s Harvest Certified Organic Farmers Markets
Madeleine Clark, Green Goddess Organics
Anne Marie Dapp, Farmer
Sallie Calhoun, Paicines Ranch
Rick McCain, owner, Wild Ridge Organics
Carolina Garibay, Green Ribbon Organics
Christina McKnen, Greenhouse Manager
Laura Lee Lienk, Return of the Natives
Cathy Dobyns, Coordinator Ecological Farming Association
Jessica Koning, Owner, Orange Thumbs, Biologist, Plant Specialist, Big Sur
Marisela Cerda, PhD, English Learner Specialist, Salinas Union High School District
Sandra Ocampo, Trustee, Salinas Union High School District
Stephen Kim, President, Salinas City Elementary School
Patricia Padilla Salsberg, VP Trustee, Salinas Union High School District
Karen Osmundson, Trustee District 3, Pajaro Valley Unified School District
Alexandra Burke, Educator, North Monterey County Unified School District
Francisco J. Estrada, Trustee, Salinas City Elementary School District
Francisco Estrada Jr., Former Student Body President, Hartnell College
Demetrio Pruneda, former Trustee, Hartnell College
Ana Barrera, Educator, Salinas Union High School District
Steve Eklund, Salinas Teacher, (ret.)
Bob Coble, former President, North Monterey County Federation of Teachers
Bill Freeman, former Trustee, Hartnell College
Juan Martinez, former Trustee, Hartnell College
Joshua Ezekiel, Fourth Grade Teacher, Alisal Union School District
Barbara Crum, Teacher, Watsonville Unified School District (ret.)
Marie Butcher, Instructor, MPC and Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Dr. Jan Knippers Black, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Dr. Jonathan Berkey, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Alfred Hochstaedter, Earth Sciences Chair MPC
Dawn Rae Davis, Gender and Women's Studies MPC
Charlene Wells, Library Specialist, MPC
John Pearse, Professor Emeritus, Ecology/Evolutionary Biology, UCSC
José Carlos Fajardo, Stanford Lecturer, Literature, Languages and Culture (ret.)
Sandy Schacter, MPC Instructor (ret.)
Anna Crawford, past Principal, El Gabilan & Boronda Meadows
Dave Burbidge, CSUMB Instructor (ret.)
Jennifer Lagier Fellguth, Librarian, MPC
Dr. Kevin Raskoff, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, MPC
Dr. Daniel M. Fernandez, Professor, School of Natural Sciences, CSUMB
Dr. Charles Fuller, Lecturer, Division of Social, Behavioral & Global Studies, CSUMB
Pauline Seales, Educator, Docent, Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary
David Moen, Environmental Science Educator, MEarth, Carmel Valley
Dr. Timothy Krantz. Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Redlands
Margaret and Larry Rebecchi, teachers, Hollister School District (ret.)
Maria Penner, San Luis Obispo Unified School District
Frank Penner, Pacific Grove Unified School District (ret.)
Associated Students of Hartnell College (ASHC)
Associated Students of Monterey Peninsula College (ASMPC)
Hartnell College Student Senate Council
Chelsea Anna Rutt, President of the Environmental Club of MPC
Cassandra Palmeno, Environmental Club, Monterey Peninsula College
Kynen Roan, Student Senator for the Humanities, Monterey Peninsula College
Jeremy Diamsun, Student Senator for the Sciences, Monterey Peninsula College
Riley Rhodebeck, Environmental Studies Club, CSUMB
Karina Abou-Chakra, past Environmental Senator, CSUMB
Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
UNITEHERE LOCAL 483
SEIU, Local 1000
California Nurses Association
California Federation of Teachers (CFT)
California Faculty Association, Monterey Bay Chapter
SEIU Local 1000 District Labor Council 741, Salinas
Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
Patricia Alvarez, Union Representative/Organizer, California Teachers Association
Dolores Huerta, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation
Dennis Banks, Founder, American Indian Movement
California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG)
League of Women Voters, Monterey County
Monterey County Democratic Central Committee
Marina Democratic Club
Green Party of Monterey County
Progressive Democrats of America - Monterey Area Chapter
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Monterey County Branch
Quanah Brightman, Executive Director, United Native Americans, Inc.
ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY GROUPS
Food and Water Watch
Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter
Sierra Club,Loma Prieta Chapter
Surfrider, Monterey Chapter
Center for Biological Diversity
Natural Resources Defense Council
Californians Against Fracking
Fresnans Against Fracking
Clean Water Action
Frack Free Butte County
San Benito Rising
Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Stewards of the Earth
Sustainable Carmel Valley
Sustainable Pacific Grove
BSAGE-Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment
Levonne Stone, Executive Director, Fort Ord Environmental Justice Network, Inc.
Communities for Sustainable Monterey County
Douglas Deitch, ED/Founder Monterey Bay Conservancy, Santa Cruz
Highway 68 Coalition, Mike Weaver, President
Prunedale Preservation Alliance
Protect Salinas Valley
Prunedale Grange No. 388, President Ed Mitchell
Prunedale Preservation Alliance, Bill Theyskens & Dennise Kenck, Co-Chairs
Public Water Now
Monterey Peace and Justice Center
Santa Cruz For Bernie
BUSINESSES & RESTAURANTS
Cindy Walter, co-owner, Passionfish Restaurant, Pacific Grove
Todd & Jordan Champagne, owners, Happy Girl Kitchen, Pacific Grove
Jonah Mohammadi, manager, Happy Girl Kitchen
Lisa Weiman, owner, Peppers, Pacific Grove
Justin Saunders, owner, Dubber's Sports Bar & Grill, Salinas
Joe Augusta, owner, Noodle Bar, Marina & Seaside
Kim Solano, owner, Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing
Charles Higuera, owner, Grove Market, Pacific Grove
Roxanne and Martin, owners, The Wild Goose Café, Carmel Valley
Trish Sullivan, Downtown Book & Sound, Salinas
Dave Grigsby, owner, Kayak Connection, Moss Landing
Brian Ackerman, owner, Whisper Charters, Moss Landing
Mari Lynch Dehmler, owner, Fine Wordworking, Monterey
Gary Munsinger, Wine Trolley / Tours Monterey
Dan Cort, CEO Cort Companies
Chamber Music Monterey Bay
Christopher Palma, owner, Grand Avenue Liquors and Deli
Paul and Johanna Wamscoat, owners, Pavels Backerei
Horace Mercurio, Coffee Mia, Marina
Sara Steiner, San Benito Tea Company
Stan Semmel, owner, Solex/Applied Solar Energy
Eco Carmel, owner, Kristi Reimers
Tillie Gort’s, owner Ranieri Guimaraes
Mark Kaltenbacher, owner, Central Coast Juicery
Julia`s Restaurant, owner,Tony Gerbino
Custom Cuts, owner, Janet Azevedo
Cypress Cleaners, owner Jin and Karen Jung
Imagine Art Supplies, owner, Germain Hatcher
Anne Parker Johnson, owner, Parker-Lusseau Pastries
Bill and Sue Karaki, Taste Cafe
Thamin Saleh, Jennini’s Kitchen & Wine Bar
Amy Hanmer, owner, Holly's Lighthouse Cafe
Will Gibson, Author, Climate Activist
Patrice Vecchione, multi-media arts and poetry
Laura Lockett, owner, Laura Lockett Watercolors
Steve Hauk, owner, Hauk Fine Arts
Germain Hatcher, Owner, Imagine Art Supplies
Alan Masaoka, Masaoka Glass Design, Carmel Valley
Jayson Fann, Artist, Big Sur
Barney Cullen, Owner, Sylvan Design, Marina
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula
Monterey Peninsula Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Fr. Robert Hale, New Camaldoli Hermitage, Social Justice Committee Chair
Pastor Kenneth Murray, Ocean View Baptist Church, Seaside
Fr. Scott McCarthy, Pastor, St. Francis Xavier, Seaside
Ann Marie Sayers, Tribal Chairperson, Indian Canyon
Martin Herrera Native American Chaplain, Salinas Valley State Prison
MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY
"Fracking anywhere near the Salinas Valley’s main water aquifer is a bad idea, unless you feel like gambling with the $4 billion agriculture industry, our county’s largest revenue generator." "When opponents of Measure Z say it would do more than ban fracking, they’re right: It would force the industry to adapt within its existing footprint, treating all of its water and finding a new way to dispose of wastewater. We think that’s a good thing."
MONTEREY BAY PARTISAN
"The bottom line issue addressed by Measure Z is the wastewater that the oil companies now inject into the ground as part of their processes. They say they aren’t hurting anything, but others who have studied the issue closely say it is only a matter of time before the current practices create a contamination crisis in the aquifers that serve the county’s much larger and much more important ag industry."
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Oil Production Could Have Caused Century-Old California Earthquakes
by Annie Sneed, October, 2016
Research indicates a connection between large Southern California earthquakes and deep oil and gas well drilling.
Damage caused by the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. Credit: W.L. HUBER, USGS
"The largest—the 1933 Long Beach earthquake—was magnitude 6.4, killed 120 people and caused $50 million in damage (in 1933 dollars). In every case oil and gas companies had drilled the wells more than a thousand meters down, which was unusually deep for that time period."
"Richard Allen, director of the Seismological Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, says “We need to start recognizing that there's a growing body of evidence that oil and gas production activities can generate large-magnitude, damaging earthquakes. And that's something we should all take very seriously.”
This Can't Be Kansas!
It's Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake
Lorraine Chow, Reporter
A study to be published in Seismological Research Letters next month reports:
"The largest earthquake ever recorded in Kansas—a 4.9 magnitude temblor that struck northeast of Milan on Nov. 12, 2014—has been officially linked to wastewater injection into deep underground wells, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)."
SandRidge Energy refused directives from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to shut down or decrease wastewater injection in order to prevent more earthquakes, only agreeing months later.
'Groundbreaking' Study Links Texas Earthquakes to Wastewater Injection From Fracking
"Wastewater not only puts pressure on underground fault lines, causing "induced" earthquakes, but also pushes up the surface of the ground—a phenomenon called "uplifting" that can be seen from space. Read the report here.
The Seismic Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes
"New research presented at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America (SSA) showed that wastewater disposal wells—deep holes drilled to hold hundreds of millions of gallons of fluid produced by oil and gas wells—is changing the stress on existing faults, inducing earthquakes that wouldn’t have happened otherwise."
In Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Ohio there has been a dramatic increase in earthquakes over the past few years that corresponds with increases in the injection of wastewater in deep disposal wells. Monterey County has 35 wastewater injection wells on top of the notorious San Andreas fault.
Of the factors included in the SSA study: underground disposal of wastewater; development of enhanced geothermal systems; and hydraulic fracturing, wastewater disposal predominates in terms of earthquake size, with magnitudes for a few of the earthquakes exceeding 5.
A study of earthquakes in Ohio concluded that “cooperation among government, industry and the scientific community” to prevent prevent fracking operations in places where there may be known or unknown faults.
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PMC FAQ SHEET
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Q. The TV ads say that Monterey County’s oil companies are overseen by regulations that are the “toughest in the world." Why is a citizens’ initiative needed?
A. Monterey County is one of the few oil producing counties in California that does not have oil and gas regulations. For decades, the County granted “blanket” permits allowing unlimited oil drilling on thousands of acres near the Salinas River. Over time, the density of oil wells has greatly increased. California’s state regulatory agency, the Division of Geothermal Oil & Gas Resources (DOGGR), has provided little regulatory oversight.
In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alerted DOGGR that they have been allowing oil companies to inject wastewater from oil extraction operations into protected aquifers, in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Most of the wastewater injection wells in Monterey County currently violate this federal law.
Q. The oil industry says there is no fracking in Monterey County, so why do we need to ban fracking?
A. Fracking and acid well-stimulation treatments have been used for several years in wells in the Bradley area, near the Salinas River. Monterey County granted permits for these activities in 2008 and 2004. These dangerous drilling techniques are used to extract oil from the Monterey Shale Formation, which underlies a significant part of Monterey County. A rise in the price of oil, a volatile global commodity, will propel expanded drilling operations throughout Monterey County's shale formation, according to the Western States Petroleum Association.
Q. How does the local oil industry compare with other sectors of Monterey County’s economy?
A. According to 2015-2016 Monterey County economic reports, the County’s top economic sectors are agriculture, hospitality, higher education/research, health care, and non-profits. The oil industry is too insignificant even to be mentioned as a contributor to the local economy on the County's economic data pages. The revenue to the county is 0.3% of total.
Q. What about the oil industry’s claim that the initiative will threaten almost 2,000 jobs?
A. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ March 2011 data, Monterey County’s oil extraction industry provides no more than 200 jobs. The oil industry’s claim of 1,941 jobs is hugely inflated and, according to Chevron's own lobbyist, includes jobs at Monterey County’s gas station kiosks.
Q. Will this initiative make Monterey County less energy independent? Will it cause the price of gasoline go up?
A. Oil is a commodity that’s traded on the world market. The price of oil is determined by global production and demand. The oil extracted in Monterey County does not stay in our county. In 2015, oil companies successfully lobbied the U.S. government to lift restrictions on oil exports to allow the price of U.S. oil to move higher.
Q. What if I make money by leasing my land for oil drilling?
A. Revenue from leases to oil and gas companies may turn out to be much less lucrative than promised. In 2015, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy, on behalf of many citizens who claimed to be defrauded after leasing their land for fracking. Additionally, many property owners have surface rights but do not own the mineral rights. This means other people can come onto their property and drill for oil without their permission. Property rights do not allow for harm to neighboring residents or property owners.
Q. Why are regular people trying to write complicated land use laws? Shouldn’t this be left this to the experts?
A. Our Monterey County Supervisors have failed to take action to protect our water, health, and economy. The California initiative process was established more than a century ago for just these kinds of situations. If our elected officials are not doing their job, citizens can use the initiative process to enact laws. Protect Monterey County hired the respected law firm, Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger. They are experts in land use law and have worked with many community groups to write initiatives that have withstood legal scrutiny.
Q. Will the initiative trigger lawsuits that could bankrupt Monterey County?
A. In 2014, the oil industry threatened to bankrupt San Benito County after it passed a citizens’ initiative to ban fracking and high risk oil extraction. San Benito faced a lawsuit in 2015, which was dropped. To date, San Benito County has paid only $684 to defend its citizens’ initiative. Monterey County’s initiative was written by the same attorneys who wrote San Benito’s initiative. The Initiative is based on land use laws, which the courts have historically upheld.
Q. Can’t we ask our elected officials to protect us?
A. Over 1,800 people petitioned Monterey County officials in 2014 to protect their community from fracking and dangerous oil extraction. In response, the Monterey Planning Commission recommended that the County adopt a moratorium on fracking and acid well stimulation, and also draft specific oil and gas regulations like those in neighboring counties. In 2015, after almost a year of lobbying by the oil industry, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors rejected the recommendations of its Planning Commission and failed to enact any protections.