Coalition to Protect SLO County
The Coalition to Protect SLO County is a local group whose goal is to protect San Luis Obispo County’s precious resources and diverse economy through the promotion of renewable energy and the prohibition of any new oil wells or fracking in the county’s unincorporated areas. Their plan is to successfully qualify and pass an initiative at the November 2018 election which will prevent the drilling of new oil or gas wells and ban fracking on all the unincorporated lands of SLO County.
Currently the Coalition is looking for community volunteers for signature outreach and collection, especially in North County.
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Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary
ECOSLO proudly supports the designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is now currently reviewing the nomination and surveying the community. Designation as a National Marine Sanctuary could help protect San Luis Obispo’s coastal ecosystems and also promote a healthy, coastal economy.
There is still time to express your interest and this will also help NOAA see that San Luis Obispo is in support of a marine sanctuary designation!
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Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program
The Trump administration has announced plans to open over 90% of America’s coasts to oil, gas, and mineral exploration and development, including our very own San Luis Obispo continental shelf. Offshore drilling is often associated with oil spills that have both huge impacts to coastal wildlife, as well as the economy of coastal communities. ECOSLO strongly opposes this proposal, and encourages you to send comments to BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management). Comments can be simple or elaborate – we just ask that you make your voice heard! For more information about the Offshore Leasing proposal from the government, visit the BOEM website. The deadline to submit your comment is March 8, 2018.
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Protect the Oaks
Justin Vineyards and Winery, a subsidiary of the Wonderful Company, has recently clear-cut hundreds of oak trees and destroyed hundreds of acres of land in an effort to expand its wine-making operation. The Wonderful Company is now the center of a larger discussion about the protections in place for oak trees and our land and water resources.
On June 9, San Luis Obispo County Supervisors issued a stop-work order. Additionally, the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District issued the stop-work order to Estate Vineyards LLC – the owner of Justin’s land.
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Phillips 66 Proposed Rail Spur Project
The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) opposes the Phillips 66 proposal to build a rail terminal at the Santa Maria Refinery that would bring oil trains to this area. We are concerned about the eleven (11) significant and unavoidable (Class 1) environmental impacts identified in the revised draft environmental impact report. Roughly 22,000 individual comments were sent to the County Planning Commission against this project – including 400 that were heard in public testimony. Even the Planning Commission’s own staff has advised denial of this project.
On March 14th the Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to deny the Phillips 66 rail spur proposal!
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Acoustic Seismic Testing
ECOSLO is adamantly against acoustic seismic testing. This is extremely damaging to fragile, coastal ecosystems. There have been two strong attempts made in recent years to conduct seismic testing in the coastal waters of San Luis Obispo County. The California Coastal Commission, along with many citizens and non-profit groups, have taken a stand.
Nuclear Power in Diablo Canyon
ECOSLO is against the continued use of nuclear power generation at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach. There is growing concern among community members, non-profit groups, and state officials about the future of the Diablo Canyon power plant. State lands relicensing, nuclear waste generation, and active fault zones are issues that can no longer be ignored.
PG&E recently announced that it does not seek relicensing with the NRC in 2024, which means that the Diablo Canyon power plant will be closed at that time.