Local Issues

 

 

Protect Price Canyon!

Price Canyon sits on top of an aquifer that is rich in hydrocarbons, but also water and sand.  Using pure water, the hydrocarbon material can be extracted from the ground and separated from the mucky water and sand mixture.  This wastewater is then injected back into the ground.  In order to transport the refined product – via truck – more water must be used to dilute the thick tar.  In essence, it requires 15 barrels of water to produce 1 barrel of oil. This must be stopped, especially given our current drought.

We must protect our dwindling water supplies, our precious air quality, and our quality of life. Protect Price Canyon!

Make your voice known:

Write a Letter

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.

Sign the petition:

Request Oak Protections

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.

Join the community on July 9th for the second annual, county-wide gathering to stop the Phillips 66 Oil Train Terminal Project! Meet at Mitchell Park at 12:30 for a march to the train station!

Make your voice known:

Sign the Petition

The 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!

Support the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

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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.  

Join the movement:

Sign the Petition

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.