The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) supports Protect Price Canyon in its opposition of the expansion of aquifer exemptions around the Arroyo Grande Oil Field.
In January of 2017, Sentinel Peaks Resources, a Denver based private energy company, announced that it had acquired Freeport McMoRan’s onshore oil and gas assets. Freeport McMoRan had previously been trying to extend their current permit to operate the oil field and also applied to expand the existing area of the aquifer that is exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Protect Price Canyon seeks to prevent or reduce the expansion of fossil fuel extraction in the area, as well as protect local ground water supplies and air quality. The California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has recommended aquifer exemptions for class II injection wells. The motion is now awaiting approval by the EPA.
On Monday, February 6 2017, a community meeting was held in San Luis Obispo to discuss updates on the status of the aquifer exemptions. The meeting included concerned citizens of Edna Valley and San Luis Obispo County. Another meeting will be held in early-mid March.
On February 13, the EPA approved three aquifer exemptions in Kern County. Currently the Arroyo Grande exemption is still under review by the EPA, and no final decisions have been made. Protect Price Canyon is urging residents to get involved by writing a letter to Governor Brown and the California State Legislature by the deadline of February 28th.
How can you help?
Write a letter! to your local government
– Write a letter to your county supervisor in San Luis Obispo and DEMAND that they vote against this decision. San Luis Obispo County could still say no to the enhanced extraction in Arroyo Grande even in the face of an EPA approval!