Just as Pacific Coast Energy Company (PCEC) has applied for its 100th EMERGENCY SEEP CAN to contain oil springing from the ground by its 96 cyclic steam injection wells in the Orcutt Hills, the company is applying for an additional 96 more wells!
Please email the following points, or your own concerns, to the Planning Commission (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday at 6 pm.
And Please come to the hearing in Santa Maria on Wednesday, June 29 at 10:00am to urge the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission to deny the project! The item is expected to come up on the agenda around 10:30-11am.
The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission should DENY the project for the following reasons:
1. The drilling would occur in an area that is already suffering extensive damage from over 100 accidental oil seeps to date. The State predicts at least another 225 seeps in the next 25 years if the Project is approved.
2. Crude oil from the seeps threatens Santa Barbara’s County’s precious resources. If approved, the project will result in a number of significant, unmitigated Class I impacts to Air Quality, Endangered and Sensitive Species , Critical Habitat and Water Quality.
3. The Project site is one of the most biologically rich locations in Santa Barbara County. The Project’s oil seeps would potentially drown the endangered California Tiger Salamanders and destroy some of the rarest and most imperiled plant communities in the world, such as the Southern Bishop Pine forest and the Burton Mesa Chaparrel. It will also have an irreversible impact on endangered Lompoc Yerba Santa plants, found in only 6 locations in the world.
4. The Project is inconsistent with numerous mandatory Comprehensive Plan policies, including policies in the Orcutt Community Plan and Conservation Element.
5. The Project has many remaining unmitigated Class I impacts. The Project does not supply any benefits that will outweigh the potentially substantial and irreversible environmental harm from allowing PCEC to double its cyclic steam drilling operations on Orcutt Hill. Thus, the County cannot legally justify approving the Project with a Statement of Overriding Considerations.
Thank you for taking action to prevent more oil seeps and spills in Santa Barbara County!
To read more go to http://www.sbcountyplanning.org/energy/projects/PCEC.asp.
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