Update Dec., 6 2014: the hearing on the Modelo Canyon oilfield near Piru that was scheduled for December 16th has been RESCHEDULED. No new date has yet been set. Might be in late January.
More information: http://www.cfrog.org/cfrog_in_action
Citizens For Responsible Oil & Gas (CFROG), Los Padres ForestWatch (LPFW), and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) just decided to appeal a decision of the Ventura County Planning Commission to approve two test wells in Modelo Canyon, despite numerous concerns voiced about impacts to endangered California condors, water pollution, earthquake risk, truck traffic and health impacts to residents of the small rural community of Piru. Full report.
FROM PRESS RELEASE:
THIS IS MODELO CANYON A WILDLIFE CORRIDOR! NO OIL WITHOUT E I R! October 6, 2014 For Immediate Release Conservation Groups File Appeal to Halt Restart of Abandoned Oil Field in Remote Canyon inVentura County.Ventura, Calif. – Three conservation groups today filed an appeal to stop the reopening of an abandoned oil field near the town of Piru, the Los Padres National Forest, and the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. The three groups – Citizens For Responsible Oil & Gas (CFROG)-Los Padres ForestWatch (LPFW) and theCenter for Biological Diversity (CBD), and Citizens – say the Ventura County Planning Commission erred last month when approving two test wells in Modelo Canyon, despite numerous concerns voiced by citizens and experts regarding impacts to endangered California condors, water pollution, earthquake risk, and truck traffic and health impacts to residents of the small rural community of Piru.
The appeal asks the Board of Supervisors to reconsider the decision, and to carefully evaluate the environmental impacts of the two test wells – and the probable reopening of the oil field: – in a full Environmental Impact Report. County planners prepared a less detailed Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project despite the existence of significant environmental impacts, in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act. “When the planning department turns its back on the health complaints of the residents of Piru,we have no choice but to appeal in the name of environmental justice,” said CFROG President,John Brooks.
“The law is clear – the County must evaluate the serious environmental impacts that will occur from adding a network of oil wells, pipelines, roads, tanks, and other infrastructure to support the probable reopening of the oil field in the future,” said LPFW Executive Director Jeff Kuyper.
“We’re disappointed that the County has failed to comprehensively evaluate the impacts of drilling in this remote, environmentally sensitive canyon.”The appeal calls on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to require a thorough environmental study. The appeal will likely be scheduled for a public hearing later this year.
Thanks to Jan D. for the info.!