Sunday, April 30, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 40

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Should oil companies be allowed to drill off the coast in SLO County?

Who are we to stand in the way of a company's profits? Drill away!
Yes but we should be sensitive to environmental concerns and only allow a few drilling operations.
No. It's environmentally destructive and the costs of a spill would be disastrous for SLO County.
No. I'd hate to see the view from our beaches spoiled by ugly oil platforms.

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The following article was posted on July 24th, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 52 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [] - Volume 27, Issue 52

To the county supervisors

By Steve Crouch - Paso Robles

Greetings supervisors, I am a lifelong resident of the Paso area, a vineyard manager, and a new homeowner in the Jardine area. I attended the board meeting on July 9 in support for Pro Water Equity, my community, and myself, for I too am an overlier on the Paso Groundwater Basin. I hope now you have a better understanding of the crisis facing the people who depend on the Paso basin for their water.

I disagree with a few of the speakers who represented other groups or other interests. They seem to believe that dry wells and rapid decline of water levels are just isolated incidents. That point of view reminded me of what a well-known winemaker once said: “We have to be careful not to believe in our own BS.”

I believe that vineyards and rural residents can live and share together. As a farmer, I know most farmers are frugal with their resources and care about their neighbors. Unfortunately there are others that want what they want without any regard for others. It is easy to travel around the basin and see many abuses of water.

Water is our precious resource. Supervisors, this is where you come in. We are asking for your help to make expedient steps toward preserving and protecting our water in the Paso Groundwater Basin for all who live there. Thank you for your time and consideration.