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Re: “Yes on G

Mr. Timewell, you are half correct in your Myth/Fact lineup, but unfortunately half the truth is a whole lie... I'll help you get the other half.

1) Measure G doesn't immediately shut down the oil field; HOWEVER, oil fields naturally decline. Due to this, within a very short time frame it will likely be uneconomic to produce from the Arroyo Grande oil field. As a result, the oil field would be then shut down. Why? Because of Measure G.

2) Counties that successfully banned fracking have no fracking. The courts in Measure Z did not uphold fracking, they declined to rule on it because there is NO FRACKING IN THAT COUNTY. What they did rule on was that the rest of Measure Z was not legal. The county did not pursue further legal action because the costs were too high.

3) Gas prices - no disagreement. The question I have is WHO CARES WHERE THEY SELL THE OIL? It's the tax revenue that matters. If everything produced in SLO county should stay in SLO county, your agriculture argument goes out the window. Nobody is dictating where you sell your wine. Why should you get to dictate where they sell their oil?

Questions for you:
What makes drilling at Arroyo Grande extreme?
What is the technical explanation that supports that there will be fracking in the county?
If there is an answer to the previous question, why aren't companies fracking now?
If you want more drinking water, why not limit wine production, as it takes an estimated 375 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of wine? Why single out one industry?

On the article you posted:
Did you notice that the study areas are NOT IN CALIFORNIA? That's because there is very little fracking CA, because it's not needed...

Enjoy your low heating bill this winter.

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Posted by Voice Of Reason on 08/20/2018 at 11:52 AM

Re: “More stupidity on the way

This is like the 6:00 news where a snippet is picked out of a story to get the storyteller's point across. I guess it's not important that the USA is getting unfair deals by many countries and now someone is actually trying to do something about it vs. just sit on their hands and doing nothing. In the short-term there may be some consolidations but in the long term I hope that we have much better trade deals with all countries, which will help the entire country. I guess time will tell, but to me stupidity is letting the USA get ripped off every day.

Posted by Gary Maier on 08/19/2018 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Yes on G

Fracking is Destroying America's Water Supply - Read all about it...

https://thinkprogress.org/fracking-is-dest…

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 08/17/2018 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Say no to fracking in SLO County

Fracking and Oil Extraction "Produced Water" waste - how much water do we want to waste in SLO County? Do we all want to buy more water from the state and pay for additional infrastructure to support county water distribution? When YES on G folks say "Protects our Economy" they not only mean helping protect our primary sources of tax and business revenue: Tourism, Agriculture, and Property Values - they also mean protecting our water and helping prevent the need to fix industrial accidents by limiting oil expansion. Say NO to Wasting Water - VOTE YES on G.

WASTE WATER... One way to think of it is literally in terms of a waterfall of toxic waste. "One of the things I think we can lose sight of is just how much produced water we are creating which is more on a per day basis than Niagara Falls has going over it in an hour," Joel Mack, an attorney at Latham & Watkins, a firm which represents oil and gas companies,

https://www.ecowatch.com/fracking-wastewat…

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 08/17/2018 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Yes on G

Myths about Measure G (paid for by Big Oil) -- Get ready for a flood of misinfomation as Big Oil spends big on slick mailers, polls, and commercials (and pays professional "marketers" reply to letters to the editor) to scare you about Measure G. Big Oil cant win on the facts, so instead it will attempt to create confusion about Measure G.

Myth: Measure G will shut down the entire oil industry in SLO County.

Fact: This is plainly false as Measure G protects all current oil jobs and tax revenue by allowing existing operations to continue. (See Sec. 2 B & C of Measure G).

Myth: Measure G will bankrupt the County with millions in legal fees.

Fact: Big Oil is trying to intimidate us by threatening to sue if Measure G passes. Six other California counties have banned fracking or stopped new oil drilling projects and those bans have all been backed up in court. Monterey Countys Measure Z, passed by 57% of voters in 2016, banned fracking and wastewater injection wells. A judge ruled the fracking ban was constitutional but that injection wells could not be regulated by the County. While the case is being appealed, Monterey County did not go bankrupt and in fact its overall budget grew during the same period. SLO Countys Measure G does not include an injection well ban.

Myth: Measure G will increase local gas prices.

Fact: Big oil is wrong again as the oil drilled in our county is sent to refineries across California and then sold on an international market.

Top Reasons to Vote YES on Measure G:
Led by local citizens concerned about the water and economy of SLO County, over 20,000 voters signed to place Measure G on the November 2018 ballot to ban fracking in our county.

G Protects our Water: Bans fracking and new extreme oil drilling projects on SLO County lands. Measure G would prevent the drilling of 481 new oil wells in the Price Canyon oil field that would generate toxic wastewater and air pollution. The drilling and wastewater could contaminate local aquifers that provide drinking water to our cities.

G Protects our Economy: Drought is the new normal and our groundwater resources are more precious than ever. Agriculture and tourism annually contribute $4 billion and 40,000 jobs to SLO County. Our vibrant economy depends on reliable and safe groundwater.

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 08/17/2018 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Say no to fracking in SLO County

Myths about Measure G (paid for by Big Oil) -- Get ready for a flood of misinfomation as Big Oil spends big on slick mailers, polls, and commercials to scare you about Measure G. Big Oil cant win on the facts, so instead it will attempt to create confusion about Measure G.

Myth: Measure G will shut down the entire oil industry in SLO County.

Fact: This is plainly false as Measure G protects all current oil jobs and tax revenue by allowing existing operations to continue. (See Sec. 2 B & C of Measure G).

Myth: Measure G will bankrupt the County with millions in legal fees.

Fact: Big Oil is trying to intimidate us by threatening to sue if Measure G passes. Six other California counties have banned fracking or stopped new oil drilling projects and those bans have all been backed up in court. Monterey Countys Measure Z, passed by 57% of voters in 2016, banned fracking and wastewater injection wells. A judge ruled the fracking ban was constitutional but that injection wells could not be regulated by the County. While the case is being appealed, Monterey County did not go bankrupt and in fact its overall budget grew during the same period. SLO Countys Measure G does not include an injection well ban.

Myth: Measure G will increase local gas prices.

Fact: Big oil is wrong again as the oil drilled in our county is sent to refineries across California and then sold on an international market.

Top Reasons to Vote YES on Measure G:
Led by local citizens concerned about the water and economy of SLO County, over 20,000 voters signed to place Measure G on the November 2018 ballot to ban fracking in our county.

G Protects our Water: Bans fracking and new extreme oil drilling projects on SLO County lands. Measure G would prevent the drilling of 481 new oil wells in the Price Canyon oil field that would generate toxic wastewater and air pollution. The drilling and wastewater could contaminate local aquifers that provide drinking water to our cities.

G Protects our Economy: Drought is the new normal and our groundwater resources are more precious than ever. Agriculture and tourism annually contribute $4 billion and 40,000 jobs to SLO County. Our vibrant economy depends on reliable and safe groundwater.

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 08/17/2018 at 7:40 AM

Re: “New columnist?

I agree. This was very well written!

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Posted by Martha Karen on 08/16/2018 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Say no to fracking in SLO County

Measure G is PREVENTING a problem we do not want to have. Have you heard the term "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" The Feds are opening their lands to fracking in SLO County at the request of oil companies. Kern County is covered with fracking. Monterey had to get a Federal Court order to prevent it in 2013.

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Posted by Charles Varni on 08/16/2018 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Say no to fracking in SLO County

Nobody is fracking in SLO county. This is an attempt to fix a problem that doesn't exist.

If you are worried about the No on G lobbyists, watch out for the Yes on G Lobbyists. I posted a comment pointing out an inaccuracy in their opinions on their Facebook page. Guess what happened? THEY DELETED IT!

I encourage everyone to talk to experts. That doesn't mean environmental lobbyists or oil lobbyists. Sort through the bias and don't let ridiculously biased letters like this one sway your opinion. Do your own research and get specific!

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Posted by Voice Of Reason on 08/16/2018 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Yes on G

The losers will also be the local taxpayers. Why?

1) The oil companies will likely take the county to court. Monterey County experienced this and had to spend millions.

2) This would be considered a "taking" of the value of the property. The oil companies may not be able to produce, but if that is so then county would have to compensate the oil companies for the fair market value of what they are taking.

3) There are varying figures out there regarding how much in taxes will be lost. Regardless, THERE WILL BE A LOSS in tax revenue.

So how do you make up for this? Increase taxes on everyone else.

I'm all for the environment, but I prefer to take action in my own life instead of forcing compliance on some at everyone's expense.

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Posted by Voice Of Reason on 08/16/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “What's up with Caltrans?

The minimal amount of work and energy that has been put into making highway 41 safe over the last 30 years is disturbing. For a state with one of the largest economies in the world it is extremely disappointing to me that CA wastes billions of dollars every year just paying government debt but we can't find the money to fix what has been known as "Blood Alley" for decades. Over the last few years they have made some attempts and it has gotten better, but still much more needed to make the road safe and WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG?? We all need to hold the state more accountable for their spending on infrastructure and other major functions.

Posted by Gary Maier on 08/16/2018 at 11:19 AM

Re: “What's up with Caltrans?

Totally agree.

Here's the one that's bugged me. The Y at 41 and 46, near Cholame. That spot has been deadly for decades, but instead of fixing that, they pave the triangles in the 101 off ramps through Atascadero?

Who decides what cal trans works on?

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Posted by Ian Tanner on 08/16/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “What's up with Caltrans?

What about the Los Osos Valley Road overpass? What a waste! When they originally built it circa mid 80's I remember thinking that they should have made the bridge much wider and they'll soon be back. Guess what, they should have and they did. How much did they spend this time to widen the bridge? I don't know, but I'm sure it was in the tens of millions or maybe hundreds of millions. During construction they worked on the off-ramp from the north and, for some unknown reason tore up the road completely, dug a big hole, and constructed this piece of concrete that currently lies under the road that was basically the size of a large school bus. No one knows what that is for then they didn't change the ramp one bit! Why didn't they create a right-hand turn lane when coming from the south? It's obvious that they don't really want traffic to flow too quickly as those who want to turn right are backed up sometimes hundreds of feet awaiting for those who want to turn left to move. Additionally, the on-ramp heading south is no un-natural that most people don't spend the energy to stay within the lines so the lines are basically worn away and non-existent at this time. I heard that CA spends 5x times more money per mile then TX, but we're not getting our money's worth. Guess what, that $5B gas tax should help fix things, right?

Posted by Gary Maier on 08/16/2018 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Forest management is the culprit

Dumb, both of you. And wrong.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 08/13/2018 at 1:01 PM

Re: “The cost of college is unrealistic

There are several countries that pay for college, not only for its citizens, but sometimes for anyone, including also for living expenses. If Slovenia can do it, we can.

Of course, the warmongers want to keep burning money in the pit of hell they support. We need to take control from the idiots who trade the well-being of our people for more rockets, bombs, and bullets.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 08/13/2018 at 12:59 PM

Re: “It's the sunshine, stupid

It's revealing that many people in this "welcoming" city consider their aesthetic preferences to be more important than providing people with places to live. We should truly welcome new neighbors instead of displacing people through economic segregation.

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Posted by ra237 on 08/12/2018 at 6:19 PM

Re: “The cost of college is unrealistic

You cannot talk about the cost of college in 1961 without looking at the overall cost of living. In 1961, my wage as an RN was only $2.25/hr and the minimum wage was $1.15/hr. My father and husband brought home $75.00/wk. My parents mortgage payment was $75.00/mo and included a death benefit. My fellow high school graduates went to Junior College and Universities without any federal aid. I am guessing Teachers and Professors were earning about $4.50/hr if you calculated their salaries in that manner.
Costs have climbed to a breaking point but fleecing taxpayers is not the answer.
Paying a percent of earnings on their educational loans lets individuals pay off loans with fewer defaults.

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Posted by Gail Lightfoot on 08/12/2018 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Life is about choices

I could not have stated that any better. Thanks for taking the time to present this point of view.

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Posted by Dee Marie on 08/09/2018 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Fake news

Laughable.

Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 08/04/2018 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Sad

Is August Salemi a US citizen? Does he have an IQ?

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Posted by jay 1 on 08/02/2018 at 10:54 PM

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