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Are we really an oil county? 

Arroyo Grande

Yes, the scene is ever changing for those of us trying to evaluate oil exploration and/or extraction in the Huasna Valley. It is an ever-changing challenge to track down the participants, but there is a message here for the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission, SLO Board of Supervisors, and for the residents of San Luis Obispo County.

What is our county today, and what might it be in the future to be at its best? Our income seems to be from the likes of grapes, tourism, agriculture, retirees, raising families, going to school, and more tourism.

Is that compatible with petroleum extraction? We have seen, heard, and smelled a small amount of that process. Certainly it is not compatible with the current use of Huasna Valley. What about Porter Ranch, the Oak Park area (oil leases are held there, also), Lopez Lake area? I have heard that oil is underneath the Arroyo Grande Cemetery, for that matter.

What about many small independent oil companies changing, exchanging ownership, leaving messes at least too high a percentage of the time, not really regulated (DOGGER may issue permits, but it is by nature for oil production), fracking not regulated, oil companies not reporting the use of all the chemicals they use, it being cheaper to wreck the environment and pay fines than doing things right? Is there even much oil here compared to just about anywhere else oil is being explored? Are we really an oil county? Should we get into that business more than we already are? We already contribute to energy production in other ways with nuclear and solar.

What should the future of San Luis Obispo look like?

What do we want to have to pay for?

Do we want to risk our current successful income sources?

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