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Ordinance Prohibiting Certain Petroleum Operations
Santa Barbara County
Initiative ordinance - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 42965 / 38.78% Yes votes ...... 67838 / 61.22% No votes
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Shall the ordinance amending Santa Barbara County's Comprehensive Plan and County Code -- to prohibit on all lands within the unincorporated County, with certain exemptions, the construction or use of any facility, appurtenance, or aboveground equipment supporting certain petroleum operations, including but not limited to: hydraulic fracturing; acid well stimulation; or aiding hydrocarbon flow into a well by injecting water, natural gas, steam, air, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, chemicals or other substances -- be adopted?
If approved by a majority of the voters voting thereon, Measure P would, upon becoming effective:
1. Where it applies, generally prohibit the "development, construction, installation, or use" of any facility or aboveground equipment "in support of" what it defines as "High-Intensity Petroleum Operations," including:
● "Well Stimulation Treatments," which Measure P defines as "designed to enhance oil and gas production or recovery by increasing the permeability of the formation," including but not limited to hydraulic fracturing treatments and acid well stimulation treatments; and/or
● Operations where the flow of hydrocarbons into a well are aided or induced by "introduction or injection of" water, natural gas, steam, air, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, chemicals, or any other substance. Measure P states that examples of this include: "waterflood injection," "steam flood injection," and "cyclic steam injection;"
2. Apply to land uses in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County "in support of all onshore exploration and onshore production in the County's unincorporated area," but not apply to onshore facilities that support offshore exploration or production from offshore wells;
3. Provide exemptions, where the general prohibition described above otherwise would:
● Violate the constitution or laws of the United States or the State of California; or
● Constitute an "unconstitutional taking of property;" or
● Apply to a person or entity that has obtained, as of Measure P's effective date, a "vested right" pursuant to State law to conduct what Measure P defines to be "High-Intensity Petroleum Operations."
In applying these exemptions, Measure P: generally states how the Board of Supervisors may grant a limited exception to avoid an "unconstitutional taking of property," does not state a County process for considering and applying the other two exemptions, but states that the Board of Supervisors may adopt implementing ordinances to further Measure P's purposes; and
4. Act through:
● Itself amending parts of the County's: Comprehensive Plan; Land Use and Development Code; Coastal Zoning Ordinance; and Petroleum Code; and
● Directing the County to further amend County plans, ordinances and policies to ensure consistency with Measure P.
State law expressly regulates and/or approves certain oil and gas production methods statewide, while Measure P generally would prohibit land uses in support of some of those methods in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County, including: "well stimulation treatments," "waterflood injection," "steamflood injection" and "cyclic steam injection." (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §§ 1714, 1724.6, 1761, 1780-1788.) Concerning any potential effect of State law on it, Measure P: states the exemptions in numbered paragraph 3 above; directs that it be interpreted "so as to be consistent with all applicable Federal, State and County laws, rules and regulations;" and provides that if a court holds part of Measure P invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining parts of Measure P shall remain valid.
/s/ Michael C. Ghizzoni County Counsel
|Arguments For Measure P2014||Arguments Against Measure P2014|
|Santa Barbara County needs Measure P to protect against
extreme oil extraction techniques like fracking, steam injection
and matrix acidization. These processes can contaminate our
water, endanger our families' health and increase the risk of
Measure P protects our health and natural resources without cutting existing jobs or threatening our county's current tax revenue.
Contrary to what opponents may claim, Measure P does not ban conventional oil drilling or affect existing lawful oil and gas operations. Nor does it prohibit operators from conducting routine well maintenance activities. Instead, it protects us against extreme techniques that can waste and pollute our drinking water, increase the risk of cancer, asthma and other illnesses, and generate significant air pollution and carbon emissions that worsen climate change.
MEASURE P WILL PROTECT OUR WATER: The extraction techniques that Measure P bans--fracking, steam injection and matrix acidization--use enormous amounts of water and turn it into hazardous waste that can contaminate drinking water and farmland. During extreme drought conditions, we must conserve our water for our homes and agriculture, not waste and pollute it.
MEASURE P WILL PROTECT OUR HEALTH: The toxic chemicals used in these techniques have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects and infertility. Children are at special risk for asthma and other respiratory ailments. Allowing these dangerous techniques poses an unacceptable risk to our families.
MEASURE P WILL PROTECT OUR AIR: These processes dramatically increase air pollution, and generate much higher greenhouse gas emissions than conventional methods. Measure P will allow us to keep producing energy while protecting our communities and natural resources.
Protect our water. Protect our health. Protect our air. Preserve Santa Barbara's natural beauty, at no cost to our economy. Vote YES on Measure P.
The undersigned authors of the argument in favor of Ballot Measure P2014 at the Consolidated General Election for Santa Barbara County to be held on November 4, 2014 hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.
/s/ Das Williams, Assemblymember
/s/ Terri Zuniga, Santa Maria City Councilmember
/s/ Tom Shepherd, Shepherd Farms, Former President SB County Farmers Market Assoc.
/s/ Lauren Hanson, Vice President Goleta Water District Board, Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board
Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter /s/ David Gold, Chair
There is no hydraulic fracturing in Santa Barbara County.
However, Measure P is so broadly written that it would ban
common oil and gas production techniques used in 100% of the
active wells in Santa Barbara County.
MEASURE P WOULD CREATE THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL
LIABILITY IN COUNTY HISTORY.
"[T]he County of Santa Barbara would be on the hook financially
for all legal [takings] claims with no insurance".
The County's liability to owners whose mineral rights would be violated by P is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars. And, without insurance, the County and taxpayers could face drastic reductions in vital public services, or unprecedented tax increases.
MEASURE P WOULD REQUIRE SPENDING MILLIONS ON
Maintaining the quality of Santa Barbara County's air, water, and public health is important to all of us. What's needed is a balanced approach, not Measure P, which is flawed, drastic, and would be extremely costly to residents throughout Santa Barbara County.
Please Vote NO on P.
The undersigned authors of the rebuttal to the argument in favor of Ballot Measure P2014 at the Consolidated General Election for Santa Barbara County to be held on November 4, 2014 hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.
/s/ Dr. James Boles, UCSB Professor Emeritus, Earth Sciences
/s/ Richard Russell, 3rd Generation Family Farmer, Cuyama Valley
Santa Barbara County Firefighters Local 2046 /s/ Tyler Gilliam, Vice President
/s/ Riccardo Magni, 2012 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year
Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association /s/ Don Oaks, President
Measure P is yet another example of a poorly written, flawed and costly ballot initiative. Measure P would result in an entire industry shutting down in our County, hurting thousands of families.
Measure P would shut down oil and gas production.
Measure P would put the County at risk for hundreds of millions or more in legal damages.
We need a balanced approach to meeting our energy needs that includes continuing local energy production under our state's strict environmental laws, and developing renewable energy resources.
We should allow our local oil and gas industry to continue operating under strict regulations, rather than shutting it down and importing more foreign oil from countries with little or no regulations.
Please Vote NO on P.
The undersigned authors of the argument against Ballot Measure P2014 at the Consolidated General Election to be held on November 4, 2014, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.
/S/ Dr. James Boles, UCSB Professor Emeritus, Earth Sciences
/S/ Richard Russell, 3rd Generation Family Farmer, Cuyama Valley
Santa Barbara County Firefighters Local 2046 /s/ Tyler Gilliam, Vice President,
/S/ Riccardo Magni, 2012 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year
Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association /s/ Don Oaks, President
The undersigned authors of the rebuttal to the argument against Ballot Measure P2014 at the Consolidated General Election for Santa Barbara County to be held on November 4, 2014, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.
/s/ Marty Blum, Former Mayor of Santa Barbara
/s/ Warner McGrew, Former Santa Barbara City Fire Chief
/s/ Steve Beckmen, General Manager, Beckmen Vineyards
/s/ Susan Epstein, Goleta School Board
/s/ Stan Roden, Former Chamber of Commerce President Former District Attorney
|Full Text of Measure P2014|
|The full text of Measure P2014 can be found at http://sbcvote.com/Elections/UpcomingElections.aspx under "Local Measure Information".|