Fracking in Monterey County?
Two Proposals to Limit It's Impact
From Ed Mitchel
Representing Protect Salinas Valley:
Should the California oil industry be allowed unregulated fracking within the salad bowl of America? During the next 30 years, in the most seismically active oil region in America, could a fracking leak occur and poison the Salinas River?
Protect Salinas Valley, founded by Ed Mitchell, asked those questions in 2011, then began working to define enforcable fracking regulations for this county. Subsequently, PSV drafted a fracking ordinance that prohibits frack wells within the Salinas Valley watershed. The PSV ordinance is based upon the already approved Santa Barbara and San Benito County fracking ordinances with modifications to protect the wine and agriculture industries within the Salinas Valley, whose primary water source is the Salinas River.
After the State legislature did not establish a statewide moratorium on fracking, PSV began conducting outreach to valley and community stakeholders. PSV's goal is that a consortium of stakeholders positively pressures the Board of Supervisors to quickly adopt regulations to protect our communities and our economy from release of toxic fracking fluids. Anyone wishing to add their name to the list of county residents that agree a county fracking regulation is needed, please e-mail Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From a Letter to State Conservation Authorities from
Kevin Collins and Rich Fox
Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club
controversy over the regulation of hydraulic fracturing
and related horizontal boring technologies has
now reached the State of California. This has occurred
after these new oil and gas production technologies
have already been employed extensively in other states
and in Canada over the past few years. This
provides California with the unique opportunity to
learn from mistakes already made in other parts
of North America. Bills are pending in the CA State
Legislature to establish a
The Sierra Club supports such a moratorium to allow for a thorough, independent, and publicly financed survey and analysis of the impacts that hydraulic fracturing has had in other parts of the continent. This is crucial. Instead of allowing a rush to drill new fracking wells, California has the time to establish a regulatory structure that will protect the people and the natural resources of this state. We support this approach and will continue to follow this issue very closely.
Carmel Valley Happenings
DO YOU NEED FOOD?
If you need food,
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)
Is available in Carmel Valley
St. Phillip's Lutheran Church
8065 Carmel Valley Road,
the first Friday of the month from 9 - 10 a.m.
Contact the Food Bank for Monterey County for more information:
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The Truth About Felton
From Food and Water Watch:
Note: CVA hasn't taken a position on the public purchase of CalAm, but we felt our readers would be interested in the experience of nearby Felton. The entire Article is posted on the Public Water Now website.
An Overview of the Successful Public Purchase of the Felton Water System
In 2008, at the request of Felton households, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District purchased the Felton water system from Califo American Water. American Water and other companies have tried to distort this successful public purchase into a warning against municipalization in an attempt to undermine other local buyout efforts. Communities should not heed these corporate scare tactics. Felton has benefited from local, public control of its water services.
Felton Households Are Saving Hundreds of Dollars a Year With Public Control of Their Water Services.
Public ownership has saved Felton households hundreds of dollars a year on their total water costs. In 2011, a typical Felton household paid about $94 a month for water service - $49 a month for 8 ccfs of water and an estimated $45 a month in special taxes to pay for the system purchase.
Prior to the public purchase, California American Water sought rate increases that would have made Felton households pay an estimated $135 a month for the same amount of water in 2011.
So, in total, compared to the company's proposed rates, public ownership saved a Felton household about 30 percent or $500 on total annual water costs including
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