Gettin’ Steamed over SME

Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Open Letter to Supervisors Wolf, Carbajal and Farr:

Regarding your recent decision to heavily restrict emissions at the Santa Maria Energy project, you appointed your own planning commissioners, who spent four years and county taxpayer money to hire many experts and assign staff to research this project. They returned with the advice to approve the project. The county taxpayers deserve to know how much money was spent researching this project. You received the best knowledge from all the sources that worked on this project, using large amounts of county taxpayer money. You call your decision a rational, balanced decision.

You must realize how incompetent this looks. President Truman said the buck stops here. What do you really think this looks like? If you are unable to make a clear decision, then you should resign. Your employers, the taxpayers of the county, came to you with an overwhelming and tremendous outcry to approve this project and to go along with your own Planning Commission’s decision.

As history will reflect, this will be the decision that is the turning point for finally separating Santa Barbara into two counties. The time has come for those in the government to begin to listen to the people or get out of government.

The three of you do not represent the residents of the North County. Your main concern was obviously to maintain your reputation as “the birthplace of the ecology movement.” You certainly have maintained your reputations as a totally oblivious group of South County bullies. You had your minds set to cripple this project with the hope that it would just go away. The residents need this project and Santa Maria Energy. We do not need three totally self-indulgent, misinformed politicians.


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I'm curious what percent of the electorate equals 'overwhelming' and 'tremendous'. Must be north county where this is the case?

spacey (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2013 at 1:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I applaud the three supervisors for not rolling over under pressure from Santa Maria Energy Project and their slick p.r. campaign. Supervisors Adam , Lavagnino and people like the Carreaga's know fully well that the approved project will still be very profitable over the life of these 136 new wells.
3000 barrels of oil per day , creating $ 155 million in annual revenues( at today's spot price / likely to rise) makes the $1 million or so in mitigation costs a virtual drop in the bucket . As approved , this SME project will still be allowed 10,000 tons (net)of new pollutants to foul our atmosphere while the investors will still make out like bandits.

geeber (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2013 at 4:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry , that should have read " 10,000 tons of new pollution annually".

geeber (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2013 at 4:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I never those whine grapes in Paso Robles were so sour.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2013 at 7:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

While this project was approved and will carry on, what is shoved under the rug is the loss of revenue to the county as a result of the 10,000 ton limit. There will be no reduction in CO2 but a need by SME to buy cap and trade credits for the excess CO2. Can they buy them locally or from the State of California? NO! So the approximate $650,000 penalty will go to Texas or Oklahoma. So denying local communities this needed revenue is brave and courageous? While we need to reduce our greenhouse gas and learn to live more eco friendly, oil is a ugly necessity. Imported oil is uglier.

naglerr (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2013 at 7:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am pretty sure that was just rain yesterday and not an entirely falling sky.

Less See-Oh-Too in the atmosphere of Texas is still the atmosphere of Santa Barbara County.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2013 at 8:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So the approximate $650,000 penalty will go to Texas or Oklahoma.
-- naglerr

The Earth is a closed system and the atmosphere is not a static blanket. So in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really care where the reduction in carbon comes from.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2013 at 10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ahhh yea, name calling and personal attack is such an effective business strategy, M&M Careaga......and oh so classy.......

whosecityisthis2012 (anonymous profile)
November 22, 2013 at 1:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

THANKS to Wolf, Carbajal, and Farr for their action on SME. Now if only Salud would quit caving to the moneybags of Montecito 101 (end the stupid left-side on/off ramps) and the Sta Ynez Tribe about fee-to-transfer.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2013 at 10:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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