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Posted on October 10 at 10 a.m.

That's the problem -- until recently, nobody even knew that oil companies were injecting a cocktail of chemicals into the ground to stimulate well production. So, while the impacts may be uncertain, there is a potential for groundwater contamination and that is why there's a growing call for regulating the practice and requiring public notification.

If an oil company was pumping these chemicals into the ground near your home, wouldn't you want to know about it?

Crystalline silica, quartz
Ammonium salt
Sodium hydroxide
Ammonium chloride
Ethylene glycol
Monoethanolamine borate
Guar gum
Naphtha, hydrotreated heavy
Acetic acid
Acetic anhydride
Methanol
Sulfonate
2,2 Dibromo-3-nitrilopropionamide
2-Monobromo-3-nitrilopropionamide
Sodium persulfate
Hemicellulase enzyme
Amine Salts
Bis-quaternary Methacrylamide Monomer
Fatty alcohol polyglycol ether 9043-30-5 surfactant
Polyquaternary Amine Salt
Quaternary Amine
Quaternary ammonium compounds, bis(hydrogenated tallow alkyl) dimethyl,salts with bentonite
Sodium chloride
Sodium sulfate

These are the ingredients used in the fracking fluid from one of the wells that was fracked in the Los Padres National Forest this summer. This data comes straight from the oil company, as disclosed on the FracFocus website.

On Fracking Near the Forest

Posted on March 28 at 9:28 a.m.

Wow, the Forest Service's comments above make it sound like ForestWatch is one of the most effective organizations around. Kudos to them for protecting our local songbirds, and shame on the Forest Service for playing on people's fears about wildfire.

Here's an idea for the Forest Service -- do your job, stop violating the law, and try to work more cooperatively with the public. After all, these are public lands, and the public has entrusted you with them to do the right thing. I'm glad there are groups like Forestwatch around to keep the Forest Service bureaucracy in check.

On Fuel Break Squabble

Posted on February 29 at 9:03 p.m.

The problem with OHVs is that time and again, bad-apple OHV enthusiasts don't stay on trails as required by law. They leave the trails and their continued illegal trespass creates new trails that cause erosion on steep hillsides, destroy habitat, and scar the landscape. How is the Forest Service going to properly police these new roads and trails and prevent the inevitable OHV trespass, trash, illegal shooting, and wildfire risk that so often accompanies motorized access in remote areas, when the agency does not even have adequate funding to patrol existing OHV areas in the Los Padres? The Forest Service does the best job it can patrolling OHV areas, but the simple fact of the matter is that budget cuts have restricted the agency's ability to properly manage motorized use. Allowing OHVs into new areas under this scenario, as federal budgets continue to dwindle, is just reckless.

On Protecting Los Padres Wilderness — and Dirt Bikes?

Posted on August 16 at 9:56 a.m.

Good riddance! This unauthorized, illegal shooting range has been begging for closure for quite some time. Shot-up appliances left in the creekbed, graffiti, trash, and piles of shotgun shells everywhere - not what one expects to see along a formally designated scenic highway in a national forest. Not to mention the safety hazard posed by the area's proximity to the highway, lead and other pollutants seeping into the creek, and the numerous wildfires caused by careless target shooters in this area. I really appreciate the Forest Service finally closing Cherry Creek -- if folks want to shoot, do it responsibly at the well-managed shooting facility at the Rose Valley Gun Club, just down the road.

On Forest Order Prohibits Recreational Target Shooting in Cherry Creek

Posted on June 30 at 7:41 p.m.

This is great news, one of the main reasons I hike and ride in the forest is to be surrounded by wildlife and wild landscapes - the true essence of freedom. I give the Forest Service credit for doing the best it can to protect the forest, but sometimes we need nonprofit groups to keep 'em real. It's all about checks and balances.

That illegal target shooting area at Cherry Creek is a real mess - trash and household appliances strewn all over the place and leaking who-knows-what into the creek. I'm glad it's closing - hopefully that will drive more people to the Rose Valley Gun Club just down the highway, where things are much better managed.

On Rare Species to Get More Protection in Forest

Posted on June 28 at 9:27 p.m.

Looking at the potential wilderness map, it appears that West Camino Cielo Road would remain outside of wilderness. So motorized access to the radio towers would not be affected. "Waz" seems to be more interested in name-calling than engaging in intelligent conversation.

On Making the Los Padres Even More Wild

Posted on June 23 at 7:34 a.m.

I think this is a great idea. Open space is important to our community, and wilderness will give us much-needed assurance that these lands will remain the same way they are today. I've been visiting wilderness areas (including many right here in our own Los Padres NF) and tracking wilderness issues for years, and wilderness really is a flexible tool to protect public lands, allowing public access and some mechanized uses (such as firefighting) while preserving these lands for our children. I hope all groups involved can continue to work together to make this effort a reality. Nice work!

On Making the Los Padres Even More Wild

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