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Posted on November 21 at 4:22 a.m.
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.
On Considering a County Split
Posted on November 21 at 4:19 a.m.
On Gettin' Steamed over SME
Posted on November 17 at 9:18 p.m.
Wow DD, sometimes I wonder if you and I are even talking about the same stretch of freeway . Rather than your observations of unsafe slow to fast lane changes , I have on numerous occasions witnessed just the opposite. I can't tell you how many times I have seen clueless and inconsiderate buttheads radically swerve across two or three lanes of traffic , fast to slow , to barely make the slow lane offramp, cutting people off in the process.. Most often this stupid maneuver is done with no turn signal activated. Now THAT is dangerous. Sorry to disagree with you pro Caltrans guys so much , but I have a deep mistrust of their planning process that goes way back to their needless destruction of Stanley's. Of course that may be a piece of local history lost on some of you newcomers.
On Way More Heat than Light on 101
Posted on November 17 at 4:20 a.m.
Naw , Greenspan , pretty sure you are wrong. First thing you got wrong is that they lady in your story will get off at Olive Mill , not Hot Springs . Regarding the savings issue - you seem to belong to the " if it ain't broke , let's fix it" club. Not tearing existing stuff down to build new stuff saves money. Common Sense has career road builders , engineers and architects that have all studied the proposals and say there are huge savings to be realized . What SBCAG doesn't tell you is that road funds will be exhausted for decades by this project in its current form . We best be looking for ways to save . Have you not witnessed Caltrans huge portfolio of design blunders that have led to bad designs at enormous public expense. I have no horse in the race but have traveled those roads safely for decades and I know for sure Caltrans is very capable of screwing it all up.
Posted on November 16 at 9:30 p.m.
What Greenspan fails to note is that building this section of freeway with Caltrans' current design will effectively dry up road improvement funds for Santa Barbara County for decades. Deferred maintenance is already at or near crisis level with huge backlogs of road / transportation infrastructure in need of work. Why does the opportunity to save $50-60 million not resonate with these people ?
Posted on November 15 at 10:57 p.m.
It seems that feet are planted in sand on both sides and that we are headed for a protracted legal battle on this one. Why the inert Caltrans planning process is so intent on fixing something that ain't broke is beyond me. Common Sense 101 says their plan will save $60 million dollars. In a time of extreme public money constraints , why doesn't $60.000.000 savings resonate with all concerned parties? It is my understanding that if this project is approved the way Caltrans is proposing , that road maintenance /improvement funds will be dried up ( spent) for decades. Pile that problem on top of our existing deferred maintenance crisis and you can see we have some big problems ahead. $60 million saved sounds pretty good to me.
Posted on November 15 at 5:44 p.m.
Poobiter , you are about the only person I have ever heard praise the Chumash Casino as an asset to the community. Also , regarding your wicked little split proposition I can guarantee you that the Santa Ynez Valley folk would not walk the plank to join the north.
On Enviros Successfully Challenge Oil Drilling Project
Posted on November 15 at 3:19 a.m.
Validated , get your facts straight . " Environazi's( listen to Limbaugh much?) ...being able to stop any oil project" . Nobody is stopping this project. SME can meet these standards by employing pollution mitigation practices that will add $1 (one effing dollar) to each barrel produced. Nobody is " stopping" this project and SME still stands to profit handsomely . They might have to get new beemers only every two years instead of one , and skip a few rounds of golf but they will make millions regardless.
Posted on November 7 at 5:48 p.m.
Thank you Mr. Pratt for strategically sidestepping the most important issues regarding your plans. Let's assume that you visit the comments section here to gauge public reaction to your essay. Please assure us that the millions of gallons of water consumed annually will come 100% from recycled sources as your earlier propaganda has insinuated. Also please tell us why you think that the commons ( us) should bear the brunt of 60,000 to 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions so that a select few ( you) can profit from a dirty product not destined for domestic consumption?
On Steaming Toward U.S. Energy Independence
Posted on November 6 at 6:22 a.m.
Thanks to Golding who is doing what investigative reporters used to do back when journalism still mattered. How can our Supervisors justify a thumbs up on this project with all the downside loaded on the public and all the upside ($) being loaded for a few reckless wildcatter oil barons?
On Santa Maria Energy Opposition Is 2,700 Petitions Strong
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