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Posted on September 17 at 11:53 a.m.
Thanks for your attention, Sherriff Thomas.
On Measure P: Who’s Scaring Whom?
Posted on September 16 at 7:49 p.m.
to Sheriff Thomas; I'm not against oil and gas as a product.
I experienced first hand Venoco's and Mobil's responses when they had major gas releases. No contrition whatsoever. Haranguing attorneys in the APCD meetings. Sandbagging. No honest acceptance that they had done something wrong. If there is over-regulation, it is mostly a response to those companies (and others) not being stand-up guys. I think the same can be said of Union Oil and the huge Santa Barbara oil spill from Platform A in 1969.
I think the way out of a litigious society is to accept responsibility and strive to do better. Institutions that hire lawyers to defend their bad behavior are the problem and not the solution. That oil and gas are a crucial national resource only compounds the impact of local oil and gas' poor local behavior. Patriotic duty should make them more honest and better, not less.
If I were a business owner and all my colleagues in the same business had behaved as deplorably as the oil and gas industry in Santa Barbara County, I'd mainly work with those other business owners to behave better. I wouldn't rush out to sue people who were responding to the poor behavior of other business owners.
If I were the local oil industry, I'd accept that fracking the Monterey Shale is still not fully worked out. My understanding is proper sealants are not worked out yet. I'd argue for one or two special demonstration projects and work like a maniac to make sure those were pristinely executed. And if things went wrong, like, new seepage from nearby the tracking, I'd honestly and forthrightly discuss it.
When steam injection started at Platform Holly in the early 1970's a huge new seep opened up. I still remember, but Venoco never brings that up. For me, honesty on their part would have made me trust them. Sandbagging does just the opposite.
Posted on September 15 at 8:15 p.m.
Thank you Sheriff Thomas. Perhaps it was the 1969 oil spill that created the difficulties for subsequent oil production in Santa Barbara County.
My recollection is that zoning efforts backed by votes of the people got the chicken farms, pig sties, and slaughterhouses separated from residential areas. Those were legal and legitimate businesses too, but they faced compliance with zoning to eliminate the stench from their operations.
The deeper problem with the oil industry is that they don't openly and honestly accept responsibility for the consequences of their activity. For years Platform Holly and the Ellwood Processing facility have released terribly smelling and dangerous H2S and other sulfurous compounds. In every meeting Venoco sandbags and refuses to face up to their responsibilities.
Sheriff Thomas, if you can convince oil companies to act like we all hope good citizens should act, I could vote against Measure P. But when they resort to legal threats, I'm reminded of kids on the streets of IV who threaten deputies with their rich Hollywood parents' fancy lawyers.
Posted on September 14 at 8:46 p.m.
I have great respect for former Sheriff Jim Thomas as law enforcement professional.
My memories of our shores after the 1969 spill are stronger than his words on a subject far from his expertise, however. Union Oil simply lied (according to the workers on Platform A) and our shores were horribly polluted as a consequence.
I said then `Never Trust the Oil Industry'. I never will, not in 45 years or 450 years. Never means never for me.
It is oil producers' free choice to sue. They can choose to respect the will of the voters in this county. Or, they can choose to punish us by filing lawsuits. If they do so, they are costing taxpayer $, and disrespecting all of us who don't want to go through 1969 again.
Posted on September 12 at 9:11 a.m.
Many of the 64 injuries were very serious… I know someone, a very nice young lady, who lost her forearm and hand due to a wrong-way driver colliding with her (safely and legally operating) vehicle. She and her driver were not inebriated, just driving home in the evening. I think the driver was killed.
Way more people were injured or killed by these incidents than have been injured or killed by bicyclists around here. And yet these boards (and Frank Hotchkiss) point the finger at bicyclists for being careless and dangerous.
As always, they find the speck in the eye of the bicyclists while ignoring the plank in their own eye.
On Caltrans Examines Wrong-Way Collisions
Posted on September 7 at 3:18 p.m.
What is stopping you, AutoCoalition, from implementing your desire to live on an oil well? Put your actions where your rhetoric is.
On A Businessman’s Perspective on Measure P
Posted on September 7 at 1:44 p.m.
If Allen's drivers are exceeding the speed limit, they are merely following the instructions of AutoCoalition, who does not favor the following of the law by auto drivers.
If AutoCoalition were truly serious about having gas and oil extraction everywhere, he'd have a well in his bedroom, toilet, and bathroom; he favors oil extraction everywhere. But of course he does not have oil extraction there, because he favors restrictions on oil extraction to suit *his* convenience, but nobody else's convenience.
Posted on September 6 at 10:06 p.m.
14noscams: ``sevendolphins: "The only `us versus them' attitude is on the part of auto drivers" 8:45 am - incredible hypocrisy is your "us v them" comment.'' 4:25pm - The stupendous hypocrisy is your "us v them" comment.
The drivers in the Okerblom, Payne, and Hamlin cases were given years of probation and paid restitution.
No car drivers or pedestrians have been killed by cyclists. Quite a few cyclists have been killed by car drivers. 20% of people ride bikes; the violations by car drivers in not signaling lane changes alone dwarf all cyclist violations.
All vehicle operators, both cyclists and car drivers, should obey the law.
The car drivers here never urge car drivers to obey the law.
On Please Don't Kill Me; I'm Just Riding My Bike
Posted on September 6 at 12:42 p.m.
nomoresanity, it is your choice to not agree that careless drivers killed Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Eric Okerblom, Kendra Payne, and Jim Hamlin here in Santa Barbara County. Law enforcement disagrees with you.
Most people would categorize your disagreement as a state of denial.
There is no Bike Cult. That is a figment of your imagination. I love to drive a car too.
I see way, way more cars blowing through stop signs and red lights (particularly when making right turns) than I see bikes doing so.
Jarvis Jarvis, about 15% of the population doesn't even drive cars. 20% of the population bikes. 0.000001% of 0.005% is 0.00000000005%. Your numbers are way off.
The actual measure A tax is 0.5%, not 0.005%. 20% of 0.5% is 0.1%. Cyclists would be delighted if 0.1% of sales tax went to cycling.
Posted on September 6 at 8:45 a.m.
Everybody pays the 1/2 percent sales tax in Santa Barbara County for transportation, mostly spent on auto improvements… not just auto drivers.
The great majority of the 20% of the population who bicycles also drive and pay gas taxes.
The only `us versus them' attitude is on the part of auto drivers, who think their special interests are supreme and don't want any compromises. Cyclists for the most part do everything they can to avoid the lethal behavior of auto drivers, and are delighted at any friendly gesture from an auto driver, and generally cooperate and compromise.
It was careless auto drivers who killed cyclists Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Eric Okerblom, Kendra Payne, and Jim Hamlin here in Santa Barbara County. I'm not aware of a single death of a pedestrian or a car driver due to a cyclist.
Not once have I heard or read of a single auto driver who states responsibility for obeying traffic safety laws; constantly I see auto drivers running stop signs, not stopping prior to making right turns and cutting off cyclists, swerving into the bike lane, changing lanes without signaling, speeding, opening the driver side door into traffic, and pulling out into the street without looking. The number of violations I've seen by auto driver greatly exceeds that of bicyclists.
Everyone, both cyclists and auto drivers, should obey the law.