Stating their concerns over water, health, and climate change, supervisors Janet Wolf and Salud Carbajal today endorsed Measure P, the controversial county proposal to ban new fracking, acid well stimulation, and cyclic steam injection practices.
“After carefully considering the issue, I have decided to support Measure P because I believe it is important for our county to continue to take leadership in the transition to alternative forms of energy and in addressing the serious issue of global climate change,” said Supervisor Carbajal, who is a member of President Obama’s task force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. “As has been clarified by the implementing ordinances enacted by our Board of Supervisors this past Tuesday, Measure P would allow existing oil operations and all new conventional oil production to continue while mitigating the air quality impacts and public health risks associated with new high intensity oil development.”
Supervisor Wolf agreed: “Over the past several years, our Board of Supervisors has adopted many policies to support the county’s goal of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and use of fossil fuels. My endorsement of Measure P is based upon my commitment to those policies — including the ‘Climate Action Strategy Guiding Principles’ adopted in 2009 with a goal of ‘reducing pollution to improve public health’ and ‘reducing countywide greenhouse gas emissions.'”
The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara also announced its support for Measure P this week, said Katie Davis, head of the measure’s main proponent group, the Water Guardians.