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Water advocates plan another rally against Price Canyon oil drilling

The Price Canyon oil field is seen in 2017. Measure G would ban new oil wells and fracking in unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County.
The Price Canyon oil field is seen in 2017. Measure G would ban new oil wells and fracking in unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

You ran an article by David Sneed (“Environmental group sues California over Price Canyon oil project,” Aug. 4, 2016) about a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity to protect the aquifer (groundwater) from injection drilling in the oil field on Price Canyon. Since that time, there have been some important developments.

The hearing was scheduled for June 1, but it was postponed twice due to attorneys for DOGGR. ProtectSLOWater held a rally on June 15 in support for this important, precedent-setting case. It was attended by more than 70 people and included speeches by San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon, Grover Beach Councilwoman Debbie Peterson and others.

There has been a decision in the Standing Rock case in North Dakota. The judge in that case ruled that the permits authorizing the pipeline were issued without adequately considering the impacts of an oil spill.

You can’t help notice the parallels in the two cases.

The lawsuit filed by the CBD claims that the exemptions were issued without the necessary environmental studies. Without these studies, we can’t be sure that our water will stay safe from contamination.

ProtectSLOWater plans to have another rally at 8 a.m. on the new hearing date, June 29, at 1050 Monterey St.

Cheryl Jenkins, San Luis Obispo

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