Presentation on theme: "OUR DEAR FRIEND BRUCE ALLEN. LAD HANDELMAN, SOS CO-FOUNDER Commercial fisherman/diver - 10,000 hours underwater from San Diego to Morro Bay Construction."— Presentation transcript:
OUR DEAR FRIEND BRUCE ALLEN
LAD HANDELMAN, SOS CO-FOUNDER Commercial fisherman/diver - 10,000 hours underwater from San Diego to Morro Bay Construction diver/contractor - dams, bridges, oil installations, and biological surveys Ocean environmentalist/aquaculturalist – re-seeding Santa Barbara Channel with abalone; Marine Mammal Consulting Group co-founder (protecting marine wildlife from industrial activities); sea otter activist Community leader – United Boys & Girls Clubs, Outlook Wheelchair Support Group, Maritime Museum, Historical Diving Society, Santa Barbara City College SOS California Co-founder – making a difference through education, reducing ocean and atmospheric pollution
BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE Today Renewables supply less than 11% of USA energy requirements. In year 2040, twenty-five years from now, Renewables are projected to fill 12% of USA requirements. Source: US Energy Information Administration Now % Renewables 12% Renewables 55% Oil & Gas 58% Oil & Gas
AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATION According to the US Energy Information Administration, even by year 2050, renewables will only supply 12% of US requirement. Unless we want nuclear or coal, we are stuck with gas and oil. There is no substitute. California today must import 60% or 1.2 million barrels/day of the 2 million barrels consumed daily - mostly from unregulated alien nations transported by million-barrel pollution-spewing foreign oil tankers. More tankers mean more CO2.
GLOBAL WARMING REDUCED THANKS TO FRACKING Fracking allowed production of huge amounts of natural gas allowing the replacement of coal as the primary source of fuel for US power plant electric generators. Thus CO2 emissions into the atmosphere have been significantly reduced. Source: US Energy Information Administration.
WHAT IS FRACKING? WHY ARE SO MANY SO FEARFUL? I am puzzled. When I investigated, here is what I found. Rock formations which are not naturally fractured prevent oil from flowing through. Fracking allows the oil to flow. This procedure, now making news, is being utilized for this reason in other regions. Our own region’s type of rock, Monterey Shale, is already naturally fractured and therefore has never needed fracking. As fracking would be an unnecessary added expense and offers no advantage, oil producers have no need to frack nor intend to frack. Those spending millions to outlaw fracking begs the question “what’s all this about anyway?” Are there other motives afoot?
POROUS MONTEREY SHALE ALLOWS OIL TO FLOW NATURALLY WITHOUT FRACKING
“SCARE TACTICS AND MEASURE P” SANTA BARBARA NEWSPRESS VOICES - LETTER TO THE EDITOR Friday, August 15, 2014 “The real issue… is that extreme and risky oil will destroy our County, pollute our water and air, increase cancer, birth defects and asthma, and make climate change worse. Measure P is the only thing that will protect us.” Signed, Ms. X
MISINFORMATION - THE REAL CULPRIT Up until year 2006, Santa Barbarans were up in arms about oil- tarred beach pollution, wanting platforms to be pulled out. The monster, Big Oil was to blame… “MISINFORMATION” Then the real culprit was identified… the source of all this beach and atmospheric pollution was in fact Mother Nature, our infamous Natural Seeps – not the platforms. For 40 years, onshore production methods have proven safe and uneventful, utilizing standard acidizing and steam protocols. No changes are necessary nor planned. Suddenly claims about fracking have now created a new monster… “Misinformation”: Is the same scare scenario playing out again?
“P” AMOUNTS TO A BAN ON CURRENT AND FUTURE OIL & GAS PRODUCTION The Santa Barbara County Impact Analysis Report (County Auditor) confirms that none of the proposed oil and gas production wells in Santa Barbara County would use hydraulic fracturing. Yet this initiative would ban all new onshore and gas production in Santa Barbara County by prohibiting every method currently in use in the County to produce oil and gas. All oil and gas in the County is produced by re-injecting heated recycled drilling water or other non-drinkable, brackish water. Since the initiative prohibits both the use of steam or replacing of any substances into an oil or gas well, all future oil and gas production would be banned.
IF MEASURE P GOES FORWARD AND OIL & GAS PRODUCTION IS STOPPED Loss of 1,000 jobs Direct loss of $20 million in property taxes directing affecting schools, fire protection and other vital public services Loss of $291 million to County economy each year (UCSB Economic Impact Study 2013) The question is… WHY? What except fear can possibly justify these losses?
Property Tax Details –New receipts: –Peak Years: –$ 370 million per year (constant 2008 dollars) –Principal Claimants: Schools45 percent Flood Control/Water Conservation: 14 percent County General Fund:23 percent Bond measures:13 percent – County General Fund share of peak Property Taxes: 23 percent of $370 million =$ 85 million Actual PT receipts =$ 118 million Unchallenged Projection by Mark Schniepp Economic Forecast 10/31/2008 Property Tax Details –New receipts: –Peak Years: –$ 370 million per year (constant 2008 dollars) –Principal Claimants: Schools45 percent Flood Control/Water Conservation: 14 percent County General Fund:23 percent Bond measures:13 percent – County General Fund share of peak Property Taxes: 23 percent of $370 million =$ 85 million Actual PT receipts =$ 118 million Unchallenged Projection by Mark Schniepp Economic Forecast 10/31/2008 IF ALL STATE LANDS ARE PRODUCED 12