On November 12, 2013 the Santa Barbara County Supervisors voted to require a massive, energy-intensive oil project (the Santa Maria Energy project) to offset the majority of their greenhouse gas emissions. They cited the large number of petitions and letters they received opposing the project as a factor.
If you contacted your district supervisor or signed our petitions, thank you. You made a difference.
If applied to future projects and made into local law, the impact of this decision in a shale oil region like ours would be monumental.
Please thank Doreen Farr, Janet Wolf and Salud Carbajal for their vote and ask them to do two things:
1. Make the 10,000 mtCO2 mitigation standard county law so that all future projects are subject to it – not just Santa Maria Energy.
2. Set up a local carbon offsets program to keep the money used for these programs within our local economy.
You can find their email contacts here:
Keep up the good work.
350 Santa Barbara Team