Implement Their Goal?


A mailer, paid for by Aera Energy and Chevron, states that "politicians behind Measures A& B want to give themselves new power to implement their goal of shutting down our County's local oil and gas production."

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This statement is an exaggeration.
In November of 2020, the Board of Supervisors voted to impose modern review standards for new oil wells drilled under decades-old permits. But by February of 2021, they were forced to put that decision in the hands of the voters.
A yes vote on Measures A & B would not shut down local oil and gas production. Instead, these measures would ensure, among other things,  that new oil and gas facilities would be subject to CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, instead of bypassing the landmark 1970 law. Currently, many of Ventura County's permits for oil and gas activities were granted before then, and so have never gone through the environmental review required by law now, which creates two standards of review for the 43 oil companies operating in the county. See Ventura County Counsel Impartial Analysis.

Ventura County Counsel Impartial Analysis of Measures A and B

In fact, the goal that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors is: "To effectively and safely manage the exploration, production, and drilling of oil and gas resources in Ventura County."
Aera Energy is owned by ExxonMobil and is the largest onshore producer in Ventura County. As if this writing Aera Energy has contributed $6.5 million to defeat the new standards. Chevron has contributed $750,000.
Abe says, "To borrow a phrase from Samuel Clemens, reports of the death of the county's oil industry are an exaggeration."


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