Shut Down Oil and Gas?
In a letter to the editor to the Star, a writer claims that if Measures A and B pass in the June election, they will shut down oil and gas production in Ventura County.
This is not true.
Measures A and B are referendums that were brought forth last year by AERA Energy to try to overturn amendments to the county coastal and non-coastal zoning ordinances. These two amendments were passed in 2020 by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, and would apply the same environmental review to antiquated permits as is applied to all other oil and gas permits that were granted after 1970 in the county.
Other oil and gas operations in the county already undergo environmental review that is required by the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, which was signed into state law in 1970 with a signature from then-Governor Ronald Reagan. This environmental review protects resources, such as water and air, and mitigates any significant impacts there may be to them.
However, there were permits governing oil and gas production granted before the passage of CEQA, and they have never undergone environmental review that would protect people from adverse impacts from drilling.
AERA Energy is one of the largest producers of oil and gas in the state, and has contributed $6.5 million to defeat Measures A and B.
Abe says, "How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg."