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  1. Walt Taylor
    Friday, August 29th, 2014

    What Measure P Actually Says
    There has been a lot of statements in the press recently saying that measure P will shut down all local oil production. Many voters have not read Measure P so I am going to quote section 5.c of Measure P: 
       “ The provisions of this Initiative shall not be applicable to any person or entity that has obtained, as of the Effective Date of this initiative, a vested right, pursuant to State law, to conduct a High Intensity Petroleum Operation.”  That means existing operations are not affected by measure P.  Read the text yourself on the VoteYesOnP.org website, read section 5 and see for yourself if existing operations are exempt.
    Why do we see these deceptive statements? Because big money interests want to scare us about losing jobs and tax revenue. Opponents of Measure P know they can’t argue the water use, pollution, or the climate effects. We don’t want the risks of thousands of new wells, please take a stand, and consider that oil is about 1% of our economy and Measure P won’t change that.
    Santa Barbara County Council Mike Ghizzoni was asked about this. He cited the landmark California Supreme Court case, Avco Community Developers vs. South Coast Regional Commission. He applied the Avco standard to the Measure P and concluded current production will be allowed to continue.
    Statements to the contrary involve twisting words and taking statements out of context by those paid to promote the agenda of the oil and gas industry.

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  2. John
    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

    Everyone should just google the text of measure P and read section 5 it will be very clear that it does not shut down existing production, quite the opposite. These statements sir. Lee scare tactics to deceive the voters on behalf of the oil and gas industry

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    • Andrew
      Saturday, August 30th, 2014

      Section 5 does allow the currently permitted oil extraction methods to remain in use, but what it doesn’t take into account is that oil companies have to reapply for new permits every 3 years to keep within changing environmental regulations. Section 5 does not state any right for those applications to be permitted again. In fact, it guarentees that they will not be approved. That’s why it’s deceptive, because so few people know how oil extraction really works. Measure P guarentees shut down of nearly all oil companies in Santa Barbara county within 5 years , and with that shut down the funding to schools, fire departments, and thousands of local businesses go down the drain.

      Measure P in its current form is deceptive and costly. Also consider this: there is no fracking in Santa Barbara county. Fact. If you are worried about the environment, wouldn’t you prefer to have your oil come from the strictest place in environmental regulations? Producing in Santa Barbara county means we use less oil from places where there are zero regulations. Producing here is the safest and most beneficial way of getting oil.

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