Why To Oppose The Santa Maria Energy Project
This project is of national and global significance because it is the beginning of Big Oil’s attempts to unlock massive reserves of unconventional oil in CA (e.g., mentioned in Wall Street Journal). Like Canadian tarsands, CA heavy oil is some of the most energy-intensive, high emissions oil in the world.
What you can do:
1. Sign and share this petition opposing it.
2. Find out who your County Supervisor is by going here.
3. Call and/or email your Supervisor and voice your opposition and concern. Get 5-10 others to do the same. Get organizations you’re affiliated with to sign a letter of opposition and send it to county supervisors.
The Santa Maria Energy project would be one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in Santa Barbara County, equivalent to adding 17,000+ cars to our roads. We need to protect our area from risky enhanced techniques like fracking, acidization and steam injection. Any new project like this should at the very least be required to offset their emissions.