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E&B NATURAL RESOURCES FINED FOR ILLEGALLY DUMPING 400 BARRELS OF OIL AND WASTE WATER!
E&B Natural Resources Settles Illegal Dumping Charges
- On April 18, 2014 The California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) responded to investigate an anonymous complaint at The Posso Oil Field in Kern County run by E&B Natural Resources about the disposal of toxic waste into an open and unlined pit .
- According to documents submitted by E&B Natural Resources on July 15, 2014, “Approximately 400 barrels of formation water and crude oil were discharged into an unlined sump.”
- A settlement agreement was signed by E&B Natural Resources’s Mike Finch on September 22, 2014 including a penalty of close to $40,000.
E&B NATURAL RESOURCES SUED OVER GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION!
E&B Natural Resources, the oil company seeking the voter’s approval on March 3, 2015 to drill oil in Hermosa Beach, is being sued for groundwater contamination and the loss of food crops in Kern County California. See the full story here.
- E&B Natural Resources Management Corp. is named in a lawsuit filed Monday in Kern County Superior Court by plaintiff Palla Farms LLC claiming they had to uproot a large number — possibly hundreds — of cherry trees because of alleged negligence on the part of E & B and three other oil and gas drilling companies
- The suit claims the four oil production companies raised salt and boron levels in local groundwater during high-pressure injection of “some or all” of three oil field waste materials. These are “produced water,” the saline fluid that comes out of the ground along with oil; drilling mud used to carry away cuttings or provide lubrication during drilling
- The lawsuit also says the oil companies neglected to conduct a review to make sure there were no idle water wells nearby
- The four companies also failed to provide fluid treatment plans, chemical analyses of liquid being injected or geological studies, all of which the suit says are required by law
- The lawsuit said the defendants knew or should have known their actions may have caused harm because of a 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency audit finding California injection well operations were not up to federal groundwater protection standards.
Nearly 50 percent of the city’s residents live (and breathe) within 0.5 miles of the proposed drilling site.
Air pollution will be released at all stages of oil and gas operations for the life of the project, spewing dangerous pollutants into the air including benzene, formaldehyde, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs including naphthalene), acetaldehyde, acrolein, propylene, toluene, xylenes, ethyl benzene, and hexane.
Increases in asthma attacks, bronchitis (emphysema), heart attacks, heart failure, headaches, and cardiac arrhythmia can likely be expected along with increased hospital admissions and emergency room visits.
RUINING OUR COMMUNITY!
Thirty oil wells, four wastewater reinjection wells, storage tanks, and waste treatment facilities will be built on a 1.3 acre lot adjacent to a residential neighborhood, small businesses, a pedestrian greenbelt, and a children’s playground. Miles of underground pipelines will extend out under a larger portion of the community. The project is proposed to last 35 years with five years just for construction.
The drilling project will feature:
- A large drilling rig, projected to be 110 feet tall, that will be visible to the entire community.
- Heavy truck traffic on Valley Drive that will impact roads, greenbelt activities, and pedestrians, especially our children walking to school.
- Constant noise and light from construction, creating an unnecessary nuisance to residents.
- An increase in noise, noxious odors, and air pollution.
- Drilling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 35 years.
The project requires relocating the city yard to a small lot adjacent to a residential neighborhood at 12th and Valley Drive at significant cost ($10 million to $18 million) and loss of income ($180,000 per year) and parking to the city.
HERMOSA BEACH CAN PAY THE SETTLEMENT!
Hermosa Beach is financially sound with $80 million in assets, no debt, and more than $6 million already set aside to cover the settlement cost. Among other options, the remaining settlement balance of approximately $11 million can be paid off under
“… commercially reasonable terms to be mutually agreed upon by the city and E&B.”
“Hermosa will not go bankrupt if the voters fail to approve oil drilling.”
Inflated oil revenue projections are based on reports paid for by E&B. In fact, more than 70 percent of the projected oil and gas resides offshore. Revenue derived from offshore oil is highly regulated by the State Tidelands Trust, which severely restricts how it may be spent.
The presence of an oil and gas drilling operation and pipeline will lower property values, which, in turn, will decrease taxes and revenues to the city.
Please review the FULL report below:
E&B NATURAL RESOURCES HAS HAD 16 SPILLS OVER 6 YEARS!
E&B Natural Resources have spilled almost 16,000 gallons of toxic fluid over the past six years in California!
Their spills have been reported to the California Emergency Management Agency and documented for anyone to review. CLICK HERE
The graphic below gives you the HazMat number, dates, substances, and quantity of each E&B Natural Resources spill.
Please note this chart outlines only toxic spills that have been reported in California not in other states where they do business.
E&B Natural Resources does business in many other states, we will research their spill history in those states soon.
E&B Natural Resources Drilling Spills and HazMat Facts:
E&B averages 1 reported spill every 4 months over the past 6 years in California!
An average of 7 gallons of toxic fluid has been spilled every single day by E&B over the past 6 years in California!
Nearly 16,000 gallons of toxic fluid has been spilled by E&B in California over the past 6 years!
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OVER 500 HERMOSA BEACH RESIDENTS HAVE PLEDGED THEIR VOTE!
Read what other citizens have had to say and pledge to “Vote NO on Measure O”!
For the future of my kids.
My wife and I live a little more than a block from the proposed oil site. Most oil drilling towns have setbacks. In Dallas it is 1500 feet. Here it would be ZERO feet. We are in the kill zone. If there is a gas leak or explosion, I (or one of my neighbors) could be injured or worse. E&B and its constituents have a poor history of being a good neighbor. It is just not worth the risk. Our bedroom overlooks the drilling site. As many in Hermosa Beach, we have no air conditioning. The oil company wants to “mitigate” noise, smells, and light by telling us to close our windows and put in black out curtains. Most of us moved to Hermosa to live near the ocean, to smell the fresh air and feel the cool breeze. That simple pleasure will be gone. It just doesn’t make sense. Maintain the ban.
I moved to Hermosa to live in a serene beach community, not an oil town. I live 500 feet away from the proposed drilling site, and am pregnant with my first baby. While E&B will try to convince us that we need oil money and that our city’s future is in jeopardy without it, that is absolutely false based on the city’s financial data. Hermosa DOES NOT NEED oil money. I am unwilling to put my baby’s health at risk for money, especially money the City doesn’t need.
The potential for a spill, fire or explosion. One spill would destroy our beautiful beach. Increased pollution. Noise. Super ugly drill yard. Big truck traffic. Property values would go down.
E&B go away!!!
We will sell our house and move if those rats get their way.
I really don't understand why anyone would allow drilling 30 oil wells and 4 waste water re-injection wells in a small area in a densely populated small town. The possibility of things that could go wrong is endless. The oil company promises us riches, but given that most of the oil is presumed to be located under the tidelands, most of that money won't go into the city general fund. And especially as oil prices continue to plummet, this will never be a good deal for Hermosa. But that is a moot point. I would never sell our neighbors out. The health and safety of our neighbors is invaluable and you can't put a price on that.
ENDORSED BY THESE GREAT ORGANIZATIONS!
THE “NO ON O SHOW”!
New Live Musical Performances
Art Alexakis of Everclear
Kevin Sousa & Wise 100 Doors
No Oil Drilling at the Beach
These performers came together to stop oil drilling in Hermosa Beach. The No on O Show united members of a diverse community of actors, athletes, business owners, artists, musicians, joined in one voice against the oil company that wants to drill 30 oil and 4 waste-water injection wells in the middle of a densely packed neighborhood, steps from parks a school and the beach. The No on O Show was filmed over the last weekend of January 2015 at Studio 637, directly across from a proposed oil and gas drilling site.
(CAUTION: explicit language and lyrics, may not be suitable for all ages)
HANDS ACROSS THE SAND!
Saturday, May 17; Stop Hermosa Beach Oil joined forces with Heal the Bay and The Surfrider Foundation to host a beach clean up and rally against drilling for oil and gas off shore in Hermosa Beach. The event was timed to immediately precede participation in the worldwide event known as Hands Across the Sand. After cleaning the beach, over 600 volunteers, comprised of friends, neighbors and community members from Hermosa and beyond were joined by Hermosa Beach Council Members Hany Fangary and Nanette Barragan, Hermosa Beach School Board Member Mary Campbell, State Senate Candidate Betsy Butler, Congressional hopeful Marianne Williamson and representatives from team Muratsuchi. The spirited rally against oil drilling off of our shores then joined hands to form a continuous line, south of the 10th Street Lifeguard Tower, to north of The Mermaid. The Hermosa Beach event was one of the largest gatherings of the day for the Worldwide Hands Across the Sand movement. Stop Hermosa Beach Oil would like to thank all of the organizations, the community and its members for their support in this pivotal event. A special thanks to John Wayne Miller who was on hand to photograph the event by helicopter, see above photo.
Dr. Michael Collins as William Wallace
Keeping Hermosa Hermosa
Sara Sikich, Laura Arciniega, Betsy Butler, Stacey Armatto
Hands Across the Sand
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