Defend Monterey County Measure Z

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ALERT:  YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO DEFEND MEASURE Z  AGAINST STATE REGULATORS!

The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) and the State Water Resources Control Board will hold a hearing to grant permits giving Big Oil new and expanded exemptions for toxic wastewater injection into our Monterey County aquifer AND to obtain immediate US EPA approval of the exemptions by February 15, 2017.

Rebuffing the will of Monterey County voters, California State agencies are protecting Big Oil and not the resources and the citizens of California.

On November 8, 2016 Monterey County voters overwhelmingly passed Measure Z into law with 56% of the vote. 

Measure Z amends County land use regulations to limit the disposal of toxic wastewater produced in oil operations by injection into deep groundwater aquifers.  Measure Z prohibits new toxic wastewater injection operations and phases out existing operations over a five year period. 

It is absolutely essential to the future health and safety of the people of Monterey County and for protection of our future water supply.

Currently, the oil companies dump more than 10.3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into Monterey County groundwater aquifers every day.

DEMAND THAT STATE OFFICIALS STOP ALLOWING BIG OIL TO INCREASE MONTEREY COUNTY TOXIC WASTE DUMPING IN VIOLATION OF MEASURE Z!

Protect Monterey County (PMC), proponent of Measure Z, has made written demands on Governor Brown, John Laird (Secretary of Natural Resources), Kenneth A. Harris, Jr. (DOGGR) and Jonathan Bishop (State Water Resources Control Board) to immediately cease and desist their unlawful interference with Measure Z.

Submit comments to the Department of Conservation by email to: comments@conservation.ca.gov
or by facsimile (FAX) to (916) 324-0948, or by mail to: 

Department of Conservation 
801 K Street, MS 24-02 
Sacramento, CA 95814 
ATTN: Aquifer Exemption 

The written comment period closes at 5 p.m. on February 16, 2017.