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May 22, 2018

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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:00 am

I am writing on behalf of the Livermore Eco-Watchdogs, The Center for Biological Diversity, and concerned citizens of Livermore, to address the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) scheduled for a hearing on May 24th. We are opposed to the renewal of the CUP due to E&B’s use of “secondary extraction methods” which is in violation of the terms of their permit. The present Conditional Use Permit under which E&B operates does not allow E&B to use secondary extraction methods. It was issued only for primary recovery methods, which were grandfathered in violation of present environmental laws. Over time, E&B’s oil well began to produce low returns, and they resorted to secondary extraction methods (without proper notification). Secondary extraction methods use chemicals that produce hazardous wastewater which is reinjected back into the ground. The potential instability of the land between two major fault lines (fractures due to fault slippage), combined with aging well casings, raises many concerns for the safety of our groundwater, and future aquifer supplies. E&B is attempting to pull a bait & switch with current regulations that would endanger our local underground aquifers.

The US and OPEC are experiencing an oil glut now and very possibly for the next 20-30 years. There is also a glut of liquefied natural gas, and thriving renewable energy sources. Why then would Alameda County, allow E&B to continue its operation in flagrant violation of the CUP? Does drilling for the last drop of oil from a dying well, predominate the potential threat to Livermore’s groundwater supplies? The terms defined in the present regulations to acquire E&B’s CUP were defined in the 1960’s. Those terms predate our present understanding of global warming, and current Environmental laws put into place to protect our water supplies. E&B is attempting to renew their Conditional Use Permit, based on an archaic set of standards, in a hearing dated May 24th at the Pleasanton City Hall Chambers at 1:30. The permit should be denied for the following reasons: 1) They are operating in violation of the terms of their permit 2) The permit itself doesn’t meet present environmental standards for such operations 3) E&B’s site has never undergone a CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) review, which requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their operations. 4) Email requests, and calls to meet with the EBZA board members have gone unaddressed for over a month and a half, denying local citizens of Livermore the opportunity to present their concerns in a fair format.

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