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Posted on December 7 at 2:50 p.m.
Since water use and protection seems to be a big issue about fracking and other oil extraction techniques, how much water is being used, and where is it coming from, and where is it being disposed to? Are the trucks hauling oil or water or both and what is the impact to the community. Does the county get enough taxes from the oil companies to pay for water & regulation (and road upkeep & other costs) and for the using of underground resources that might be better kept for the future? Both the wastewater re-injection possible effects on future generations' drinking water tables and the current water extraction in our dry climate seem the most worrisome. Any good links to explain the quantities and how it is all controlled? I guess if the farmers and wineries do not have any problems with water use and quality, then maybe there are no worries?
On Fracking Fracas in Court
Posted on December 4 at 12:10 p.m.
Check out the great stories done by the NYTimes on fracking in North Dakota to get a feel on how wonderful the oil companies can be:http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...
Posted on October 27 at 9:36 p.m.
David Niles, I think there is nothing to worry about with eventually using recycled water at Elings Park. And I voted Yes on P, because injecting lots of good water mixed with who knows what down near the deep aquifers is the worst of all ideas for Santa Barbara County. Oil should only be used to make recyclable plastics, not burned for fun. Electrifying the roads and using fusion power by covering the high deserts with solar and storage is the only clean way to go. But of course, money runs our political system and oil is one of the biggest spenders, so I am not counting on civilization advancing too quickly.
On Waste Under Elings
Posted on September 23 at 1:29 a.m.
I do not trust the oil companies to keep their oil well bores free from cracking. And where are they going to get the millions of gallons of water to do the injection? And disposing of the wastewater down other boreholes!? Peak oil production has been reached as the number of new oil wells is not keeping up with world demand, so prices will continue to rise quickly.
Time to push on to a future of solar power, using the nuclear fusion of the sun, especially in our desert climate. Most transportation can be run on electrical power if we desire.
Time to bring the CO2 levels in the atmosphere back down (which was <300ppm previous to 1900, now 400ppm, definitely man-made 30% increase in only 100 years).
On No on P
Posted on September 11 at 8:44 p.m.
Fracking oil out of the ground and having wastewater injection wells is crazy for our precious water supplies! Who is that SBCC professor to TV commercials supporting fracking? Send that dumb teacher packing.
I think we have to stop heating up and polluting the environment with all this carbon burning and nuclear fission stuff. Maybe when a new ice age re-occurs the extra CO2 from burning coal will be welcome.
For now we need to encourage solar and methods of storing power (i see air compression as one of many options) as the most environmentally friendly and sustainable. ("Q--How will you eco-wackos run your cars?" A--How abort electricfying them, charging while going down the freeway? "Q--planes?" A--Use Elon Musk tube transportation (hyperloops)!) Santa Barbara's tax base can be the wineries, high tech corporations, and the scenery/climate for tourism related industries. Maybe a little coastal oil extraction by Venoco to lessen the tar seeps and methane releases...otherwise, save the oil to make carbon fiber?
On Measure P: Who’s Scaring Whom?
Posted on May 26 at 1:54 p.m.
The Fed and State tax rates are quite adequate and could be reduced for regular folks if we had Wall Street pay sales taxes on their nanosecond transactions. Also, Public healthcare w/o insurance companies, more international diplomacy (including supporting non-sociopathic politicians before sociopaths get into power), avoiding wars for energy, and reducing the extreme cost of incarceration and personnel costs due to stupid drug laws would provide for the cost of far more mental health prevention/treatment facilities/personnel.
But evil$ is winning and will attempt to maim you if you challenge them. I hope for more brave & clever good souls to go into politics. And public financing of elections is just a dream so far.
On Not One More
Posted on March 28 at 3:55 p.m.
Better lighting, w/ educational details, and opening up the gallery spaces would be nice, assuming the displays will not deteriorate with the extra UV? Or maybe a live action holographic deck! Also, they have extensive collections that should be rotated out to the pubic areas. Wish the planetarium could be like the Griffith Observatory's. Luckily, Swetland seems to have a good passion for the museum.
On Museum of Natural History Submits Master Plan
Posted on March 4 at 2:52 p.m.
Regarding direct solar devices to make distilled water from crappy water:
The youtube video science project referenced above makes about one half liter per hour for that 4'x4' boiler tube, probably during the 6 hottest hours of the day, so 3L/day/16sq.ft.; let us say 1 gallon per 20 sq.ft per day. Multiply that by 50,000 people and that is 1 million sq. ft. of solar boiler area needed for 50,000 gallons of water per day. That would be a lot of railroad cars. However, put these over the burned out lawn areas of some houses, 100 sq.ft. (10'x10') each = 5 gallons per day, for some home drinking/cooking water from grey water.
Another simple solar system purifying water by condensation is at "solaqua com solstils1 html", with about the same production rate per square foot, i think.
But for minimal energy input, not a bad idea to use solar. However, if folks roof mount these, the architectural board might need to get involved.
On No Jubilation Among Water Officials
Posted on December 26 at 9:10 a.m.
Why not allow anyone to open a casino? Santa Barbara would greatly benefit as long as the taxes collected were high enough to offset gambling addiction problems (how do the tribes pay for this?). The current prohibitions against casinos have led to this weird state of politics distorting our communities.
On Lavagnino Sends Letter to Congressman Sponsoring Camp 4 Annexation
Posted on December 19 at 11:19 p.m.
The oil miners should cough up a chunk to the local community that is taking the hit on their environment. Of course, a nice sales tax on Wall Street gambling transactions would be great too...Lois, I would like to see you talk that one up!
On County Talks Oil Tax