Pixel Tracker

Saturday, February 16 , 2019, 2:01 am | Fair 50º


Letter to the Editor: There’s No Need to Frack in Santa Barbara County

I’m writing because I think that voters need help to sort out the facts from the fear: There is no need to frack in Santa Barbara County.

Our geology simply isn't amenable to this method because generally the ground naturally has many of the fractures that are the goal of hydraulic fracturing. Secondly, and most importantly, there are already strict ordinances in place that would require the Board of Supervisors to approve any project of that nature.

The truth is that Measure P is not about protecting water; it aims to shut down onshore oil production. Supporters claim existing permitted work is exempt but do not know or refuse to acknowledge that energy production requires obtaining permits on an ongoing basis.

If Measure P passes, those new permits will be prohibited, which will put an end to the oil industry onshore in Santa Barbara County. It will cost the county millions in tax revenue, over a thousand jobs, and force us to import oil from foreign countries with no environmental regulations on oil production.

Measure P is does not protect Santa Barbara County. As a geologist, an environmentalist and a concerned citizen, I am voting no on Measure P and encouraging our community to do the same.

Eric White
Santa Barbara

Talk to Us!

Please take Noozhawk's audience survey to help us understand what you expect — and want — from us. It'll take you just a few minutes. Thank you!

Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.