Taking a Stand

The following is a request I made to Jimmy, Clif, Bonnie, Jill and Mark earlier today. Please contact them and ask they once again go on record opposing this ill-considered proposal.

Humboldt Country Board of Supervisors:

As you might be aware, there is an attempt to open the area offshore of Humboldt and Mendocino counties to oil and gas production. This area is called the Point Arena Basin and extends from Point Arena in the south to Cape Mendocino in the north and encompasses 44 million acres. There are estimated to be billions of barrels of recoverable oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas, making it an area well worth exploiting from an oil industry standpoint. Like myself, I am sure you are not in favor of dozens of 300 foot tall oil rigs visible from shore nor the almost certain accompanying environmental destruction to our badly weakened fisheries, along with possible oil fouled beaches and diminished tourism.

As part of the process, we are currently in a 60 day public comment period (ends March 23) and I would like you to once again express your opposition to this proposal as you did unanimously back on September 6, 2001.

The link for comments:

Docket ID: MMS-2008-OMM-0045

Mail comments to:

Department of the Interior; Minerals Management Service; Attention: Leasing Division (LD); 381 Elden Street, MS-4010; Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817. Reference “2010-2015 Oil and Gas Leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf.”

I have started an informational blog on this issue which contains more details on the process and what is proposed.


There are public hearings being scheduled sometime in the next few weeks – date and location as yet unset – though they look to be in either Ukiah or Fort Bragg.

If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to call.


Jim Ferguson

Shelter Cove, CA


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