Our coalition is growing every day—adding business owners, ranchers and others that care about the long term view of our economy and the sustainability of local resources. Here are a few stories about some of our members. Don't forget to add your name to our growing list by getting involved!
The Orradre ranch has leases with Aera and Chevron. My husband Mike and I presently live on the ranch where we raised our five children. Our son John, who works for us and his family also live here. I am pictured with four of our grandchildren, Bennett, Harrison, Adele, Pearce and daughter-in-law, Laura.
The oil companies provide water for our cow/calf operation, as well as, clean drinking water for our uses. The water is routinely tested in compliance with EPA and State regulations and has always provided quality, clean drinking water for our family. "
- Mary Orradre
As a fifth generation San Ardo resident and an avid volunteer in our community, I see each day the positive effect of the local oil industry has on our lives. Many anti oil people refer to the oil industry companies such as Chevron and Aera as BIG OIL, but what they forget is that companies are made up of people. People who live in our community, who go to work every day being safe and return home.
We wake each morning to the hustle and bustle about town as employees head to work. Our stores and the local San Ardo café prosper with added patronage brought by the oil industry employees. Our local organizations have partnered with the oil companies and their subsidiaries to do good things in our community.
Personally, I have been on the receiving end of the great philanthropy of our local oil companies in several of the organizations to which I belong. At St. Matthew’s church we have had working church services as we packaged and distributed pallets of food, donated by the employees and companies of the oilfields, to needy families in our community. As the Chief of the San Ardo Volunteer Fire Department we were grateful to receive funding from Chevron and Aera to purchase auto extrication tools and later Chevron donated the funds to purchase three full sets of turnouts. When our local Grange had fallen into great disrepair Chevron stepped in and helped us to repair the roof, electrical, paint and plumbing. As the President of the Board of Trustees for the San Ardo Elementary School District we have received not only a substantial amount of money from Chevron ($150,000) but most importantly the guidance and moral support we needed when we were going through a very rough time.
Here in San Ardo our skies are blue, our water is not polluted and we enjoy an abundance of wildlife. We appreciate having the oil industry here in our community, our town would not be the same without it."
- Kaeda Barrios
My name is Gordon Rosenberg. My family bought this land in San Ardo in 1873. I started farming here after World War II. My farm is located adjacent to the San Ardo Oil Field and continues northwards to the edge of San Ardo town and we are downstream from the oil fields. Chevron has several water injection wells that are physically located on our land. We lease part and farm part of this land.
Our tenant as well as our whole family have always had the full cooperation from Chevron as to any concerns we may have had over the years. Most importantly, I do not have any concerns regarding the quality of our drinking water because I know that it is not impacted by the oil field operation. I know this because after drilling a new domestic water well I thought it would be a good idea to have the water tested to know what we would be drinking in our home. Then, I got the idea to buy a bottle of spring water from a local store so I could compare our new well water with the bottled spring water. Guess what? Our well water was better quality than the bottle of spring water I bought in the local store."
- Gordon Rosenberg