Gov. Newsom suspends new fracking permits in latest attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Fracking has produced economic booms in North Dakota and Texas, but is deeply controversial. (File photo)

Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced an immediate suspension of permits allowing new hydraulic fracturing and steam-injected oil drilling – the latest in a series of moves in the past week underscoring California’s determination to be seen as a leader in climate change efforts.

“These are necessary steps to strengthen oversight of oil and gas extraction as we phase out our dependence on fossil fuels and focus on clean energy sources,” Newsom said in a statement released by his office.

While Newsom’s predecessor, Jerry Brown, also used his job to promote the Golden State as a leader in the effort to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions believed to be a primary cause of global warming, he opposed a fracking moratorium. Brown’s aides noted the economic benefits of being the third-largest oil-producing state – home to 72,000 wells and 350,000-plus good-paying oil-related jobs. Brown may also have been intrigued by disputed reports in 2013 that the Golden State was sitting on massive oil reserves larger than those of Saudi Arabia.

Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association, pushed back hard at Newsom’s assertion that California had no choice but to crack down on unsafe drilling practices.

“Multiple state agencies already validate our protection of health, safety and the environment during production,” she said in a statement. Reheis-Boyd joined several Republican officials in warning of severe economic consequences of what they depicted as an end to new oil drilling.

State may require buffer zones around many oil wells

But the obstacles Newsom plans to add to gas and oil exploration don’t stop with a ban on the two extraction techniques. The Los Angeles Times reported that he “plans to study the possible adoption of buffer zones around oil wells in or near residential neighborhoods, schools, hospitals and other facilities that could be exposed to hazardous fumes” – a move with the potential to sharply add to regulatory burdens of owners of the wells.

Other moves that Newsom has announced in the last week include:

  • The state will no longer purchase gas-powered sedans. Law-enforcement agencies are exempted.
  • The state will only buy vehicles from automakers that agreed to follow California’s vehicle-emission rules rather than the weaker rules backed by the Trump administration. So far, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW have sided with California. General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai, Kia and Fiat Chrysler last month said they would follow the weaker federal standards.
  • The Newsom administration has formally asked the California Public Utilities Commission to permanently close the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Porter Ranch as soon as feasible. The facility has been the target of intense protests by its neighbors and environmentalists since a 2015 disaster resulted in among the largest releases of methane gas in world history – an immense leak that took nearly four months to stop and forced the evacuation of nearly 3,000 households.

Environmental groups hailed Newsom’s series of moves – especially what they depicted as the beginning of the end of fracking in the state.

Livermore lab experts must OK new fracking permits

But the governor’s announcement left open the possibility that new fracking permits could be – if independent experts from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory attested to their safety.

That’s not necessarily a long shot. Even as greens spent years depicting hydraulic fracturing as dangerous and destructive, several Cabinet members in the Obama administration said it was akin to other heavy industries – mostly safe if properly regulated.

In 2015, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told KQED, the Northern California PBS channel, that local moratoriums on fracking approved by several cities in the state were the “wrong way to go.”

“There is a lot of misinformation about fracking,” she said. “I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science behind it and I think there needs to be more science.”

But Newsom said he didn’t agree with this benign view of fracking while campaigning for governor in 2018 and promised a crackdown if elected.

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  1. deweaver
    deweaver 25 November, 2019, 10:17

    To bad that Lawrence Livermore Laboratory has compromised its scientific integrity decades ago with their environmental study on replacing MTBE with ethanol. The Governor (Brown) wanted a positive environmental report on ethanol and go a report that just didn’t mention the environmental impact of a major spill on oxygen in the water.

    They created a model that shows that if a big spill occurred on a major river, ethanol would be rapidly diluted to non-toxic levels and would then be rapidly biodegraded as the water flowed downstream. This is all true and the model was up to LLL’s normal standards, but they just didn’t report on the amount of oxygen (the other half of the biodegradation equation) used by the bacteria eating the ethanol and the fact that with any reasonable spill the bacteria would remove all the oxygen from the water resulting in massive fish kills.

    Note that this ethanol removal of O2 made the press even from small spills of whiskey from a fire at a distillery about a year ago where a massive fish kill occurred.

    As a result of this, I don’t trust them to use real science instead of advocacy science.

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  2. Chris McClanathan
    Chris McClanathan 25 November, 2019, 11:15

    If Governor Nuisance wants to reduce poisonous gases all he needs to do is stop exhaling.

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  3. Queeg
    Queeg 25 November, 2019, 11:48

    Comrades…giving thanks for your misguided posts, delusional tomes, cleaning up after yourselves(rosemary chip droppings and fake crab dip) on sale in our fortified trailer yard comfort bunker and for all the loving rub downs of Vicious and Baby…..

    Rumor has it The Yugo Auto Company is ramping up a new line of California inspired wind up/gum band powered vehicles for our masses of ravaged service workers……socialists always try to come through for yah….touching…inspiring….maybe issue a commemorative stamp or something….

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  4. Sean
    Sean 25 November, 2019, 13:53

    I predict this turns out like the low carbon fuel standard. Set a target on presumed solutions materializing and when they don’t, apply taxes at the maximum rate allowed by the law and reap the windfall in state coffers. The petroleum companies who drill in the state will come to accept this as an alternative to simply being shut down.
    Any predictions on how long it will take for the average price of gasoline in California to be $5 per gallon.
    California currently imports 56% of its oil. With this rule, how many years until California imports 80% of the crude it refines?
    Could this really just a scheme to gentrify the state and rid the state of all blue collar workers? In other words eliminate the need to upgrade Route 99 by driving out a third of the central valley population.

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    • Richard Cohen
      Richard Cohen 26 November, 2019, 09:12

      Precisely, just another ploy to make gas even more expensive to force more people into ev’s which are even more expensive…

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  5. Edward Ryan
    Edward Ryan 27 November, 2019, 17:00

    Los Angeles City Council Member Cidello; You are is totally silent on the “LAPD Crimebuster Vigilante Facebook Scandal” Why do you fail to do “Good Government” oversight to stop LAPD and Los Angeles City Attorney Corruption. Read the “National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Regional Advocacy Project” Complaint to California Attorney General Becerra. Becerra ignores the complaint even though LAPD vigilantes may of caused the death of the homeless man who is threatened on a video posted by the LAPD vigilantes and referred to in the complaint. The video described above is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gG9GIB_lWasLfELewlM_GVMheJL4iOMu/view?usp Vigilante Facebook Postings in the complaint show nine homeless being criminal victimize by LAPD vigilantes. These nine are later arrested, but not one LAPD report tells about the vigilante “Stalking” harassment that provoked the arrest. The Los Angeles City Council should demand LAPD to identify the homeless victims whose photos are in the complaint. The Council will see that the LAPD police reports do not report the truth. No facts of the “vigilante Harassment” provoking the arrest are in the LAPD Police Reports. LA City Attorney Feuer’s Topanga Neighborhood Prosecutor uses the false LAPD reports to Convict and incarcerate the homeless shown in the complaint. The Vigilante Groups “Crime busters of our West Hills and Woodland Hills” and “Homeless Transient Encampments of our West Valley” were started by LAPD vigilante Fern Peskin-White. She is a LAPD volunteer from the Topanga Community Police Station. The participation of LAPD officers in these groups gives tacit permission to vigilante acts. Members include: LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher, former LAPD Deputy Chief John Sherman (ret. 2018), former LAPD SLO Brent Rygh (ret. 2018), LAPD Topanga At least the tobacco industry doesn’t have a coward LA Mayor Garcetti and vigilante acts by LAPD Officers who are members to the Crimebuster vigilante Facebook vigilante group Members include: LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher, former LAPD Deputy Chief John Sherman (ret. 2018), former LAPD SLO Brent Rygh (ret. 2018), LAPD Topanga Division Sergeant Karen Rayner, LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Sean Dinse, LAPD SLO Duke Dao, LAPD SLO Daryl Scoggins, LAPD SLO Gabriel Ahedo, LAPD SLO John Catalano, LAPD SLO Kari McNamee, LAPD SLO Jose Fernandez, LAPD Officer William Jones, LAPD Topanga Police Service Representative Monica Fairbanks. Why are Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer and LAPD Chief Moore allowing LAPD Brass, LAPD Slo’s and Neighborhood Prosecutors to belong to Vigilante groups. Routine false LAPD reports of homeless arrest, who are provoked by “LAPD Vigilantes”, corrupt the Los Angeles Courts. The Los Angeles City Council reputation is already soiled by cooperating with Mayor Eric Garcetti “Pay For Play” corruption at Los Angeles City Hall. Please do not make it worse by not investigating these LAPD Vigilante Hate crimes onto the homeless. Demand the LAPD supply the names of all homeless shown in the Above mentioned complaint. Then review All LAPD police reports relating to their arrest. Then ask why the LAPD police reports do not mention the vigilante harassment and violence that are hate crimes in action and provoked a response for which the homeless are arrested and incarcerated for. This ids wrong and is Racist as many homeless victims of LAPD hate crime provocation are “homeless people of color” who are now incarcerated based on false police reports that make no mention of the vigilante harassment.

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  6. Edward Ryan
    Edward Ryan 28 November, 2019, 14:07

    Los Angeles City Council Member Blumenfield; You are is totally silent on the “LAPD Crimebuster Vigilante Facebook Scandal” Why do you fail to do “Good Government” oversight to stop LAPD and Los Angeles City Attorney Corruption. Read the “National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Regional Advocacy Project” Complaint to California Attorney General Becerra. Becerra ignores the complaint even though LAPD vigilantes may of caused the death of the homeless man who is threatened on a video posted by the LAPD vigilantes and referred to in the complaint. The video described above is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gG9GIB_lWasLfELewlM_GVMheJL4iOMu/view?usp Vigilante Facebook Postings in the complaint show nine homeless being criminal victimize by LAPD vigilantes. These nine are later arrested, but not one LAPD report tells about the vigilante “Stalking” harassment that provoked the arrest. The Los Angeles City Council should demand LAPD to identify the homeless victims whose photos are in the complaint. The Council will see that the LAPD police reports do not report the truth. No facts of the “vigilante Harassment” provoking the arrest are in the LAPD Police Reports. LA City Attorney Feuer’s Topanga Neighborhood Prosecutor uses the false LAPD reports to Convict and incarcerate the homeless shown in the complaint. The Vigilante Groups “Crime busters of our West Hills and Woodland Hills” and “Homeless Transient Encampments of our West Valley” were started by LAPD vigilante Fern Peskin-White. She is a LAPD volunteer from the Topanga Community Police Station. The participation of LAPD officers in these groups gives tacit permission to vigilante acts. Members include: LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher, former LAPD Deputy Chief John Sherman (ret. 2018), former LAPD SLO Brent Rygh (ret. 2018), LAPD Topanga At least the tobacco industry doesn’t have a coward LA Mayor Garcetti and vigilante acts by LAPD Officers who are members to the Crimebuster vigilante Facebook vigilante group Members include: LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher, former LAPD Deputy Chief John Sherman (ret. 2018), former LAPD SLO Brent Rygh (ret. 2018), LAPD Topanga Division Sergeant Karen Rayner, LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Sean Dinse, LAPD SLO Duke Dao, LAPD SLO Daryl Scoggins, LAPD SLO Gabriel Ahedo, LAPD SLO John Catalano, LAPD SLO Kari McNamee, LAPD SLO Jose Fernandez, LAPD Officer William Jones, LAPD Topanga Police Service Representative Monica Fairbanks. Why are Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer and LAPD Chief Moore allowing LAPD Brass, LAPD Slo’s and Neighborhood Prosecutors to belong to Vigilante groups. Routine false LAPD reports of homeless arrest, who are provoked by “LAPD Vigilantes”, corrupt the Los Angeles Courts. The Los Angeles City Council reputation is already soiled by cooperating with Mayor Eric Garcetti “Pay For Play” corruption at Los Angeles City Hall. Please do not make it worse by not investigating these LAPD Vigilante Hate crimes onto the homeless. Demand the LAPD supply the names of all homeless shown in the Above mentioned complaint. Then review All LAPD police reports relating to their arrest. Then ask why the LAPD police reports do not mention the
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    Edward Ryan 28 November, 2019, 14:14

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    Los Angeles City Council Member John Lee; You are is totally silent on the “LAPD Crimebuster Vigilante Facebook Scandal” Why do you fail to do “Good Government” oversight to stop LAPD and Los Angeles City Attorney Corruption. Read the “National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Regional Advocacy Project” Complaint to California Attorney General Becerra. Becerra ignores the complaint even though LAPD vigilantes may of caused the death of the homeless man who is threatened on a video posted by the LAPD vigilantes and referred to in the complaint. The video described above is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gG9GIB_lWasLfELewlM_GVMheJL4iOMu/view?usp Vigilante Facebook Postings in the complaint show nine homeless being criminal victimize by LAPD vigilantes. These nine are later arrested, but not one LAPD report tells about the vigilante “Stalking” harassment that provoked the arrest. The Los Angeles City Council should demand LAPD to identify the homeless victims whose photos are in the complaint. The Council will see that the LAPD police reports do not report the truth. No facts of the “vigilante Harassment” provoking the arrest are in the LAPD Police Reports. LA City Attorney Feuer’s Topanga Neighborhood Prosecutor uses the false LAPD reports to Convict and incarcerate the homeless shown in the complaint. The Vigilante Groups “Crime busters of our West Hills and Woodland Hills” and “Homeless Transient Encampments of our West Valley” were started by LAPD vigilante Fern Peskin-White. She is a LAPD volunteer from the Topanga Community Police Station. The participation of LAPD officers in these groups gives tacit permission to vigilante acts. Members include: LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher, former LAPD Deputy Chief John Sherman (ret. 2018), former LAPD SLO Brent Rygh (ret. 2018), LAPD Topanga At least the tobacco industry doesn’t have a coward LA Mayor Garcetti and vigilante acts by LAPD Officers who are members to the Crimebuster vigilante Facebook vigilante group Members include: LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher, former LAPD Deputy Chief John Sherman (ret. 2018), former LAPD SLO Brent Rygh (ret. 2018), LAPD Topanga Division Sergeant Karen Rayner, LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Sean Dinse, LAPD SLO Duke Dao, LAPD SLO Daryl Scoggins, LAPD SLO Gabriel Ahedo, LAPD SLO John Catalano, LAPD SLO Kari McNamee, LAPD SLO Jose Fernandez, LAPD Officer William Jones, LAPD Topanga Police Service Representative Monica Fairbanks. Why are Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer and LAPD Chief Moore allowing LAPD Brass, LAPD Slo’s and Neighborhood Prosecutors to belong to Vigilante groups. Routine false LAPD reports of homeless arrest, who are provoked by “LAPD Vigilantes”, corrupt the Los Angeles Courts. The Los Angeles City Council reputation is already soiled by cooperating with Mayor Eric Garcetti “Pay For Play” corruption at Los Angeles City Hall. Please do not make it worse by not investigating these LAPD Vigilante Hate crimes onto the homeless. Demand the LAPD supply the names of all homeless shown in the Above mentioned complaint. Then review All LAPD police reports relating to their arrest. Then ask why the LAPD police reports do not mention the Windows

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    Edward Ryan 28 November, 2019, 14:26

    Los Angeles City Council Member Harris-Dawson; You are is totally silent on the “LAPD Crimebuster Vigilante Facebook Scandal” Why do you fail to do “Good Government” oversight to stop LAPD and Los Angeles City Attorney Corruption. Read the “National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Regional Advocacy Project” Complaint to California Attorney General Becerra. Becerra ignores the complaint even though LAPD vigilantes may of caused the death of the homeless man who is threatened on a video posted by the LAPD vigilantes and referred to in the complaint. The video described above is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gG9GIB_lWasLfELewlM_GVMheJL4iOMu/view?usp Vigilante Facebook Postings in the complaint show nine homeless being criminal victimize by LAPD vigilantes. These nine are later arrested, but not one LAPD report tells about the vigilante “Stalking” harassment that provoked the arrest. The Los Angeles City Council should demand LAPD to identify the homeless victims whose photos are in the complaint. The Council will see that the LAPD police reports do not report the truth. No facts of the “vigilante Harassment” provoking the arrest are in the LAPD Police Reports. LA City Attorney Feuer’s Topanga Neighborhood Prosecutor uses the false LAPD reports to Convict and incarcerate the homeless shown in the complaint. The Vigilante Groups “Crime busters of our West Hills and Woodland Hills” and “Homeless Transient Encampments of our West Valley” were started by LAPD vigilante Fern Peskin-White. She is a LAPD volunteer from the Topanga Community Police Station. The participation of LAPD officers in these groups gives tacit permission to vigilante acts. Members include: LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher, former LAPD Deputy Chief John Sherman (ret. 2018), former LAPD SLO Brent Rygh (ret. 2018), LAPD Topanga At least the tobacco industry doesn’t have a coward LA Mayor Garcetti and vigilante acts by LAPD Officers who are members to the Crimebuster vigilante Facebook vigilante group Members include: LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher, former LAPD Deputy Chief John Sherman (ret. 2018), former LAPD SLO Brent Rygh (ret. 2018), LAPD Topanga Division Sergeant Karen Rayner, LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Sean Dinse, LAPD SLO Duke Dao, LAPD SLO Daryl Scoggins, LAPD SLO Gabriel Ahedo, LAPD SLO John Catalano, LAPD SLO Kari McNamee, LAPD SLO Jose Fernandez, LAPD Officer William Jones, LAPD Topanga Police Service Representative Monica Fairbanks. Why are Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer and LAPD Chief Moore allowing LAPD Brass, LAPD Slo’s and Neighborhood Prosecutors to belong to Vigilante groups. Routine false LAPD reports of homeless arrest, who are provoked by “LAPD Vigilantes”, corrupt the Los Angeles Courts. The Los Angeles City Council reputation is already soiled by cooperating with Mayor Eric Garcetti “Pay For Play” corruption at Los Angeles City Hall. Please do not make it worse by not investigating these LAPD Vigilante Hate crimes onto the homeless. Demand the LAPD supply the names of all homeless shown in the Above mentioned complaint. Then review All LAPD police reports relating to their arrest. Then ask why the LAPD police reports do not mention the
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  9. Edward Ryan
    Edward Ryan 1 December, 2019, 16:51

    ` Deval Patrick Inspired Obama and Obama Inspired the Nation.
    The Democratic Former Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick is the real deal. He’s from Chicago’s south-side and was practicing law in 2006 when State Senate Obama candidate looked him up. Patrick schooled Obama and they both understand the truth about Billionaire Oligarchs like Bloomberg. It is fundamentally wrong to stand silently by as Bloomberg the Oligarch uses the democratic party as a platform to buy Political power. Bloomberg and other rich autocrats use money not rightfully theirs, to buy power. These greedy power-hungry thieves deny Americans of “Government by the People for the people by the People. The American dream to have a good and meaningful life is possible, and hope needs to be ignited and Deval Patrick can do this. Oligarchs compose the elite governing structure for all the world’s countries. This tiny elite oligarch class sick with greed and fight change for the good. change that can end the extreme poverty that million now are born only to be horribly scarified at the oligarch alter of greed. Yes, they are weaponized and dangerous are served and protected by indoctrinated fellow citizens, who they paid well. It is this contrivance that now must be challenged and defeated. They will try in vain prevents the “natural” coming together of the global population into one world government. 73 percent of the US Senate is owned by Multi-Millionaires. All the Supreme Court and the Executive branch cabinet officers are multi-millionaires. These” One percenter has stolen our government. Unless you want you and yours to live under their stinking greedy thumb, radicle change by Constitutionals Convention is needed. Americans have the right to make laws to protect democracy. What is wrong with prohibiting the ultra-rich from taking seats of power. No more than 10 percent of Congress and the other branches of government, should go got millionaires. Deval Patrick worked at Bain, doing socially responsible investments. He has said corporation need to modify their tradition mode of operation to include the social inclusion of the community. We need to limit wealth accumulation and radically expand the money supply and redistribute wealth. It’s time to payback the Blacks for 300 years of slavery. The wealth held by the super-rich is the wealth generated by slaves and under-paid overworked laborers. Snakes like Bloomberg will never make the structural changes to allow for equal opportunity and clean democracy. I hope the rich understand that not all Americans are willing to be “traders to their class”. The “Class Traders” the millions of fundamentalist Christians who vote republican. They are greedy materialist who are paid well to be the gofer class. Being not of the ultra-rich, they choose to oppose the economic interest of the class they are part of. They are the scabs who are paid well by the ultra-rich to staff positions that protect and care for the rich. They are not rational; these traders are stupefied by bible-based lies. They are cowards who fear the reality of final death. Their minds rot with religiosity They are superstitious fools easily manipulated by the rich. These folks do not have the capacity to be the informed rational. citizens required for the “social compact” of democracy to work. How many more young minds must we allowed to be stunted and abused through the false teachings of Fundamentalist indoctrination. Secular Americans will stand behind a leader like Deval Patrick if he has the nerve to strive for the necessary structural changes that cap wealth, radically increase the money supply and redistribute wealth. America can do it all and do it right. We have their production capacity and resources for all to live well It is true what John Lennon sang, imagine the world that could be created if resources were no longer diverted for weapons. Using a reformed market system, we have the ability, the technology and resources to live globally as one people, as a free people. All poverty can be ended globally. No war, no hate. This message itself is one man’s attempt to put the issue on America’s political table by asking Deval Patrick o lead, to at least start, to acknowledge. Please sire show us the “Audacious Vision” that President Obama anointed with. We need your, leadership, ultras rich Oligarchs and autocrats who dismiss messages like this seditious nonsense/. But before that, there will be arrogant silence. Merely a message of political garble, unworthy of being recognized, unworthy of existence. Please Governor Patrick be a leader and acknowledge. No matter what it is a message that is part of a beginning. It is a message of notice that it is on and that they alone, the elite Oligarchs across the globe now prevent the people of the world from starting down that road of real global prosperity in perpetuity. This is wrong and must be challenged. This is a message of challenge seeking acknowledgment already granted by the mere act of doing. It is a clear message. They are the few, we are the many. We are the good, they are the evil. They need to be stopped. We will stop them. Organize. Deval Patrick understands the road I talk about. He knows it is the road that must be and will someday be traversed, the hope is that he is a leader capable and courageous enough to lead jus there

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    • ricky smith
      ricky smith 2 December, 2019, 09:21

      Edward Ryan, please go away. Nobody cares on this site.

      Besides, maybe a little vigilante-ism these days might be a good thing.

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 2 December, 2019, 08:25

    My Browser blew a fuse…..says memory and cloud all used up. Risk of bloodshot eyes….beware.

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    • ricky smith
      ricky smith 2 December, 2019, 09:23

      Yeah, why us? What did we do to deserve this?

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      • Ulysses Uhaul
        Ulysses Uhaul 2 December, 2019, 15:24

        That is why we support Teddy the Sage of CWD, the purifier, the exorcist of tome scribes and assorted irritable types.

        Eddy must have a kale allergy or something.

        Super Prolific!

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