Dozens of concerned South Coast citizens turned out Tuesday night to a scoping hearing about a proposed Venoco oil project along Carpinteria’s coast. The Paradon Project calls for the construction of a 175-foot-tall oil rig along the Carpinteria bluff tops that would harvest an estimated 23.5 million barrels of crude oil and 43 billion cubic feet of natural gas by drilling down and out toward the ocean floor. While some speakers mentioned possible positive impacts of the project, the majority were opposed, citing the monstrous size of the rig, the likely impacts on nearby property values, and numerous environmental and health risks.

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