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Goleta City Council Talks Ellwood Oil

Staff Plans to Send Letter on Venoco’s Proposal


Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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On Tuesday, the Goleta City Council got a full rundown of the proposal by Venoco, Inc. to re-open the oil wells located adjacent to Sandpiper Golf Course, and the staff assured that a letter would be submitted to the State Lands Commission from the city as part of the ongoing environmental review of the project, known as PRC 421. But while the tone of planner Anne Wells and city attorney Tim Giles suggested that there a number of unanswered questions that remain, the actual wording of the letter wasn’t discussed, nor did the council give any direction or vote on what it should say. That left some in the crowd scratching their heads, including the Environmental Defense Center’s Linda Krop, a Goleta resident who spoke about her specific concerns during the public comment period, but Wells did promise her comments would be “really detailed.” The city’s letter, and all public comments on the 900-page environmental report, are due this Friday.

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No head scratching necessary. Aceves did not want to have a vote on this issue because a majority of Goleta residents would prefer that Venoco (and Bacara) simply disappear. Permitting 421 will extend Venoco's vested rights in the Ellwood facility. Aceves is running for 2nd District Supervisor and needs all the conservatives to vote for him in order to win. Consequently, he can't take a position against oil development. On the other hand, he cannot win with only the conservative vote, so he needs some moderate and liberal votes as well. The moderates and liberals are not all that enamored with Venoco, so Aceves cannot come out as pro-oil. It was much better for him that the item was placed on the agenda in a such a manner to allow him to sit up there on the dias like a Zen monk contemplating the sound of one hand clapping. Ah, Santa Barbara politics, isn't it pretty to watch?

Eckermann (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 4:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There's a whole lot of gas underneath the Bacara, if Venoco doesn't relieve the pressure the Bacara may very well "disappear"!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 4:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So Ken Volok, you are petroleum geologist. I expect to see your paper published in one of the peer reviewed journals any day now. There are things that are matters of opinion (like my comments) and things that matters of fact (like yours). Matters of fact are subject to scientific verification. Otherwise, they are simply worthless utterances to be deposited in dust bins and forgotten.

Eckermann (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 7:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't have to be a petroleum geologist to read the SB Independent and here's some pretty scientific pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27241501...

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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