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Thursday, March 21, 2013
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I am a long-time fan of Nick Welsh’s Angry Poodle Barbeque. However, last week’s column included a reference to our organization that requires correcting.

Our name is Stop Oil Seeps, or SOS California. The world’s second largest natural oil seeps ooze about 9,000 gallons of oil into the ocean daily along an 80-mile stretch of the Santa Barbara County coast, negatively impacting wildlife and polluting air, water, and beaches. Our goal is to inform the public that there is a solution unique to this area – to drill (I said it) for oil to clean up the environment and provide a financial bridge to our renewable future.

We may appear to be “particularly weird” for Santa Barbara, but as the commercial says, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.” Studies show, and many experts agree, this does! Check us out online at


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Oh, this is a busy week for Ms. Alice Green; she chimes in over here with some of the same DRILLBABYDRILLisms:

As is said also over there, SOS California is drilling deep for their authorities:

"Surfrider Foundation has a dim opinion of SOSCalifornia ("Dr. Luyendyk is more than a little upset with SOS’s liberal interpretation of his work..."), and the speculation that DRILL BABY DRILL solves the seepage problem:

" Myth 4: Increased offshore oil production will reduce natural seepage.
The Truth: Increased offshore drilling has not been proven to decrease seepage and could actually increase seepage. (See Below) The suggestion that increased oil production will reduce natural seepage is based on the misinterpretation of a single study that reported a 50% reduction in seepage between 1973 and 1995 in a 1 km2 area immediately around Platform Holly (Quigley et al. 1999).

The study’s authors propose that this decrease is a result of oil production at Platform Holly but caution that their evaluation is limited by a small study area and thus that a “change in seep distribution farther from Holly is unknown.” There is no evidence of an overall decline in seepage in the greater Coal Oil Point seep field. The decline attributed to drilling is too limited relative to the entire seep field to conclude that increased drilling will result in decreased seepage (Ger 2003).

Furthermore, no significant changes in seepage between 1996 and 1999 have been found (Luyendyk and Egland 2001, as cited in Del Sontro 2006) even though oil production continued. In fact, drilling practices may increase seepage. A common practice in oil production is the injection of fluids or gas created during production back into reservoirs in order to maintain pressure to force more oil and gas out. This practice can contribute to natural seepage.

For example, one of the stated impacts of the recently proposed Venoco Ellwood Full Field Development Project is increased natural oil and gas seepage as a result of waste water reinjection into formations that contribute to natural seepage (DEIR p. 4.1-27). Accidents due to oil production can also increase seepage. For instance, seepage in the vicinity of Platform A is attributed to a blowout caused by well drilling which resulted in fissures forming on the sea floor and expelling oil (Wilkinson 1973)." "

djfranchise (anonymous profile)
March 21, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Basically if we want more tourist friendly beaches drill for oil is the crux of the argument.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 21, 2013 at 1:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And that theory certainly played out in 1969!

discoboy (anonymous profile)
March 21, 2013 at 6:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You have to admit it's a valiant effort. Thankfully not everyone is afraid of the natural world.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 21, 2013 at 6:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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