Venoco Applies for Emergency Trucking Permit

Oil Company Wants to Remove 5,500 Barrels of Crude from Ellwood Onshore Facility

Venoco submitted last month an emergency permit application to the City of Goleta to transport 34 truckloads of oil over 17 days from its Ellwood Onshore Facility to a location about 50 miles north. The letter argues that 5,500 barrels of stored crude must be removed due to “time-sensitive inspections and maintenance” necessary for the “safety” of its equipment. Goleta spokesperson Valerie Kushnerov said there is not a prescribed timeline for when city staff has to grant or deny the permits. A public comment period will take place at City Hall on 8/13 at 6 p.m.

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