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Oil Initiative Duel

Carp Councilmembers spar over Paredon project. Read story.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

PXP and EDC: A Grand Plan

This agreement and the new measures added to it by State Lands will lead to the end of oil development off the Santa Barbara County coast. Read story.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Shouting 'No' to Oil

Venoco initiative blistered as assault on local control. Read story.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Council Defers Paredon Decision

Absent councilmember delays Carp's official stance on the proposed drilling project. Read story.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Oil vs. Parks

Arnold says he’ll cut funding for parks unless T-Ridge is approved. Read story.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Venoco Drilling Looms Large

With Venoco Energy recently gathering enough citizen signatures in support of the Paredon slant-drilling initiative to bypass Carpinteria's traditional review process, the City Council called an emergency meeting on the subject this week. Read story.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tranquillon Re-tapped

Less than a year after the California State Lands Commission denied a proposal by Plains Exploration Company (PXP) to extend an offshore oil lease located at Tranquillon Ridge-a rich oil deposit located beneath the ocean's floor near Point Conception-a new proposal by Sunrise/ExxonMobil to slant drill from Vandenberg Air Force Base was discussed in an informational session at the State Lands Commission hearing in Long Beach on Tuesday afternoon. Read story.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Carp Voters to Decide Fate of Oil Project

The measure could go on a ballot as soon as 2010. Read story.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Platform Holly Spills Oil Off Santa Barbara Coast

One barrel of crude was estimated to have been spilled early on Monday morning. Read story.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Venoco Proposes Ditching Barge

Environmentalists and the City of Goleta mull a possible new Ellwood Pipeline. Read story.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Venoco Proposes Ditching Ellwood Barge for New Pipeline

The switch poses various pros and cons to the company, to Goleta, and to the environment. Read story.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Goleta's Anti-Drilling Resolution Back to the Drawing Board

After passionate commentary by pro and con factions, the Goleta City Council opted to change language in a resolution to support the moratorium on offshore drilling. Read story.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

City Council Votes Against Expanded Offshore Oil

Looking to spitshine the South Coast's recently tarnished environmental legacy, the Santa Barbara City Council took on the issue of offshore oil drilling this week, declaring unequivocally in an official resolution to all who might listen that they are against any new oil and gas leases in the waters off our shores. Read story.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Santa Barbara County's Historic Oil Drilling Reversal to Be Short-Lived

Both 3rd District candidates oppose last week's Board of Supervisors' vote. Read story.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Santa Barbara Eyes Black Gold

Board of supervisors asks Gov. Schwarzenegger to lift oil drilling moratorium. Read story.

Originally published 12:18 a.m., August 27, 2008
Updated 2:00 p.m., August 27, 2008

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