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Posted on June 6 at 11:31 a.m.
What the 6/4 Emergency Permit Application for Crude Oil Trucking ExxonMobil - Las Flores Canyon Santa Ynez Unit Facility says:
"(the shutdown of the Plains pipeline) constitutes an emergency because continued oil and gas production at the SYU facilty is needed to maintain essential public services. Natural gas produced by the SYU facility is provided to the So Cal Gas Company for distribution to the public throughout the region. The minimum daily production of gas from the SYU facility is sufficient to service the entire residentical region of SB County and this is a critical component of So Cal. Gas' ability to provide adequate natural gas supply for public consumption. If temporary trucking is not authorized, a full shut down of the SYU facility may be necessary within the next 30 days. At that point, all natural gas production and provision to the public utility system would cease. It is our view that this condition would jeopardize the ability to maintain essential public services as described above. ...All known environmental impacts...will be mitigated to the maximum extent feasible. ...Once the All American Pipeline is returned to regular operation, all trucking activity would immediately cease." (and 145 more pages of attachments.)
A full shut down "may be necessary", EXXON says, and also it is not clear that the natural gas produced here goes directly to Santa Barbara/SCGas customers, whether there is flexibility in the supply so that when one source is temporarily unavailable, others take its place.
It is understandable that it is their view to continue production, but Mr. Francisco would agree, I hope, that there are other views, that there are or may be other possibilities that need to be looked at before embarking on truck transport, heavy truck transport on a highway that is heavily travelled.
May the County examine those other views and solutions and not make a precipitous decision.
On After the Spill
Posted on November 14 at 2:53 p.m.
Where is this trial? This is outrageous!!! And, SBSleuth99, since you say this is not the whole story, what is?
On Teacher on Trial
Posted on November 11 at 12:38 p.m.
10 isn't exactly much of a pool but it certainly shows how little respect is given government. There are too many who dismiss all politicians as "corrupt" and justify that negativity by saying they don't want to read anything about it or do anything for the common good.
For sure, some, as those you interviewed, can't afford to put in the time; others of us are put off by those who are so clearly in local politics for themselves (see some of the SB council and those who were wanna-bes.) But it's up to the rest of us to care and participate. We do get the government we deserve and it is often a mirror image of ourselves.
It also shows what a gap there is when there is no community newspaper. Ignorance flourishes when there is no news.
Thanks for the survey!
On Goleta's Future Coming Soon
Posted on November 5 at 10:06 a.m.
Who wrote this story? Usually, Indy stories have by-lines. Where can one see all the proposed changes? Is there a printed copy at the library? --- it's difficult to read this sort of detail online (and the city has spent so much on the changes to the General Plan, the least they can do is provide hard copies.)
It seems to me that a buffer that is flexible is no buffer at all.
And what does it mean, "Goleta is the transition from urban to open space" -- Goleta by definition is urban and has a responsibility to protect the creeks and watersheds in its boundaries for the benefit of surrounding open space - and its residents.
On Balancing Act