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Posted on February 14 at 7:02 p.m.

I don't have any little bottles of oil to send to State senators, but I will use every utterance of the name Greka to remind the public that Greka is pumping oil out of a facility in the Pacific Ocean called Rincon Island. It is the small man-made island, just south of Carpinteria, that is visible in the water while driving along US Highway 101. One spill of the type that happens routinely in Santa Barbara would be devastating to surfers, beachgoers, birds, dolphins and other aquatic animals.

On Clean Water 39 Years Later

Posted on February 13 at 12:51 p.m.

They need to establish better guidelines near man made islands and piers. Simply changing the law from 75 feet to 300 feet of such structures would improve lobster numbers throughout California. Out here is Mussel Shoals off of Rincon Island the lobster numbers are decreasing every year.

On Bren School Scientists, Fisherman Examine Marine Reserves

Posted on February 11 at 7:57 p.m.

Well, the way it's written, Greka is telling the truth for once. The party responsible for the spill had an insider's knowlege of the oil industry. That's because Greka's employees spilled it. I suppose when it became apparent that Greka would not be able to blame random "vandals" or "saboteurs", the best way to cover its own incompetence would be to blame some mystery outsider who had knowlege of Greka's operations. So who else but a current or former Greka employee?

Either way, Greka has again painted itself into a corner on this one. Now that there are mysterious agents wrecking Greka's equipment, I think Greka needs to spend significant extra money guarding all of it's facilities, starting with Rincon Island in Mussel Shoals. The Island is completey unmanned at night, with only a fence blocking the entryway to the island. Being an oil drilling operation in the Pacific Ocean, this is clearly a terrorist target and not necessarily just eco-terrorists. I think the Island needs to be staffed around the clock and a security guard should be present. Of course, I've always thought this, but Greka has now given us an additional reason that this must be implemented immediately. If you'd like to see this done, Mr. Paul Thayer of the State Lands Commission is always receptive to public input. Call him at (916)574-1800.

On Greka Finds Evidence of Sabotage

Posted on February 1 at 11:53 p.m.

I live in Mussel Shoals where the Rincon Island facility remains shut down. The State Lands Commission gave the go ahead weeks ago to do repairs but Greka either lacks the money or the incentive to fix the bridge and resume operations. Non-operation of the facility is a basis for the State of California, which owns the land being drilled, to terminate Greka's lease. I do agree with Greka on one thing; comparitively far too much attention is being paid to Greka's facilites in Santa Barbara County when regulators should be scrutinizing the facilities in Ventura County, all of which either lie near or in the Pacific Ocean.

While I do feel sorry for the workers, it should be noted that if the facilites are not safe to run, they really do deserve to be shut down. On the other hand, if the facilities can be made safe, it will only be a matter of time before Greka sells off the facilities through the Bankruptcy Court and another operator, hopefully one not so cheap, will resume operations. The workers will be rehired if the oil can be safely pumped at a profit. At near $100 a barrel, that is a near certainty. I have seen three changes in management at the Rincon Island facility and every time the very same workers get their jobs back.

I think the death knell has been sounded for Greka. Randeep Grewal has sought to distance himself and his publically traded Green Dragon Gas, which was built upon the "success" of Greka, from the recent troubles. So a "new" president is picked who is not so new at all when you see that he's been Greka's CFO for at least the last five years. Within days of his "Greka Green" initiative the "new" guy now lashes out at Santa Barbara County and threatens to sue the County for 'discrimination', as if Greka would ever stand a chance of prevailing given that both State and Federal governement agencies echo the County's concerns. Brilliant idea. Next time I'm caught speeding, I'll just threaten to sue the police department because everyone else was going just as fast.

Now Greka hangs its own loyal employees out there as pawns in the process. Disgusting. Had Greka just spent the money on clean-up and making amends, rather than hiring a slew of lawyers, ex-FBI agents and dubious spokespersons who make outlandish claims and threaten retribution, Greka just might have stood a chance at getting its act together. Good riddance Greka. Case closed.

On Greka Threatens to Lay Off 100 Workers

Posted on January 5 at 1:49 p.m.

What you mean is the report of the spill came less than 24 hours later. It probably happened when the facility was unstaffed because Greka sent all of it's emploees down to the town hall meeting to applaud Michael Jackson's criminal attorney. Thankfully, Rincon Island remains shut down this weekend during the storms. I suspect that things happen at Rincon as well and no one knows. Unlike Greka's private facilities, the State can just shut this one down if it likes. It's a State lease. But, hey, the State of California gets a whopping couple hunderd grand a year. What's that going to be next to the inevitible clean up costs?

On No Really, Greka Spills Again

Posted on January 4 at 4:53 a.m.

Mike Stoker is pretty stupid in the position's he's taking regarding Greka. In my experience, the State and local agencies have been pretty even handed with Greka. It has been difficult at times to get any action on complaints. Now Stoker is lashing out against the regulatory agencies, effectively blaming them for signing off of the equipment that caused the spills. How idiotic. Now the inspectors will cut Greka no slack at all and try to save their own ass by citing everything imaginable. Here in Mussel Shoals, they FINALLY shut down Rincon Island a day before the hearings due to bridge damage ... an example of how it's safer to err on the side of caution for an inspector looking out for his own job. And why shouldn't they? If the coming storms took out the already exposed oil pipe, Mike would blame the State for having been aware of it and leaving the island operating. So thanks Mike! Skunk-at-the-garden-party indeed.

On Fallout from the Atomic Dog

Posted on January 4 at 2:20 a.m.

It's just poor wording. Oviously all phones are electrically powered. Even the crank ones you refer to. Phones used to, and still do, get power over the telephone line. However, many or most of the current phones you buy with the integrated answering machine, or wireless phones, have to be powered by a wall outlet. When the power goes those phones become useless. Most people should have a backup for just such a circumstance. A phone requiring no external power can be had from Fry's Electronics for well under ten dollars. Also, most people now have and rely upon cell phones which will work for quite awhile before power is restored.

On Wet, Fierce Weather Predicted for California

Posted on December 29 at 7:43 p.m.

Residents of Santa Barbara County are lucky to even have local agencies on their side enough to cite the violations in the first place. I live in Mussel Shoals where Greka maintains an oil drilling island. The island is run by druggies on crystal meth. Safety violations abound. The bridge right now has a giant hole in it from the recent storm. Nothing is being fixed. The prior manager, Bill Yates, left after decades running the place when Greka took over because he did not want to be responsible for safety. The local fire department and the State Lands Commission do practically nothing when it comes to saftey violations brought to their attention. They claim they have no jurisdiction over having the island manned at all times in order to attend to constant audible alarms. They claim they cannot enforce drug testing. The fire department claims the land is "private property" and they can do nothing. Barbed wires and electrical wires dangle onto a PUBLIC shoreline as I write this. Greka has talked the fire department into thinking that the island is somehow under the protection of "homeland security". What a crock. If the island is a terrorist target, it surely should not be shoddily run by meth heads.

On Seasons Greeting From Chairman Nava

Posted on December 29 at 7:37 p.m.

Residents of Santa Barbara County are lucky to even have local agencies on their side enough to cite the violations in the first place. I live in Mussel Shoals where Greka maintains an oil drilling island. The island is run by druggies on crystal meth. Safety violations abound. The bridge right now has a giant hole in it from the recent storm. Nothing is being fixed. The prior manager, Bill Yates, left after decades running the place when Greka took over because he did not want to be responsible for safety. The local fire department and the State Lands Commission do practically nothing when it comes to saftey violations brought to their attention. They claim they have no jurisdiction over having the island manned at all times in order to attend to constant audible alarms. They claim they cannot enforce drug testing. The fire department claims the land is "private property" and they can do nothing. Barbed wires and electrical wires dangle onto a PUBLIC shoreline as I write this. Greka has talked the fire department into thinking that the island is somehow under the protection of "homeland security". What a crock. If the island is a terrorist target, it surely should not be shoddily run by meth heads.

On Another Greka Leak

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