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Posted on February 19 at 11:54 a.m.
Any geologist can tell you that this ranch, like all the ranches in the foothills, does not sit on a pocket of ground water. Rather water runs underneath it from higher to lower. Essentially the ranch is entitled to what rain water soaks into the aquifer from their 780 acres. It would be highly unlikely that more than a small fraction of that rain water penetrates through to soil and rock to the deep aquifer. Hence most of the water is not theirs to begin with. If this goes to court it could set an interesting precedent. There are several large ranches in the area that have drilled deep wells and horizontal wells that tap water that is not theirs.
On Lamentations of a Dog Denied
Posted on December 18 at 12:38 p.m.
The City of Goleta inherited this mess from the County. The County allowed Exxon in the late 80s to site a huge oil processing facility in Los Flores Canyon between El Capitan and Refugio State Parks. It was called a 'Consolidated Facility' and was to be where all the oil and gas from the Gaviota area was processed and pumped out via pipeline. Unfortunately Exxon never wanted to share the facility and made the 'rent' so high no one else, like Venoco, can afford to use it. The County, always gun shy of lawsuits, has declined to enforce the provisions of the Consolidated Facility Ordinance and the terms of their agreement with Exxon. And to top it off Venoco recently installed a pipeline to Los Flores for it's processed oil to be shipped via the Exxon Facility pipeline to La and SF. If anyone is to blame, it is squarely the County.
On State Lands Approves Ellwood Oil Well
Posted on November 18 at 12:04 p.m.
Wilderness is great but that said it does complicate the job of fighting wild fires. Something we all know all to well here in Santa Barbara.
On No Extra Wilderness for Los Padres
Posted on November 10 at 2:22 p.m.
Lloyd is the 'got-to-guy' for impossibly difficult projects. Once a surveyor for Penfield and Smith, he saw where the real money is......developing consultant. He was Osgoods main man in the fiasco of the Naples Development that went belly up.
On Drought Emergency Persists Despite Trick-or-Treat Rains
Posted on October 8 at 5:42 p.m.
This measure, if passed, is a serious money maker for the lawyers on both sides. It really is a shame that all the money spent and that will be spent couldn't be spent on something real. Like affordable mass transit. Safer bike routes, and many other ways to reduce oil consumption. The truth is Measure P is a utter waste of money and energy. Fracking never was or will be a threat to Santa Barbara's water. Flaming tap water is just chicken little BS.
On Dodging Measure P Oil Slicks
Posted on September 18 at 6:56 p.m.
He may be a slum lord but hitting him with bogus "administrative fees" is flat wrong. They could sue him, or his tenants could sue him but the fees are not the way to go to punish him.
On Pini Sues Carpinteria
Posted on August 29 at 1:45 p.m.
I am curious to hear the authors take on the new County plan to digest food and yard waste in digesters to make gas used to power generators. The by product would then be composted into a soil amendment. Would the resultant compost be better than traditional compost? Or less so?
Posted on August 28 at 11:47 a.m.
There is great irony in this project. Environmental groups like Gaviota Coast Conservancy and Surfrider have been fighting the mansionization of the Gaviota Coast for years. Often finding the County less than helpful in this endeavor. Now, in large part because the Gaviota Coast has so few residents, the County feels it can site a huge industrial garbage processing and disposal project there. If there were a few hundred mansions in the vicinity of this monstrous facility you can be sure it wouldn't happen. Damned if you do....and damned if you don't. Thanks County.
On Trashy Summer Reading on Tajiguas Landfill
Posted on June 26 at 8:46 a.m.
Jackson's and Krop's hypocrisy is breathtaking. The claimed benefits of the PXP Project were just smoke and mirrors. But the real benefit was hundreds of thousands of oil dollars paid to EDC and Jackson by PXP.
On Teeing Off on Tranquillon Ridge
Posted on April 24 at 9:22 a.m.
A couple of points of clarity. First, fracking will never be used from Holly and not likely from any other local off shore platform. The shale under our area is already fractured by natural geologic processes. Venoco should have been required to process their sour crude oil and gas at the Los Flores Consolidated Facility. The only reason it is not doing so is because Exxon wants to much 'rent' from Venoco for the use of that facility. The County could have and should have demanded a fair tariff to allow Venoco to use the Exxon facility but declined. The problem never was 'capacity' at Los Flores. Also the pipeline from Holly should have been sub-sea to Los Flores. Much easier to install and far less risky. Had this been done Mr. Bennett's dream would now be a reality, the Venoco onshore property would be a Goleta park.
On Sweet Crude on the Seashore