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Posted on May 22 at 12:15 p.m.
Nick's article is good reporting but hardly 'investigative'. That the Plains pipeline was under State/Federal monitoring should be common knowledge. One thing Nick failed to mention is that Plains and the company that owns and operates the four platforms off of Point Conception, PXP, were one and the same a few years ago. And that PXP was at the center of a controversial proposal to drill horizontally into State Tidelands from an aging Federal Platform Irene off shore of Vandenburg. PXP's proposal was vigorously supported by EDC, who crafted the deal with PXP (behind closed doors), GOO, CEC, and other environmental groups as well as virtually all local politicians. The 'Deal' was killed by the State Lands Commission when member John Garamendie voted against it. Moral....be careful who you crawl into bed with.
On [UPDATE]: Huge Oversight Gap on Refugio Pipeline in Santa Barbara County
Posted on April 3 at 11:36 a.m.
What an incredible waste of taxpayer money. Rather than prohibit building on questionable land why not let the landowner rebuild with a deed restriction the indemnifies the City from any responsibility should the home slide down the hill. Put the onus on the owner, not the City.
On Court Says Homeowners Can Rebuild
Posted on March 19 at 10 a.m.
While it's great that Gibraltar Rd gets fixed how about Refugio Road? Public Works said it was highest on the list decades ago and all they do is cold patch the old potholes. I doubt if 20% of the original road surface is still visible. The rest is patches.
On Gibraltar Road Closing for Major Repairs
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?