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Posted on September 14 at 10:53 a.m.
Sadly there is a whole lot more to this story than is presented here. Venoco proposed a plan that could have used their existing platform Holly to drill new wells that would have reduced long existing seepage of oil and gas from the Ellwood oil field. There was an opportunity to move the existing onshore treatment plant from it's present location close to neighborhoods in Goleta to the Exxon facility in rural Gaviota. The oil could have traveled along the seabed where it would not be subject to the threat from impacts that an onshore pipeline will be. The County would have collected more revenue, air pollution and beach tar greatly reduced, threat of oil spills reduced, and a dangerous oil facility removed from proximity to Goleta homes. Yet EDC, GOO, CPA, and others killed this proposal. It is a shame when hatred of all thing oil clouds good judgement.
On Pipe Dreams Set to Become Reality
Posted on September 12 at 6:51 a.m.
I truly hope that these economic cheerleaders will be around in a few years when the *hit is in the fan.
On When Will the Economy Recover?
Posted on July 1 at 8:21 a.m.
The debacle that was this project tells us one thing above all. Our County government is not only dysfunctional but is dishonest. A great deal of blood sweat and tears went into defeating the project to "orange countify" our beloved coast. And the County played the role of willing tool for the developer. Until our local officials really represent the people this type of threat can rise again anytime.
On Broken Dreams, Budding Promises
Posted on February 18 at 7:48 a.m.
OK, EDC. You and your "Yes mam" supporters get a second bite at the apple. Let's hope you still aren't bound financially to support PXP in their effort to end the drilling ban in State waters.
On T-Ridge Returns
Posted on January 28 at 8:20 a.m.
Sense Mr. Amerikaner would never lie one must assume that the Bixby Ranch cows are the thirstiest cows on the planet.
On Trouble in Paradise?
Posted on January 26 at 7:51 a.m.
I couldn't disagree with Mr. Smallwood more. On sewerage sludge he mixes the issue of recycling sewer water with the issue of converting the solids in sewer water to energy. Most sewer plants now remove solids from the water and do treat the water making it safe for irrigation. The question is how to dispose of the solids. Yes, they can be essentially burned to make energy. But the process is far from efficient or clean. Given that the solids generally begin as food grown in soil it makes far more sense to return the solids to the soil, completing the food cycle.
On the recycling of plastics, metal, and green waste, etc.,it also makes far more sense to reuse these materials rather than to burn them to produce limited amounts of energy along with copious amounts of air pollution such as dioxins. Currently the County is proposing such a waste to energy facility. It is my opinion that the County's effort is simply another straw man proposal that in reality is going to fail and lead to the continued expansion of the present landfill on the Gaviota Coast, just a few hundred yards from the ocean.
On Better Than Recycling
Posted on December 15 at 8:09 a.m.
Kudos to the folks that made this a reality. A connector to Camino Ciello would allow access to the incredible trail network on Dos Vistas Ranch, trails that the public purchased easements on several years ago but have no access to at present. Camino Ciello also extends to Gaviota Peak. A 3000 foot promontory with awesome views of the coast and Santa Ynez. From there the trail descends to the Gaviota Hot Springs at Los Cruces.
On Baron Ranch Calling All Hikers
Posted on October 1 at 8:59 a.m.
The real monopoly is enjoyed by Santa Barbara County. They control the grave for all our Southcoast and Santa Ynez trash. A coastal canyon a stones throw from the beach, literally. And they promised, promised, that in 15 years they would close the Tajiguas Landfill. Ha, didn't tell us that they were fibbing. That was in 2000. And ask Marborg or Allied if they like driving their neighborhood collection trucks all the way out to the landfill instead of to a transfer station like most other municipalities? And ask the highway litter teams if they like picking up the tons of trash deposited out of the backs of these small trash trucks.
On Let the Trash Wars Begin
Posted on September 3 at 8:53 a.m.
As the economy deflates from the Greenspan housing bubble the construction industry is in terrible trouble. Jobs go to the cheapest contractors, the ones who can cut every corner. Thanks Alan you dried up failure masquerading as an economist.
On Truck Crash Investigation
Posted on July 30 at 8:07 a.m.
What? Shouldn't ride a bike if you don't have health insurance? Maybe people ride a bike because they can't afford either a car OR health insurance. Duh. I have gone down twice on a slippery crossing on Refugio Rd. After numerous complaints to Public Works they replaced the culverts under the crossing so that they could be periodically cleaned by hand. The problem is that most "summer" crossings have culverts under them that clog with winter storm runoff. The County used to clean these culverts with a backhoe each spring. Now they claim that Fish and Game won't allow equipment in the creeks during summer to protect fish. But the fact is these culverts can be cleaned by men with hand tools, shovels to be exact. But no, that would be hard work and County crews don't do that. Instead shovels are for leaning on while they watch power equipment do the work. Meanwhile the "fixed" culvert on Refugio Rd. was plugged again this year until some locals with shovels cleaned it.
On Bicycling + Mossy Road = Broken Hip