Santa Barbara County Action Network recently received an $8,000 grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara to review Santa Maria Energy’s proposal to drill more than 100 new onshore oil wells between Lompoc and Orcutt.

“Santa Barbara County Action Network is trying to assist local community groups and their members to better understand and know how to participate in reducing the impact of this type of project,” said Ken Hough, SB CAN executive director.

SB CAN is part of the North County Oil Coalition which includes the Environmental Defense Center, PUEBLO, Get Oil Out! and the Los Padres Sierra Club. It was formed to review the oil company’s proposal and its enhanced drilling technique called “cyclic steam injection” (also referred to as “huff and puff” or “steam soaking”) which is somewhat similar to “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing).

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