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172-Foot Gas Rig Now Towering Above Goleta

There’ll be a 172-foot rig towering above Goleta Beach for the next three months, as the most visible part of the Southern California Gas Company’s expansion of La Goleta Gas Storage facility is underway. The rig, which was installed 11/3, can be seen across the Goleta Valley and will be lit at night so airplanes don’t hit it. It’s part of the project to add 3 billion to 5 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage capacity to the field’s existing 21.5 billion cubic feet, which sits in a 300-foot-thick layer of porous sandstone about 4,000 feet below the surface.

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