As a recent resident to the wonderful City of Goleta, I would like to strongly oppose the continual nonconforming use of the Ellwood Onshore Facility by Venoco. As it is widely known, this area has been zoned as recreational, and the processing plant has no business being there. I also am in opposition to Venoco’s desire to reactivate a well next to Haskell’s Beach. It seems to me that the City of Goleta would like to close down the plant but has been persuaded or superseded by the State Lands Commission. I urge news and resource outlets such as The Santa Barbara Independent to inform the public of the impact of oil on our environment and to put pressure on local and state officials to close the plant once and for all. Once an agreement has been reached within the city, Venoco should be given ample time to shut down to minimize loss and to satisfy business interests such as the Chamber of Commerce.


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