Pixel Tracker

Friday, February 15 , 2019, 3:23 pm | Light Rain Fog/Mist 54º

 
 
 
 

Judy Rossiter: Expanded Drilling Good for Environment, Good for City Budget

Raising offshore production would lead to reduced natural-gas seepage — and increased revenue.

SOS California supports the request for expansion of Venoco’s Platform Holly’s permitted drilling area into the expanded adjacent leases as referenced in the Draft Environmental Impact Report recently submitted to the California State Lands Commission.

“The expanded drilling areas from Platform Holly provides the opportunity for additional seepage reductions near Coal Oil Point, which is one of the most prolific natural oil and gas seepage zones in the world,” SOS co-founder Bruce Allen said. 

SOS California, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Barbara dedicated to educating the public on the environmental effects of pollution caused by natural gas and oil seepage, offers peer-reviewed published studies from UCBS that Platform Holly’s oil and gas production has resulted in significant seepage reductions in the area surrounding Platform Holly and has operated safely for decades.

The seep areas around Platform Holly are also among the largest reactive organic compound (ROC) air pollution sources in Goleta and Santa Barbara.

“Each year, the APCD estimates oil and gas seeps offshore Santa Barbara County contribute 6,000 tons of ROC’s to the county’s air, while all transportation vehicles in the county contribute approximately 4,800 tons,” Allen said.

This proposed expanded production would benefit the environment, provide California with additional needed energy resources and provide the state, county and city governments with additional tax revenues to fund needed programs. 

SOS understands that there are a number of important issues with respect to how the expected increased onshore processing of the oil and gas produced from Platform Holly should be handled.

We strongly encourage that these issues be resolved in a way that allows the expanded oil and gas production to go forward.

“There are significant benefits to be gained by reducing the seepage that should not be ignored,” Allen says. “The impact to the marine environment and coastal communities from reductions in seepage is in the long-term public interest and is a benefit that needs to be considered.”

“It’s important for the Goleta and Santa Barbara coastal communities to better understand the adverse air and marine impacts that these offshore natural oil seeps — the second-largest in the world — have on the community’s air and water quality,” SOS board member Jim Nelson said. “With proper understanding of the pollution caused by this seepage, the community is bound to look hard and fast for a solution, which could create a new [surprising] perspective on expanded offshore oil and gas production in the Santa Barbara Channel.”

— Judy Rossiter represents SOS California.

Talk to Us!

Please take Noozhawk's audience survey to help us understand what you expect — and want — from us. It'll take you just a few minutes. Thank you!

Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.