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GAD-NO Agreement
updated: Feb 11, 2014, 3:50 PM

Source: Law Office of Marc Chytilo

GAD-NO, the community group concerned with the Southern California Gas Company's La Goleta Storage Field Enhancement Project has reached an agreement with the project applicant and withdrawn its appeal to the Coastal Commission.

The Agreement provides for a more robust oversight and monitoring process for the County's conditions of approval through the applicant's voluntary participation in the County's Environmental Quality Assurance Program (EQAP), and a process for pursuing future upgrades to some of the existing equipment at the facility.

"This is a good neighbor agreement to provide mechanisms and a process to address some of the most important issues to GAD-NO and the community" explained GAD-NO's attorney, Marc Chytilo. "This facility is not going away, despite its potential to impact the community. GAD- NO elected to forgo its appeal before the Coastal Commission in exchange for enhanced oversight of the County's conditions, which focused heavily on noise, visual impacts, cultural and biological resources. The applicant will work with the community to identify the existing equipment of the greatest concern and expedite upgrades to the extent they can, including public safety review. We believe this is a reasonable accommodation of competing interests and we are encouraged by the Gas Company's desire to work constructively with their neighbors."

The Coastal Commission was scheduled to hear this item on Wednesday morning in Pismo Beach as part of its monthly hearings. The project involves new wells on the Gas Company property next to Goleta Beach. The new wells will tap a new, lower formation and remove gas that is there, then in the future use that reservoir as an enlarged storage reservoir for natural gas. The project was approved by the County Board of Supervisors at a hearing in June 2013, but the approval only became effective after the Coastal Commission approved Local Coastal Plan changes to accommodate the project.

 

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