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Venoco Denies Acidizing
updated: Feb 14, 2014, 11:58 AM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

The Independent is reporting that Venoco, the Carpinteria-based oil company, has denied using matrix acidizing off Platform Holly off the Goleta Coast.

"Venoco does not hydraulically fracture or matrix acidize any wells on Platform Holly," said Venoco spokesperson Lisa Rivas in an email to The Santa Barbara Independent. Instead, she explained, "Acid has been used to clean the well bores drilled from Platform Holly for several decades. This is a process that has been used in onshore and offshore oil wells around the world for generations."

This is being reported just days after the Environmental Defense Center released this statement showing that since 2006 "... Venoco, Inc. has used acidization at least ten times from Platform Holly, two miles off the coast of Goleta and the campus of U.C. Santa Barbara."

The EDC describes acidization as a risky well stimulation technique in which hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acid are pumped down a wellbore to ease the release of oil and gas. It involves the use of some of the most hazardous industrial chemicals to stimulate oil production

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The Environmental Defense Center announced the results of an investigation determining that since 2006 alone, Venoco, Inc. has used acidization at least ten times from Platform Holly. (02/12/14)
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