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State Lands Commission Delays Decision
updated: Apr 25, 2014, 9:50 AM


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Source: City of Goleta

On Wednesday, April 23, the California State Lands Commission considered the Venoco PRC 421 Recommissioning Project and Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The project proposes to restart production of oil and gas at the offshore lease PRC 421 using two existing piers, located partially within the City of Goleta on Haskell's Beach. City residents, environmental groups, and Anne Wells, the City's Advance Planning Manager, were in attendance at the hearing.

After a staff presentation and public testimony, the Commissioners, via their voting surrogates, directed staff to conduct more studies and recirculate the EIR. Staff was specifically requested to provide a full evaluation of the Las Flores Canyon alternative, conduct additional analyses of oil field repressurization and related risks, and re-evaluate the regulatory feasibility of utilizing the Ellwood Onshore Facility in the City for oil and gas processing.

For more information, contact Eric Gillies at the CSLC at (916) 574-1897 or eric.gillies@slc.ca.gov. The EIR and additional information can be found here: www.slc.ca.gov.

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