Gas and Oil Sludge Removal from Ellwood Marine Terminal

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Ellwood Marine Terminal
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Source: City of Goleta

Work to remove leftover contaminants from the Ellwood Marine Terminal tanks and associated pipelines is underway and anticipated to end early next week.  The Ellwood Marine Terminal is located on the University of California’s property just east of the City of Goleta’s Ellwood Mesa.  The facility was part of Venoco, Inc.’s crude oil operation, but has not been used since 2012.  The University has since taken the lead to ensure the facility is decommissioned and contaminants are removed.  As part of this effort, the tanks will be degassed and pressure washed, with all liquids removed by a vacuum truck.  Contaminants will be transported to a permitted disposal/recycling facility offsite.

The clean-up effort also includes degassing a portion of the pipeline leading from the decommissioned tanks.  Access to the pipeline will take place at a vault located on City of Goleta property, at the southeastern portion of Ellwood Mesa.  The proposed project is permitted by the California Coastal Commission and includes safety controls to prevent spills.  The project does not involve any tree or vegetation removal and will not adversely impact any sensitive biological resources.  Recent surveys determined no monarch butterflies or nesting birds are in the vicinity of the planned work.  There will be no grading, excavation, or ground disturbance to degas and remove sludge from the tanks and pipeline.  Beach access and recreational trails at Ellwood Mesa will remain open during the work.

Questions or concerns about this project can be directed to George Thomson, Parks and Open Space Manager, at 805-961-7578 or [email protected]

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a-1610734147 Jan 15, 2021 10:09 AM
Gas and Oil Sludge Removal from Ellwood Marine Terminal

We walk the pier most evenings and greet the boat and these unsung heroes working in 12 hours shifts / 24 hours a day to do this clean up work at Ellwood and and on platforms deal with "natural seepage" and gas that has nothing to do with human interaction. Estimated at 10,000 gallons a day- puts hundreds of thousands of "car pollution" levels back on the road when it was mitigated with vigilance in the past. Avoid politics and just want these workers acknowledged also for their devotion to a safe and clean coastline. These are State-funded people now--with revenue lost to State and agreements which will cease soon. Then what? Politics over science.

a-1610729779 Jan 15, 2021 08:56 AM
Gas and Oil Sludge Removal from Ellwood Marine Terminal

This process has been going on for several months, with big tanker trucks going up and down Venoco Road to Storke. There must have been quite a bit of oil, gas and sludge. One of the workers told us that once the petroleum products are safely removed, the tanks will be taken down piece by piece as they are contaminated. It is quite a long process of removing a tank farm safely.

Youngndumb Jan 14, 2021 01:59 PM
Gas and Oil Sludge Removal from Ellwood Marine Terminal

Someone better call up the plover woman who patrols not 1000' from this location!!! Should I get greenpeace onboard too?! Meh, whatever... not like the big campus next door cared about ocean ghettos and its natural boundaries...

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