Summerland Oil Cleanup Begins

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Source: Heal The Ocean

Just in time for Election Day, comes the moment we’ve been long waiting for, the capping of the two worst oil wells leaking off Summerland Beach: Treadwell & NorthStar.

On November 1, 2020, THE DANNY C commercial dive workboat, captained by Danny Castagnola, will arrive off Summerland, near Treadwell, a leaking well 300 feet offshore. After the workboat anchors, commercial divers hired by InterAct, of Ventura, under contract with the California State Lands Commission (SLC), will begin working with jetting tools to fully expose the wellhead for capping.

On November 8th or 9th, the Curtin Barge from Long Beach will arrive, loaded with all equipment necessary to cap the leaking well. Workers will place pipe pile over the wellhead and then drive the pipe into the ocean floor and right up to impermeable bedrock to encapsulate the wellhead. Each pipe pile will be cleaned out and pumped full of cement, which will act as a barrier to migration of hydrocarbons. The final step will be the welding of a steel plate on the top of the pipe pile, a secondary barrier to hydrocarbon migration.

The crews will then move closer to the beach, to NorthStar, 130 feet offshore, and repeat the process to cap that well. According to SLC Chief of External Affairs, the entire operation should take up to two weeks.

Heal the Ocean Advisory Board member Harry Rabin of On the Wave Research div., has been working closely with the InterAct engineers Mike Giuliani and Eric Kroh to map out the operation, with Harry’s topside and underwater pictures helping to locate the well infrastructure beneath the Summerland sand.

Mike Giuilani, Harry Rabin & Eric Kroh


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a-1604357240 Nov 02, 2020 02:47 PM
Summerland Oil Cleanup Begins

The entire pile drive of one well is 92' deep but the cap is around 18' and the other is also 92' deep with the cap around 6' deep. 

Minibeast Nov 02, 2020 05:43 PM
Summerland Oil Cleanup Begins

How wonderful. This will not only clean up the beach but also save many marine animals. Thank you to all who worked so hard to get this going. Much appreciate your undertaking this project and keeping our beach environment safe.

gnusman Nov 03, 2020 10:03 AM
Summerland Oil Cleanup Begins

An ongoing saga of fixing abandoned oil wells, and since the companies are defunct, we the taxpayers are picking up the tab ... unless Heal the Ocean has other information on that.
Yet another reason to transition to renewable energy sources.

kane kena Nov 03, 2020 10:42 AM
Summerland Oil Cleanup Begins

"Yay!" and thanks to all who made this happen. And to think that after all that, all it takes is two weeks' work onsite (plus lots of prep I'm sure).

Crystalandmaui Nov 03, 2020 11:32 AM
Summerland Oil Cleanup Begins

Hurray, been waiting for this, no more oily shoes and feet and the smell.
It would be nice to stay at our own beach area.

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