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Aera plans to drill 296 oil wells near Santa Maria

By   /  Friday, August 21st, 2015  /  Central Coast, Energy, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Aera plans to drill 296 oil wells near Santa Maria

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Goleta will allow Venoco to transport oil using trucks

By   /  Wednesday, August 19th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Goleta will allow Venoco to transport oil using trucks

The city of Goleta issued a notice of decision to Venoco on Aug. 17 that denied an emergency permit application to transport oil using trucks but deemed the work consistent under the existing Ellwood Onshore Facility operating permit and Safety, Inspection, Maintenance and Quality Assurance Plan. Venoco will evacuate crude oil from tanks and pipelines Read More →

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3 months after oil spill, Santa Barbara region recovering

By   /  Friday, August 14th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, South Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on 3 months after oil spill, Santa Barbara region recovering

  Even though Plains All American Pipeline underestimated the extent of the Refugio oil spill, Santa Barbara businesses and residents are feeling less of a sting than expected since the rupture fouled the Gaviota coastline and its wildlife about three months ago. Plains, the Houston-based oil company responsible for the spill, said in a quarterly Read More →

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Venoco asks Goleta for permission to move two truckloads of oil per day

By   /  Tuesday, July 28th, 2015  /  Energy, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Venoco asks Goleta for permission to move two truckloads of oil per day

Venoco has asked the city of Goleta for emergency authority to move two truckloads per day of oil from its Ellwood facility to Santa Maria for the next 17 days. Venoco said it was making the request so that lines and other facilities could be cleared in order to complete mandatory inspections. Venoco said it Read More →

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Proposed peaker plant in Oxnard bad idea because of flood vulnerability

By   /  Friday, July 24th, 2015  /  Energy, Op/Eds, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Proposed peaker plant in Oxnard bad idea because of flood vulnerability

Reliability is the key point emphasized in the Pacific Coast Business Times editorial July 17 (Oxnard peaker plant should be approved). During the CPUC evidentiary hearings held in May regarding the NRG proposal, the city of Oxnard provided proof based on state of the art scientific evidence that storm surge patterns and sea level rise Read More →

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Alternative proposed to prevent peaker plant along Oxnard coast

By   /  Friday, July 24th, 2015  /  Columns, Energy, Latest news, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Alternative proposed to prevent peaker plant along Oxnard coast

One of the biggest stories in Ventura County these days is the debate over the so-called “peaker plant” proposed by independent power producer NRG to replace a couple of aging power stations along the Oxnard coastline. And, when the Business Times editorialized in favor of building a peaker plant on July 17, we clearly created Read More →

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Refugio oil spill shows companies haven’t learned lesson after 46 years

By   /  Friday, July 17th, 2015  /  Columns, Energy  /  Comments Off on Refugio oil spill shows companies haven’t learned lesson after 46 years

Why does our collective memory seem so short? The gorgeous coast where we live and work was despoiled by a massive oil spill 46 years ago and we vowed never to let it happen again. That was in 1969, when a Union Oil Co. platform six miles off the Santa Barbara County coast suffered a Read More →

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