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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
The California Public Utilities Commission held a relatively rare session in Oxnard on July 15 to weigh the pros and cons of replacing aging power stations at Mandalay Beach with a new peaker plant to be operated by NRG. This has been a contentious issue. The city of Oxnard doesn’t like it, the social justice Read More →
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The city of Santa Barbara is looking to add some legal muscle as battle lines are drawn against its behemoth foe, Plains All American Pipeline. City Attorney Ariel Calonne, in a statement released July 16, is recommending that the Santa Barbara City Council retain special legal counsel to assist as co-counsel in preparing and pursuing Read More →