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Climate & Energy

Founded in response to the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, EDC has always prioritized action to prevent irresponsible oil drilling. Now, facing a future of climate disruption resulting from human actions – global climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification – the importance of this work has only increased. EDC’s mission to protect our local environment requires that we stand up against destructive fossil fuel projects while advocating for safe, clean, renewable sources of energy such as 2014’s Cuyama Solar project.

Pacific Coast Energy Company’s Oil Drilling Project

EDC and our clients successfully convinced the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors to deny Pacific Coast Energy Company’s proposal to expand its cyclic steam operation and drill 144 new oil wells near Orcutt. Last year, PCEC had the highest volume of spills of any oil company in Santa Barbara County and this project would have added more risk to our air and water quality and endangered species.

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Fracking Off Our Coast

Fracking and acidizing threaten our marine wildlife, recreation, clean air, and water quality and yet they are taking place without proper environmental review from oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, home to a National Park, a Marine Sanctuary, and a network of Marine Protected Areas. EDC has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s lack of adequate review.

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Venoco’s Platform Holly Oil Expansion Scheme

Once again, Venoco is pushing a proposal for the first new or expanded offshore oil lease in California waters since the 1969 Oil Spill. This risky project would require re-drilling and extending six wells from Platform Holly off the coast of UCSB and Ellwood Mesa.  The proposed new well bores would be slant drilled, each […]

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Phillips 66 Oil Train Proposal

Right now, EDC is fighting against one of the most dangerous and polluting oil projects in our entire region: the Phillips 66 Rail Spur Project which, if approved, will send thousands of explosive oil trains right through our South Coast and Central Coast communities, threatening our safety, community health and environment.

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Hydraulic Fracking Onshore

Fracking involves injecting enormous quantities of water, sand, and an unknown cocktail of chemicals into the ground to extract oil and gas. This dangerous practice threatens our drinking water, depletes our ground water, and pollutes our air. EDC and our clients are responding to specific projects and advocating for stronger laws and regulations to address this threat.

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Paredon Oil & Gas Project

In spite of an overwhelming rejection at the polls five years ago, in 2014 Venoco once again applied to drill 20 new oil wells on and offshore Carpinteria and build a 175-foot tall rig next to the Carpinteria Bluffs and the harbor seal sanctuary. EDC and our clients oppose this project, which would threaten public beach access and our local air and water quality

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Proposed Puente Power Plant in Oxnard

NRG’s proposed power plant on Oxnard’s beach would perpetuate environmental injustice and be constructed in a coastal area vulnerable to sea level rise and surrounded by environmentally important areas including the Santa Clara river mouth and estuary, associated wetlands, and rare beach dune and coastal sage scrub habitat supporting western snowy plover, California least tern, tidewater goby, and other endangered or rare species

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Refugio Oil Spill

On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, the Plains All American Pipeline spilled more than 100,000 gallons of heavy crude from an underground pipeline on the Gaviota Coast. Oil washed out into the sensitive environment of the Santa Barbara Channel, threatening endangered whales, closing Refugio and El Capitan State Beaches, and harming still unknown numbers of birds and marine mammals.

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Santa Maria Energy Oil & Gas Project

Santa Maria Energy proposed to build more than 100 new oil wells and one of the largest greenhouse gas emitting projects in Santa Barbara County. Its cyclic steam injection oil drilling technology requires a tremendous amount of water and has been linked elsewhere to oil seeps and groundwater contamination. EDC and our clients won some significant project improvements, including the requirement for increased mitigation for the project’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Vandenberg Oil Drilling (Tranquillon Ridge)

Due to risk of a coastal oil spill, air and water pollution, and increased greenhouse gas emissions, EDC opposes a proposal by Exxon and Sunset oil companies to conduct risky oil drilling from Vandenberg Air Force Base into offshore Tranquillon Ridge oil reserves that are located beneath a Marine Protected Area.

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Venoco Ellwood Lease 421 Oil Development

Despite being shut down in 1994 after an oil spill, Venoco currently seeks to resume drilling and production from Lease 421 on the Ellwood Pier. EDC and our clients continue working to stop this troubling oil drilling into waters off the coast of Goleta’s beloved Ellwood Mesa.

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Venoco Ellwood Onshore Facility

EDC is currently working with the City of Goleta to help establish an end date for an aging oil processing facility that is inappropriately located near popular recreation areas, including Haskell’s Beach and the Ellwood Mesa and monarch butterfly preserve, and that threatens endangered species and human health.

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Ventura County Fracking & Acidizing

People across the south central coast have for years been voicing concerns about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the process by which sand, water, and an unknown cocktail of chemicals is forced down an oil well to fracture rock, and acidizing where hydrochloric and hydroflouric acids are injected to dissolve  rock and access oil. So Ventura updated […]

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Measure P

Measure P was a 2014 ballot initiative designed to ban future “high intensity” oil extraction practices in Santa Barbara County. A group of local activists, the Santa Barbara County Water Guardians, qualified the initiative for the ballot in response to the rapid expansion of oil production from cyclic steam injection and the looming threat of both fracking and acidizing which are taking place in Ventura County, from oil platforms off the coast, and elsewhere into the Monterey shale rock formation that lies below the south central coast.

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