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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.

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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Trump’s Plan for New Offshore Oil & Gas Drilling

On January 4, 2018, the Trump Administration released a draft of its five year plan for offshore oil and gas sales, proposing to open up 90% of our nations marine reserves, including the California coast and the Santa Barbara Channel. If California is included in the final plan it will be the first time the federal government has opened our coast to new lease sales since 1984, when Ronald Reagan was president. This decision puts the coastal resources of California at risk of future oil spills and the damaging impacts of climate change.

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Three New Thermally Enhanced Onshore Oil Projects

More than a century of conventional oil drilling has depleted much of the easy to access oil across California’s south central coast. Now, Santa Barbara County is facing a massive increase in oil production using much dirtier and more dangerous extraction methods known as cyclic steam injection and steam flooding. If approved, these three projects proposed by ERG, Aera Energy, and PetroRock would bring over 700 new oil wells in the Cat Canyon Oil Field located about 10 miles southeast of Santa Maria.

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ExxonMobil Trucking

ExxonMobil is looking to jumpstart oil production from three offshore oil platforms shuttered since the devastating 2015 Plains All American Pipeline oil spill at Refugio State Beach. The oil company wants to start drilling again and to facilitate that, they are seeking permission for up to 70 roundtrip truck transits, transporting more than 470,000 gallons of oil every day for up to seven years.

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Venoco’s Platform Holly Oil Expansion Scheme

After almost two decades of fighting three separate proposals by Venoco to expand oil drilling from Platform Holly, EDC and our clients succeeded in stopping this dangerous threat. Platform Holly will be decommissioned and the Ellwood Onshore Facility will likely be closed and begin to transition to an area for public recreation as it is zoned to be.

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Phillips 66 Oil Train Proposal

In 2015, EDC began our fight against one of the most dangerous and polluting oil projects in our entire region: the Phillips 66 Rail Spur Project which, if approved, would have sent 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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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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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 unknown numbers of birds and marine mammals.

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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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Venoco Ellwood Oil Drilling

Over the course of decades, EDC has successfully worked to end Venoco’s transporation of oil by marine barge and has fought multiple proposals by Venoco to expand oil drilling from Platform Holly which would have extended the life of its operations, including the Ellwood Onshore Facility located near Haskell’s Beach. Soon, Platform Holly will be decommissioned and the Ellwood Onshore Facility will likely be closed and begin to transition to an area for public recreation as it is zoned to be.

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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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