By Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @ginapotthoff | Published on 06.24.2015 10:30 p.m.
Oil company hosts two community meetings about its plans to drill six wells ahead of consideration by the State Lands Commission
gather outside the Goleta Valley Community Center on Wednesday to
protest a proposed Venoco drilling project ahead of a public hearing on
the matter. (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)
The recent oil spill off the Gaviota coast gave Goleta residents sufficient ammunition Wednesday to attack Venoco Inc.’s plans to drill six wells into a new area of the South Ellwood Oil Field.
Consensus at one public hearing was that Goleta residents who don't
work for the oil company are tired of seeing oil development in their
The privately owned Santa Barbara County-based oil company presented
its proposal during two community meetings — at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. — at
the Goleta Valley Community Center, where the State Lands Commission gathered public input ahead of its meeting to rule on the project. MORE