Some news from our neighbor to the north: A group calling themselves Santa Barbara Water Guardians have gotten a proposition on the ballet that would ban "High-Intensity Petroleum Operations. High-Intensity Petroleum Operations include hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking), acid well stimulation treatments, cyclic steam injection and other types of oil and gas development that use advanced well stimulation technologies." in Santa Barbara County.
The group says the proposition will only apply to new projects.
For information supporting Prop P visit: http://www.sbcountywaterguardians.org
VCInFocus is awaiting a response from Western States Petroleum Association for the industry's take on Prop P.
Questions Remain Over Offshore AcidizingDiffering Definitions of Technical Terms May Explain Why Platform Holly Dispute Exists
Thursday, February 20, 2014by MATT KETTMANN (CONTACT)
Last week, one day after a report was released claiming that Venoco Inc. was using a technique known as matrix acidizing to stimulate production from the wells that it accesses from Platform Holly off the Goleta coast, the Carpinteria-based oil company issued a brief statement denying that it was using the process for extraction purposes. “Venoco does not hydraulically fracture or matrix acidize any wells on Platform Holly,” said Venoco spokesperson Lisa Rivas in an email. Instead, she explained that acid is used for cleaning the platform’s well bores, which has been done for several decades. “This is a process that has been used in onshore and offshore oil wells around the world for generations,” Rivas explained.
Read the full story: http://independent.com/news/2014/feb/20/questions-remain-over-offshore-acidizing/
VCInFocus writer Kimberly Rivers has a byline in today's Ojai Valley News. Below is an excerpt. Click HERE to read the full article at OjaiValleyNews.com
After passing the California Assembly and Senate on Wednesday, State Bill 4 (SB-4) — the only remaining bill aimed at regulating hydraulic fracturing and other well stimulation practices — is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk and is expected to be signed.
by Kit Stoltz
"The U.S. Army had a problem, a big problem: 165,000 gallons of some of the deadliest war materials known to man, including napalm, chlorine gas, mustard gas and sarin, a nerve gas developed by the Nazis, tiny doses of which can kill in minutes. After stockpiling these weapons of destruction for decades in its Rocky Mountain Arsenal near Denver, the government decided the time had come to dispose of the hazardous wastes but didn’t know how.
The solution? In l961, authorities drilled a well 12,000 feet deep, far below any aquifer, and over the next five years pumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic wastes into a cavity in the rock miles beneath the surface.
One problem: Not long after the pumping began, Denver and nearby suburbs began to experience swarms of earthquakes. Most of them were quite small, less than 3 in magnitude, but in a region that rarely experiences earthquakes, 1,300 earthquakes in four years raised questions. Then, in August 1967, a significant earthquake — magnitude 5.3 — shook the city of Denver and the nearby suburb of Commerce, with damages that totaled over $1 million."
Click here to read the FULL article and get your copy of the REPORTER today.
On April 9, 2007, BHP Billiton’s proposal to build an enormous liquefied natural gas terminal off the coast of Oxnard and Malibu was scheduled to be heard in Ventura County by the California State Lands Commission.
The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request has received documents from the Environmental Protection Agency which reveal that companies operating wells off California's central coast not only we allowed to hydraulically fracture wells without any environmental review, but they were also allowed to release waste water from fracking into the ocean.
Oil companies point out that the water is treated before being released, and that fracking has not caused any environmental damage in California.
VCInFocus is awaiting comment from local companies Venoco and DCOR. Both of which have application pending before the Ventura County Planning office. DCOR has a major modification request pending.
Here is a detailed article about the EPA documents and the companies operating offshore in SB and Ventura County, including information about their frack jobs.
And here is the website of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement BSEE: http://www.bsee.gov
Government documents including permits and internal emails from the BSEE reveal that fracking off the shores of California is more widespread than previously known. While new oil leases are banned, companies can still drill from 23 grandfathered-in platforms in waters where endangered blue and humpback whales and other marine mammals often congregate.
Of note: The website listed for DCOR LLC based in Ventura is currently offline, and in July the Ventura Chamber of Commerce welcomed DCOR to it's ranks.