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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, September 6, 2013

Fund for Santa Barbara Supports EDC’s Work To Limit Impacts Of Oil Development

The Fund for Santa Barbara is proud to announce that the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) has been awarded a $6,000 grant.


The Fund for Santa Barbara, a non-profit foundation that supports grassroots organizations working for social, economic and environmental justice, is proud to announce that the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) has been awarded a $6,000 grant to support the organization’s work to limit the local and global impacts of oil development in our County.

EDC was one of 17 organizations to receive funding, among more than 40 groups applying. EDC protects and enhances the local environment through education, advocacy, and legal action and works primarily within Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Since 1977, EDC has empowered community based organizations to advance environmental protection. Program areas include protecting coast and ocean resources, open spaces and wildlife, and human and environmental health.

EDC represents many local organizations on cases related to oil development; clients include the Carpinteria Valley Association, Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, Get Oil Out!, the Los Padres Sierra Club, PUEBLO and the Santa Barbara County Action Network. Recent and ongoing cases include Venoco’s proposal to drill in downtown Carpinteria (the “Paredon” project), Santa Maria Energy’s proposal to use steam injection in the Orcutt hills, and the statewide push to ban or limit the practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

We are grateful to the Fund for this generous support,” said Owen Bailey, Executive Director of the EDC. “The grant will help us sustain and grow EDC’s tenacious work on behalf of groups fighting the impacts of oil development throughout the County of Santa Barbara.”

The Environmental Defense Center protects and enhances the local environment through education, advocacy, and legal action and works primarily within Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Since 1977, EDChas empowered community based organizations to advance environmental protection. Program areas include protecting coast and ocean resources, open spaces and wildlife, and human and environmental health.

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