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Offshore California Oil Drilling

Santa Barbara County supervisors put an undeniable pockmark on the county's celebrated environmental legacy last week, urging Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to lift the state's longstanding ban on new offshore oil leases.

Questions Remain Over Offshore Acidizing

Differing definitions of technical drilling terms may explain why Platform Holly dispute exists. Read story.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hooked on Frack?

Where oil companies could be fracking in Santa Barbara County. Read story.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Venoco Abandons Expansion Proposal

After a decade of trying, Venoco Energy officially abandoned its efforts this week to expand oil-drilling operations off Platform Holly in the Santa Barbara Channel. Read story.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Governor Signs Rigs-to-Reefs Bill

Controversial plan to allow inactive offshore oil platforms to remain becomes law. Read story.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Preventing the Next Deepwater Disaster

Federal query into offshore drilling safety comes to Santa Barbara. Read story.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Oil Spills Near and Far

Congressmember Capps and panel of experts discuss federal legislation and Santa Barbara's vulnerability. Read story.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

'Human Boom' Takes Shape on West Beach

Hundreds gather on West Beach to bring attention to the BP oil spill. Read story.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Carp Residents Protest Measure J

Demonstrators launch a balloon to the height of a proposed drilling rig. Read story.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Governor Waffles on Oil Drilling Support

Schwarzenegger changes his stance in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster. Read story.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Measure J: Paredon or Paradise?

Carpinterians debate the Venoco Oil initiative. Read story.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

What if the Deepwater Disaster Happened Here?

Greenpeace takes a look at what the Gulf of Mexico spill might look like here in Southern California. Read story.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hundreds Gather to Protest Venoco Vote

Carpinteria paddles out to fight against Measure J, the slant drilling ballot initiative. Read story.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Nava and Torrico Draft Dueling Oil Tax Bills

Assemblymember Pedro Nava recently authored a bill to impose a 10 percent tax on oil company revenues from production taking place within state borders. Read story.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Dog’s Nose Under the Tent

The Angry Poodle celebrates S.B.’s environmental birthday as he ponders the latest Tranquillon Ridge deal. Read story.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cautious PXP Confidence

California’s Legislative Analyst calls revenue projections “overly optimistic.” Read story.

Thursday, March 11, 2010