It is almost one month since our most recent energy infrastructure foundering: Crimson Pipeline’s release of crude oil into the hills above the City of Ventura. Lots of developments continue to burble up as we all try to figure out the next surprise.
The one-year anniversary of the Refugio Oil Spill has brought with it a raft of renewed interest in this oil spill and the consequences as we now see them. We’ve done a good deal of media over the last couple of weeks. Add to that plenty of breaking stories from all quarters (often speaking to… Read more »
Raise that Glass The one year anniversary of the Refugio Oil Spill is fast approaching. Lots of folks have been asking my colleagues and me about the impacts of this spill now that we have the perspective of a year. Well, first and foremost, I’m hugely appreciative to the repair man.
Our consortium for the study of the coast and ocean here in the California State University System (aka CSU COAST) just held our annual meeting in Long Beach. While this group’s focus is the entirety of our coastal and marine environment, much of this has a direct bearing on oil spills and how we go about… Read more »
For the past several days we have been seeing unusually heavy oil deposition along the beaches in Summerland, centered just below Lookout Park. While we have been in a period of higher than normal seep activity for the past year or so, this tarring event seems beyond a mere seep event. This smacks of some… Read more »
It is hard to underestimate the influence our Federal Energy Information Agency (EIA) has on energy markets. Their annual and quarterly reports, littered with predictions, drive investments, public policy, and global understanding of energy production and consumption. So the recent coming to terms with the fact that the EIA has of late been hugely overestimating American… Read more »
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is hosting a series of Refugio Oil Spill-related talks through the end of March 2016. It looks like there will be some great presentations!
Reporters are continuing to cover our work on documenting the magnitude of plastic pollution across our world ocean and the potential impacts from all this unintended petroleum waste, both macro and micro. This week our CSUCI team headed over to downtown Ventura for a presentation to the general public on what we have found to date…. Read more »
The Santa Barbara Environmental Defense Center’s 2014 challenge to Interior’s policy of offshore fracking with limited public notice has met with success by the courts. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau on Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have agreed to re-analyze the environmental dangers of offshore fracking, with their environmental impact assessment of the process/policy to… Read more »
The current Solimar Beach Fire raging north of the City of Ventura is threatening numerous oil drilling and storage areas adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway along the Rincon coast of northwestern Ventura/southeastern Santa Barbara County.