Monday, November 5, 2012

Carpinteria Oil Drilling Initiative Defeated

A Carpinteria Oil Drilling Initiative was on the June 8, 2010 ballot in the City of Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County, where it was defeated. The primary effect of Measure J would have been to approve a slant oil and gas drilling project proposed by Venoco Inc. along Carpinteria’s coastline.  Real estate values were projected to decrease 10-15%.  Please read the Carpenteria Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which reveals some scary facts. 

Posing as a so-called "people's" initiative, Measure J was an attempt by Venoco to bypass local city government review and oversight. As the only donor to the pro side of the ballot measure, Venoco spent well over $600,000 – compared to $80,000 spent by Citizens CAP (Committee Against Paredon Initiative) that was raised from hundreds of individuals – trying to convince the voters of our small town as to the benefits and safety of their proposed massive oil drilling Paredon Project and why Venoco should be allowed to bypass all the local rules and regulations everybody else in Carpinteria needs to follow. Read more details here.

MEASURE J: Shall the General Plan/Local Coastal Land Use Plan of the City of Carpinteria be amended and a Specific Plan adopted to authorize development of the Paredon Project, a private development project to explore, develop, produce and gather offshore and onshore oil and natural gas resources and transmit them to the Carpinteria Oil and Gas Processing Facility operated by Venoco, Inc.?

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