What Others Said
The above video is a 3 minute film talking about the impacts of Venoco's Paredon oil drilling project and Measure J upon the Carpinteria Bluffs and the surrounding community.
Below is a shorter clip taken from a City Council hearing where a spokesperson for Venoco explains the real reasons Venoco is trying to do an end run around our community and our normal public review process.
In Venoco's Own Words:
"Our business involves significant operating risks that could adversely affect our production and could be expensive to remedy.
Our operations are subject to all the risks normally incident to the operation and development of oil and natural gas properties and the drilling of oil and natural gas wells, including:
- well blowouts;
- cratering and explosions;
- pipe failures and ruptures;
- pipeline accidents and failures;
- casing collapses;
- mechanical and operational problems that affect production; formations with abnormal pressures;
- uncontrollable flows of oil, natural gas, brine or well fluids;
- and release of contaminants into the environment."
Venoco, Inc. Form 10-K, March 05, 2009
From Four Former Carpinteria Mayors:
"The Paredon Initiative goes to extraordinary lengths to exempt this private development project from all normally required public review processes. It does an end-run around hard-won measures put in place to protect our community: full public disclosure of project details, analysis by experts in the field, input from residents and, most importantly, the City's authority to add protective conditions and mitigations. Rather than playing by the rules, Venoco is using this misleading initiative to exempt themselves from those rules.
This measure must be soundly defeated at the polls."
Ineka, age 8