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Santa Maria Times, May 31, 2013 12:00 am •
KCOY News, May 10, 2013, By Keith Carls
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY - A surge in onshore oil extraction on the Central Coast has the industry pointing to immediate economic benefits while environmental groups and other skeptics are wondering out loud, at what cost?
Oil and gas companies maintain their industry is creating jobs, raising badly-needed revenue for local and state government, operating in a safer, cleaner and more efficient manner than ever before and working under the strictest environmental regulations and oversight in the world.
"These are compelling arguments", says Ken Hough, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Action Network, or SBCAN, "but why not also mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and make it as safe as we can?"
Santa Barbara Independent, Saturday, January 5, 2013
Santa Barbara County Action Network recently received an $8,000 grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara to review Santa Maria Energy’s proposal to drill more than 100 new onshore oil wells between Lompoc and Orcutt.
“Santa Barbara County Action Network is trying to assist local community groups and their members to better understand and know how to participate in reducing the impact of this type of project,” said Ken Hough, SB CAN executive director.
SB CAN is part of the North County Oil Coalition which includes the Environmental Defense Center, PUEBLO, Get Oil Out! and the Los Padres Sierra Club. It was formed to review the oil company’s proposal and its enhanced drilling technique called “cyclic steam injection” (also referred to as “huff and puff” or “steam soaking”) which is somewhat similar to “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing).
For more information about SB CAN, visit www.sbcan.org.
Santa Maria Times, September 10, 2012 12:00 am •