Offshore Oil Fracking Permits Halted for While Feds Conduct Environmental Review
More oil news for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
California coastal fracking permit applications grind to a halt as the federal government studies how damaging the practice is to the well-being of the nearby wildlife and environment.
You’d think they would do that first…
The Santa Barbara-based Environmental Defense Center (EDC) along with Tucson’s Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) both struck deals with the Department of the Interior to assess the risks posed by the well-stimulation techiniques used at six platforms off the California coast. Two off of Ventura County, four off of Santa Barbara County, three of which feed oil into the pipe that ruptured and spilled 100,000 gallons of oil last May.
The EDC says this is the first time a government agency has been required to evaluate the risks that the well-stimulation techniques in question have on the water and air quality as well as many endangered species.
Any findings from the review could have larger ramifications as the CBD has said that at least 200 wells dotting the California coast have also used fracking.
More on the fracking review in Ventura and Santa Barbara County can be found here.