Removal of Venoco Ellwood Onshore Facility

The Goleta City Council will receive a presentation on the removal of Venoco’s Ellwood Onshore Facility (EOF) at 6pm on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at its chamber at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA 93117. 

The EOF is located directly on the coast between Sandpiper Golf Course and the Bacara Resort. 


Photo courtesy of California Coastal Records Project


This oil and gas processing facility services Venoco’s platform Holly, and does not conform to the current General Plan land use designations and zoning requirements for the property. It has a history of hydrogen sulfide emissions that on occasion have caused the plant to be shut down.

In December of 2014, the City of Goleta authorized the preparation of a report (an “amortization study”) to determine if Venoco has recovered its cost and earned a reasonable profit from the operation of the facility. The report concluded that it has. The City Council instructed staff to proceed with the preparation for a noticed hearing to terminate the EOF use. The hearing on Tuesday is the City’s first step in this process.

This hearing is expected to last an hour and will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. It is an informational presentation where no action will be undertaken, but the public will be allowed to comment.

The removal of the EOF will create wonderful beach access, and rid the community of an inappropriately sited large industrial facility.

We hope you can attend; a big turnout will make an important statement to city council members. This is a GREAT opportunity to reduce the "oil footprint" on the Gaviota Coast and create new and wonderfully located public coastal access. 

For a deeper dive, check this Staff Report on Venoco EOF. It's three pages, well written, and very informative. Click on “Attachments: 1. Update…Staff Report". 


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