AN EDUCATED COMMUNITY WILL KNOW THAT
- Extensive pollution is caused by natural oil and gas seeps.
- Extraction of the underlying oil and gas reserves is a solution to the seepage problem.
- Exploration and production of the reserves can be conducted in an environmentally safe manner.
- Royalty revenues can fund the transition to alternative sources of energy.
Only through education can Californians and Americans learn the truth about the massive amounts of natural oil and gas seep pollution coming from offshore Santa Barbara, California’s coastal areas.Since Native Americans first arrived in coastal California, approximately 800 million barrels of oil have seeped into the coastal environment. Peer-reviewed published reports document the connection between existing Santa Barbara offshore oil production and natural seep pollution reductions over the last 20 years and the larger natural seep pollution reduction potential through expanded offshore oil and gas production.
The schematic shows a vertical slice through the Earth’s crust, with folded layers of sedimentary rocks holding oil and gas in the crest of an underground fold.
When the fold extends to the land (or sea) surface, a seep can occur. The schematic shows how natural seep oil is connected to the formations from which companies collect oil.
- Policy changes will lead to cleaner statewide air and water quality, more renewable electricity and electric/plug-in car usage, lower taxes, lower fuel and natural gas prices, reduction or elimination of imported gas to California and fewer oil tankers entering California state waters.
- New exploration and production of California’s offshore oil and gas resources in the Santa Barbara Channel is needed to reduce the pollution from oil seeps in the water, air and on the beaches.
- California is in need of new studies to further identify the environmental benefits of responsible production of this vast supply of offshore oil and gas reserves along the Central coast.
- State and Federal regulations should allow already discovered but underdeveloped offshore oil and gas resources along Santa Barbara’s coast to be produced in the near term.
- SOS believes California should retain the full fees and royalties for federal OCS leases and production revenue (18%) and dedicates royalties to fund solar thermal electricity, photovoltaics, wind energysources, electric/plug-in hybrid vehicle programs, and lowering Californian’s taxes. This funding will accelerate the build-out of the western U.S. solar and renewable energy infrastructure.
- New royalty revenue and offshore oil and gas production and regulation agreements for Santa Barbara County could be negotiated. Resulting new revenues could fund solar renewables and electric vehicle program rebates, county taxpayer reductions, wastewater treatment improvements and education programs.
Not many know the offshore oil industry safety record in California using new exploration and production technologies. There is a 38-year safety record of oil and gas production offshore Santa Barbara with less then 1,000 barrels spilled. By comparison, 2 million barrels of natural seepage occurred over the same time period.
- New technology now allows slant drilling from land out into the ocean, or from existing offshore platforms or temporary offshore platforms out to a range of over 5 miles horizontally.
- New California offshore oil and gas revenues can pay for California’s conversion to solar and renewable electricity and electric/plug-in vehicles and reductions in taxes for all Californians.
California Relies on Imported Oil:
In this section we review California’s need for oil resources, and the state’s reliance on imported oil. READ MORE
California’s Economic Challenges:
In this section we present evidence that California is struggling economically, and cannot afford to import a resource it has in abundance. READ MORE
California’s Economic Solutions:
In this section we provide information on a recent study by the California Economic Forecast that shows that California has the potential to realize a large economic windfall if these oil and gas resources were to be developed. READ MORE
California Projects Are Ready to Go:
In this section we demonstrate that, because of existing infrastructure, and the projects proposed, offshore resources could be in production within 14 to 18 months. READ MORE