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State Regulators Consider Terminating Offshore Oil Lease Near Ventura Today

The State Lands Commission votes today on whether to terminate an oil lease off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura. (MSR Photo/iStockphoto)
The State Lands Commission votes today on whether to terminate an oil lease off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura. (MSR Photo/iStockphoto)
August 9, 2016

VENTURA, Calif. - State regulators are voting today on whether to terminate the lease on an aging oil facility just off the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara. The rigs on Rincon Island haven't produced oil or gas since 2008.

Don Drysdale, spokesman for the California Department of Conservation, which includes the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, said the agency cited the Rincon Island Limited Partnership four months ago for severely corroded pipes and valves.

"With respect to Rincon Island we issued an order to the operators back in April," he said. "They have not complied fully with those orders."

Greka Integrated, which owns the Rincon Island Limited Partnership, did not respond to a request for comment. The State Lands Commission meets today at 11 a.m. in San Pedro to vote on this issue.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson sent a letter to the Lands Commission asking that the lease be terminated, and said the current situation is a disaster waiting to happen.

"They have been warned of the circumstances surrounding the potential natural increase in well pressure, which has caused oil to flow without mechanical assistance," he added. "It poses an increased risk of oil spills."

A major oil spill in May 2015 in Refugio, just north of Santa Barbara, was blamed on corroded pipes owned by a different company called Plains All American. That spill dumped almost 143,000 gallons of oil onto the coastline.

Suzanne Potter/Shaine Smith, Public News Service - CA