JACKSON APPLAUDS DECOMMISSIONING OF PLATFORM HOLLY, END TO OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION
SACRAMENTO – With the announcement that Venoco, LLC has filed for bankruptcy and quitclaimed its leases in the South Ellwood Field – in effect, transferring the Goleta Beach Pier and Platform Holly leases to the State Lands Commission, closing down Platform Holly, and ending oil and gas production in this location -- State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) issued the following statement:
“As someone who has long opposed offshore oil drilling because of its impact on our environment, and fought to prevent any new offshore oil drilling in state waters in our community, I am excited and pleased by today’s news. This marks the end of an era of offshore oil production in this location, and we will never again go back, “ said Jackson. “I will be closely following the decommissioning process as it moves forward, as well as the impact this will have on our greater community, including a resulting loss of jobs. Nonetheless, there’s no doubt that today’s announcement helps us move closer to a future that is cleaner, greener and less dependent on fossil fuels.”
Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.