Background to Petroleum Development in Santa Barbara Countyby Robert Almy, Santa Barbara County Dep of Resource, Management, Santa Barbara, CA, USA,
Susan Strachan, Santa Barbara County Dep of Resource, Management, Santa Barbara, CA, USA,
Abstract: This discussion introduces several papers which examine solutions to challenges posed to local agencies by ongoing development of offshore petroleum resources. Innovative solutions have allowed agencies involved to: 1) develop a coordinated environmental review process (thus maximizing early agency involvement), 2) cooperatively address major issues, and 3) reduce project impacts and hazards through enforcement and monitoring programs. The Santa Barbara County Resource Management Department, through its Energy Division, is responsible for land use permits, environmental review, and overall coordination with other local agencies. In the last four years the Energy Division has processed (or is processing) permits for four OCS production and processing projects, four state tidelands production and processing projects, two marine terminals, three onshore pipelines, and four supply bases.
Subject Headings: Petroleum | Coastal processes | Environmental issues | Permits | Offshore platforms | Land use | Resource management | North America | California | United States
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