Mitigation of Impacts Associated with Oil and Gas Development Projectsby Rob Almy, Santa Barbara County Resource, Management Dep, Santa Barbara, CA, USA,
Mary Ann Scott, Santa Barbara County Resource, Management Dep, Santa Barbara, CA, USA,
Susan Strachan, Santa Barbara County Resource, Management Dep, Santa Barbara, CA, USA,
Abstract: The large scale oil and gas development occurring in Santa Barbara County has the potential to cause extensive environmental impacts on many resources within the county. The county has taken an active role to ensure that these impacts are mitigated to the maximum extent feasible. This is accomplished through active staff involvement in all phases of the project including pre-application meetings with developers, application review, preparation of the Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/S), development of permit conditions, and monitoring of construction and operation activities. The development of mitigation measures occurs during all of these stages. County participation on Joint Review Panels with other regulatory agencies helps to assure that mitigation measures developed by local, state, and federal agencies are consistent and comprehensive. This paper discusses the mitigation of impacts associated with oil and gas development in Santa Barbara County, focusing on the development of mitigation measures throughout the county permitting process.
Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Wells (oil and gas) | Coastal processes | Offshore platforms | Joints | Construction management | Permits | Federal government | North America | United States | Georgia | California
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