Risks of Transporting Petroleum and Other Materials from Offshore Oil and Gas Development

by William J. Douros, County of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, United States,
Bruce Carter, County of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, United States,
Douglas K. Anthony, County of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Oil and gas development offshore Santa Barbara County has lead to the preparation and adoption of local policies and mitigation programs specifically addressing the risks associated with transportation of crude oil, natural gas and associated by-products. For three discrete stages in the process of hydrocarbon production - platforms to processing facilities, processing facilities to refineries, and hazardous by-products - pipeline transportation offers the lowest risk to public health and safety and to the environment. Other transportation modes can be employed, but extensive risk management programs, particularly for transporting hazardous by-products, have been developed. Mitigating risk and impacts from all transportation alternatives is often left to the local planning agency.

Subject Headings: Non-renewable energy | Offshore platforms | Petroleum | Public health and safety | Risk management | Mitigation and remediation | Wastes | Natural gas

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