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Virtual Meetings Set To Update Community About Efforts To Remove Abandoned Oil Piers On South Coast

(State Lands Commission photo)
The State Lands Commission will host an online update on plans to remove two abandoned oil piers on the South Coast.

Goal is to remove piers in 2022

A 2015 oil pipeline rupture on the Gaviota coastline disrupted crude oil shipments from the region, and led to the bankruptcy of an oil company.

The state was left with dealing with the removal of Platform Holly off the Santa Barbara County coastline, as well as two piers in Goleta.

The state is presenting information to the public this week on the pier removal project. It’s a chance for the public to learn about the draft environmental impact report for the project, and to weigh in on the plans.

Eric Gilles is a Project Manager with the State Lands Commission. He says ExxonMobile stepped up to help with the mess left by Venoco’s bankruptcy. He says once the plan is finalized, the company will hire contractors and oversee the work. The current target is to do the work and have the piers gone in 2022.

The virtual meetings on the pier removal project with take place at 2, and 6 p.m. Thursday. Link to meetings:

2:00 p.m. Session

Zoom link

Phone: 833 548 0282 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 849 3813 4240

Passcode: 015518

6:00 p.m. Session

Zoom link

Phone: 833 548 0282 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 850 0160 4394

Passcode: 667796

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.