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Thousands Of Gallons Of Oil To Be Moved From Decomissioned South Coast Well

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Ellwood Onshore Facility

A limited amount of oil transportation will take place on the South Coast.

The oil will go from the Ellwood Onshore Facility in the Goleta Valley to Arroyo Grande in a special process permitted by the State Lands Commission.

The Commission is taking care of oil that accumulated at the Ellwood Facility as part of pressure management of wells from platform Holly, which is just off the Goleta coastline and formerly owned by Venoco and Arco.

The platform is being decommissioned, a process which is also under the auspices of the State Lands Commission.

As part of the effort, 3000 barrels of oil were stored at a tank site near the facility. The oil will be transported twice a day by truck from December 1 through December 11.

Platform Holly stopped producing oil in May 2015, when the Plains All-American Pipeline at Refugio ruptured, resulting in a massive oil spill.

Andy worked at KCLU from 2016 until 2022.
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