Today, the State Lands Commission received documents from Venoco, LLC quitclaiming its interests in the South Ellwood Field leases, including Platform Holly and the Goleta Beach Pier leases offshore the City of Goleta, Santa Barbara County. For more information please see our Fact Sheet.
The Commission unanimously opposed federal legislation that would increase the likelihood of marine invasive species introductions and water pollution in California by revoking the long-standing right of states to regulate their waters under the Clean Water Act and the National Invasive Species Act.
At its December 2016 meeting the Commission was updated on the status of negotiations to acquire a public access easement to and along Martins Beach near Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County. This staff appraisal was prepared for purposes of negotiating an easement to provide public access to Martins Beach.
The Commission adopted a resolution today supporting the Obama Administration's ban on new offshore drilling off the Pacific coast, signaling that it will take an active role in protecting California's coastline.
The agreement will ensure meaningful public participation, accountability, transparency, and a science-based process for adaptively managing ocean resources.