Category: Oil & Gas

South Ellwood Project

Platform Holly/Piers 421/Venoco Bankruptcy The Commission recently completed the removal of two enormous piers and caissons at Haskell’s Beach in the City of Goleta. These piers, built in the late 1920s as part of the Ellwood Oil Field, were the last two piers and...

California State Lands Commission, Tribal, State, and Local Partners Celebrate Successful Removal of the Last Remaining Oil Production Shorezone Piers in California

CITY OF GOLETA – Today, against the backdrop of the picturesque southern California shoreline, the State Lands Commission and state and local leaders showcased the successful removal of the last two oil production shorezone piers in California, restoring the coastline and marking an enormous milestone in California’s transition away from fossil fuels.

Rincon Onshore and Offshore Facilities

In August 2022, the Commission approved the Rincon Phase 2 Feasibility Study and staff’s recommendations for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). On October 4, 2022, the Commission released a Notice of Preparation for an EIR for Phase 2. The...

Project to remove final two oil piers at Haskell’s Beach set to begin

The end of an era begins on Monday at Haskell’s Beach, as the State Lands Commission, in collaboration with the City of Goleta, starts work to remove the pier and caisson structures known as PRC 421-1 and 421-2. It’s a process that will take up to six months, during which time sections of the beach may close temporarily to keep the public safe during the operations. The beach will remain open otherwise.