08.26.1975, LA Times A.F. Reynolds-2
Santa Barbara Chanrae City spokesmen threatened tcvseek a court order forcing the federal government to revise the environmental environmental impact statement to include raw data on the geological makeup of the Santa Barbara Channel and the size of its oil and gas supplies. State officials joined local witnesses in appealing for further information on proposals to step up drilling. This is just one more example of the federal government's absolute refusal to cooperate with state or local agencies agencies even to sharing vital data and information with the public it is supposed supposed to serve," said William F. Northrop, Northrop, executive officer of the state Lands Commission. Northrop said additional drilling in federally controlled waters (those beyond beyond the three-mile three-mile three-mile limit) could force approval of new drilling operations in waters under state jurisdiction. "If (federally-controlled) (federally-controlled) (federally-controlled) wells were to be productive, the state Lands Commission would be faced with allowing allowing its lessee to begin platform installations installations and drilling in the area in order to prevent drainage, loss of petroleum petroleum resources, and public revenue." revenue." Northrop said. Amid all the critics of proposals for increased drilling were those supporting supporting development of the offshore petroleum resource. Noting that his utility alone would burn an estimated 734 million barrels of oil in the next 10 years. Southern California Edison Co. spokesman W. H. Seaman said offshore development should "proceed as rapidly as possible." possible." Seaman termed the federal government's government's controversial impact statement statement a "completely accurate and thorough assessment." That position will be endorsed by oil industry spokesmen who will testify testify among the 108 witnesses expected expected to appear before the hearings end on Wednesday. Drilling Foes Speak Out Continued from First Page with 30 years' experience and other people came forward to help," Reynolds Reynolds said. "We sent letters to private consulting firms in the area and said, Take off your profit hat and put on your Santa Barbara hat' And three of them did." The result was a beefy document which scores the federal impact statement statement as "totally inadequate in its treatment of the proposed level of gas and oil development ... of the Santa Barbara Channel." A persistent theme at Monday's hearing was the impact that channel drilling has had oh Santa Barbara's tourist industry. "The tourist industry in Santa Barbara has suffered serious losses from oil and gas development in the channel, and these losses have had a direct and crippling effect on both our social and economic well-being," well-being," well-being," Mayor David T. Shiffman told the federal panel. Shiffman estimated that the 1969 oil spill and its aftermath cost the city $100,000 in cleanup expenses, 5100.000 in rental of city-owned city-owned city-owned coastline property, $500,000 in bed taxes and S3 million in sales taxes. The loss in revenue has required the city to cut 71 employes from its payroll. Shiffman said.