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Ellwood Onshore Facility - Oil Spill

March 29, 2014

Post Date:04/04/2014 8:00 AM

Ellwood Onshore Facility - Oil Spill 

At 5:45 pm on March 29, 2014 (Saturday), Venoco, Inc. facility staff found wet ground in a gravel area near the Heater Treaters within the Ellwood Onshore Oil and Gas Facility (EOF) in the City of Goleta. Upon immediate inspection, a leak was identified on a 6 inch oil line from the Heater Treater to the hydrogen sulfide Stripper. In response, facility staff at the EOF immediately shut down operations at Platform Holly, located offshore in State waters, and the EOF. The leak was repaired with a clamp and the facilities were back on line after the repair. The leak resulted in the clean-up of 3 barrels of oil mixed with mud, dirt and the debris. The entire spill was contained in the Heater Treater containment area.

Venoco notified regulatory agencies, including the City, consistent with the approved Emergency Action Plan. The Fire Department responded to ensure that the spill was properly contained. Re-start of Platform Holly and the EOF occurred at 1:30 pm on March 30, 2014 (Sunday).

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