Venoco proposes to conduct extended reach (directional) drilling from its existing onshore operations/oil and gas processing facility site (zoned CD-Coastal Dependent), located south of Highway 101, off of Dump Road in the City of Carpinteria. The drilling site is adjacent to Carpinteria City Hall and within 1000 feet of 1000 people living in the Arbol Verde and Concha Loma Neighborhoods, as well as the San Roque and Granada Mobile Home Parks. In addition, Carpinteria Middle School, with over 400 students, is less than one mile away. The recently preserved Carpinteria Bluffs is just down coast and the seal haul out area is on the beach immediately below the drilling site, both environmentally sensitive.
The project, which would augment the existing facilities by installing new facilities and modifying others, can be grouped into four distinct components:
- Onshore drilling and production of onshore and offshore oil and gas resources (for approximately 4 years)
- Onshore processing and distribution of oil
- Onshore processing of produced water
- Onshore processing and distribution of natural gas
The new proposed facilities would be integrated with existing onshore oil and gas processing, pipeline transportation and storage facilities. While the physical footprint of the existing facility would not increase, approval of a 175 foot tall electric drilling rig would significantly change the existing uses and appearance of the area, resulting in new and increased impacts to the local community and coastal visitors.
If the exploration well indicates that the development would be commercially viable, permanent drilling facilities would be installed and the necessary modifications to the existing facilities made. A number of electrical submersible pumps would also be installed (placed down a production well) to pump oil and gas to the surface.