LA City Council Urges Venoco to Halt Production Plans Offshore California

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging Venoco Inc. to not increase its oil drilling activities off the coast of Southern California. The resolution, put forward by 2nd District Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and supported by Stop Offshore Oil Drilling, asks Venoco to issue a public statement confirming the company will not resume drilling. The resolution comes on the heels of recent statements by Venoco confirming it is reviewing plans to renew production at Platform Grace, an oil drilling platform located off the coast of Oxnard.

The Los Angeles City Council, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti join an already impressive group of concerned politicians and organizations including Senator Barbara Boxer, Ventura Mayor Brian Brennan, Heal the Bay, Global Green, EndOil and Oxnard-based Stop Offshore Oil Drilling opposed to renewed drilling.

The Los Angeles City Council resolution specifically mentions energy company Venoco Inc. because of numerous recent statements and actions by the company regarding Platform Grace. Denver-based Venoco Inc., which owns three offshore oil drilling platforms near Southern California, recently confirmed its plans to the Santa Barbara News Press. "We're reviewing the feasibility of [renewing drilling operations at Platform Grace]," Venoco spokesman Mike Edwards confirmed. "The oil and gas business is all about economics," Mr. Edwards said earlier in The Los Angeles Times. These statements come after Venoco's S.E.C. filings stating the company is considering resuming oil drilling from Platform Grace.

Councilwoman Greuel hopes the resolution will make an impact on the plans of all energy companies who want to drill off California's coast. "I am proud of today's resolution. It is the concern of the City of Los Angeles and its citizens to protect the health and well-being of its people, wildlife and environment. We worry that offshore oil drilling is unsafe and poses too great of a threat to our communities. We urge Venoco to stop their plans for Platform Grace."

Other members of the City Council agree that the resolution communicates the need to protect our environment from offshore drilling. "Californians take pride in their stewardship of the coast and its ecology," said 13th District Councilmember Eric Garcetti. "The impacts of a project like the Venoco drilling would harm the legacy that we're guarding for the generations that come after us."

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