Los Angeles City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Urging Venoco Inc. to Halt Plans to Renew Oil Drilling Off California

Aug 11, 2005, 01:00 ET from Stop Offshore Oil Drilling

    OXNARD, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles City Council today
 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.
     Stop Offshore Oil Drilling applauds the Los Angeles City Council for its
 stand on this issue.  "The city council's resolution voices the opinion of the
 majority of Angelenos and Californians in opposing offshore oil drilling,"
 said Mitchell Schwartz, spokesman for Stop Offshore Oil Drilling.  He adds,
 "We support the Los Angeles City Council in urging Venoco to reconsider its
 plans for Platform Grace.  Offshore oil drilling poses a constant threat to
 our environment.  Just last year Venoco was cited by the U.S. Department of
 the Interior for a spill from another of its platforms."
     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."
     Stop Offshore Oil Drilling is broad-based coalition of concerned citizens,
 political leaders, and environmental, conservation, and public health groups
 that have joined together to defeat attempts to drill for oil off of
 California's coast.  Members of the coalition support the moratorium on new
 exploration and drilling and share a deep concern over the effects that
 existing oil company activities are having on environmentally-sensitive and
 pristine areas and one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.  Stop
 Offshore Oil Drilling is fighting to ensure that our coastlines remain
 protected for generations to come.  For more information, please visit

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