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AARP, Barbara O'Connor, California Emerging Technology Fund, California Public Utilities Commission, California State University, Sacramento - Communication, CaliforniaALL, Darrell Steinberg, Dennis Mangers, Donna Lucas, Kempster Group's Brenda Kempster of LINK AMERICAS Foundation, Lucas Public Affairs, Uncategorized, Yolo County

TIMELINE 2007-2008 : SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND WATER Senator Darrell Steinberg, Chair [TLR Note:1- Connection In Re Darrell Steinberg – Gay Godfather Dennis Mangers – Kip Lipper – Donna Lucas – Venoco Inc 2. YR, who is examining this matter, avers: a) Kip Lipper — brother of Lucas Public Affairs’s Donna Lucas of oil drilling company Venoco Inc — serves as Chief Policy Advisor, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment Office of the CA Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg b) both Darrell Steinberg and Donna Lucas lack credibility on account of CaliforniaALL and AARP/Barbara O’Connor/Jeannine English/Etc, respectively. c) YR further acknowledges he appreciates Sacramento/Lobbying involves back-room deals and that, relatively speaking, Donna Lucas tries to run a clean operation, technically speaking. d) Nevertheless, YR hopes Lucas understands subsequent to his accidental discovery of CaliforniaALL scheme, Dennis Mangers — acting both in bad faith and in his capacity as Cal Bar BOG member — conspired with other to press false criminal charges against him /subsequent home invasion by armed posse from Yolo DA — a game changer which leaves YR no choice but to continue taking whatever actions he is legally entitled to take in order to fight corruption]

Lucas Public Affairs ' Donna Lucas

Source @:

http://tinyurl.com/bpq73yu

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BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                              1

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|         SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND WATER         |
|                Senator Darrell Steinberg, Chair                 |
|                    2007-2008 Regular Session                    |
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BILL NO:  AB 837                   HEARING DATE:  July 10, 2007
AUTHOR:  Levine                    URGENCY:  No
VERSION:  June 26, 2007            CONSULTANT:  Bill Craven
FISCAL:  Yes
SUBJECT:  Oil and gas leases.

BACKGROUND AND EXISTING LAW
The California Coastal Sanctuary Act of 1994 generally prohibits
new leases for oil and gas development in all state waters that
are designated as a coastal sanctuary. The act defines those
waters as those subject to tidal influence but not including
parts of San Francisco Bay, and it also excludes state waters
subject to an existing oil or gas lease that is in effect on
January 1, 1995, unless that lease is deeded or otherwise
reverts to the state after that date.

Under the terms of the Act, new leases may be approved only upon
a presidential finding that the nation faces a severe energy
supply interruption, that the governor finds the energy
resources in the sanctuary will help alleviate the crisis, and
the Legislature acts to amend the Act.

The Act authorizes the State Lands Commission to enter into a
lease if it determines that oil and gas beneath state-owned
tidal and submerged lands is being drained by wells upon
adjacent federal lands and if it determines that such a lease is
in the best interests of the state. A second provision in the
Public Resources Code, Section 6872.5, authorizes the commission
to adjust the boundaries of existing leases to encompass all of
an oil or gas field that is partially contained within an
existing lease under specified conditions.

Existing law also contains specific provisions for oil and gas
drilling in the Santa Barbara Channel.

PROPOSED LAW

This bill would prohibit the commission from issuing a new lease
or lease extension from coastal tidelands or submerged lands in
state waters within the Santa Barbara Channel if such lease or
lease extension would be developed from an existing or new
offshore oil platform.

ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT
According to the author, this bill would diminish the risk of
oil spills in coastal waters and forestall other environmental
effects from offshore oil development. The author contends the
bill is consistent with the current position of the state which
is to oppose new leases in federal waters off the California
coast.

The author acknowledges that this bill would affect one current
project. Venoco, Inc. has applied for an extension of lease
boundaries from the State Lands Commission. The author relates
that the project calls for up to 30 new and redrilled wells from
the existing Platform Holly. Venoco received a state lease in
1949. In 1993 it relinquished half the lease in Santa Barbara
County to take a lease in Orange County. According to the
author, the company is now interested in regaining the entirety
of its former Santa Barbara lease. The commission is expected to
release its EIR later this year. In its Notice of Preparation,
it stated that the proposed project has a reasonable possibility
of an oil spill during the lifetime of the project that could
have a significant effect on the environment and that other
aspects of the project also could have a significant effect on
the environment.

No formal positions on the bill were received by the City of
Goleta or the county of Santa Barbara. Background materials
provided by the author indicate that Goleta’s formal policy is
to oppose new leases in the western Santa Barbara Channel. The
county is uncertain if the project will meet its odor abatement
requirements.

ARGUMENTS IN OPPOSITION
None were received. However, the author’s background materials
indicate that Venoco considers its application to be authorized
as a vested right since it has had operations in this lease
since 1968. That issue would likely be resolved by the
commission unless this bill first becomes effective and preempts
the approval of the requested lease boundary extension.

COMMENTS

It should be noted that the Notice of Preparation cited by the
author represents the beginning of the CEQA process.

The Governor and the California Ocean Protection Council have
strongly opposed federal legislation that would have expanded
oil and gas drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and lift the
25-year ban on off-shore oil drilling in California and other
coastal states, despite any revenue consequences to the state.

SUPPORT
None Received

OPPOSITION
Association of the California Independent Petroleum Association
Plains Exploration and Production Company

Source @:

http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/asm/ab_0801-0850/ab_837_cfa_20070709_151237_sen_comm.html

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