Could the towels be one of E&B’s “state of the art” mitigation measures for oil spills?
Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:31 pm
At the recent public meeting regarding the Hermosa Beach oil project, three alarms arose:
E&B’s lead council pleaded for more time to add further mitigations to improve the project, including odor management. E&B’s production manager flinched on committing to explosion barriers or radiant heat screens without knowing feasibility. The refrigeration system was defined to be nonpropane following input from the draft EIR. Now is not the time to be redesigning refrigeration systems or guessing on structural explosion mitigation feasibility. The opportunity and obligation to submit design details with mitigation was on the applicant prior to project submittal.
The project equipment layout does not meet state fire code and industry standards for equipment separation and setbacks from the boundary. The EIR project manager declared the proposed project nullifies the requirements. He has it backwards; not meeting standards nullifies the viability of the proposed project not that the project nullifies the standards.
Both the proposal and the EIR have lengthy discussions about the potential explosion risk from leaks and vapor clouds. When pressed for exact specifics, the EIR lead engineer responded that there was no increase in risk since the maintenance yard already has a 500 gallon propane tank on site. Suggesting that the risk magnitude of this project poses an equivalent risk to a 500 gallon propane tank sitting at ambient temperature is ludicrous.
Hermosa Beach may contain oil that could be exploited for the benefit of the city, schools, state, mineral rights’ lease holders and even the project owners. However, this project applicant with this proposed project has not illustrated the competency to earn our positive vote to develop oil.
via We Get Letters: Beginning July 3 – The Beach Reporter: Letters To The Editor. There are 2 more excellent letters on this link.
City Council Member, Nanette Barragan talks to Time Warner Cable Local Edition host, Brad Pomerance, about a measure on oil drilling rights, among other topics. She is speaking as a resident, not for the city council.
Mike Collins and Kevin Sousa speak out against E&B Natural Resources and the possibility of oil drilling in the small,1.3 square mile town of Hermosa Beach, Ca.