Category Archives: SOUTH – Orange County
Banning Ranch Revised Findings on February Agenda
The Coastal Commission, at a hearing at the Newport Beach Civic Center, on February 9 2017, 9 am, will vote on the revised findings from the September 7 2016 hearing (where the proposed NBR project was denied on a 9-1 vote).
This procedure, which is routine after the Coastal Commission takes most actions, will enter the conclusions and other revised findings resulting from the September 7 hearing into the official record.
The item is 12a and the revised staff findings can be found at https://documents.coastal.ca.gov/reports/2017/2/th12a-2-2017.pdf
Banning Ranch Oil Consolidation Approved
At the December hearing in Ventura the Commission approved the Oil Consolidation CDP.
The development proposal that was denied is in litigation. The developer sued the Coastal Commission. There is separate litigation over the original city approval of the project, which is now before the California Supreme Court. A ruling is expected in the next few months.
Banning Ranch Hearing Friday, Dec 9
The hearing on consolidating the oil operations at Banning Ranch has been scheduled for Friday, December 9 in the City Council Chambers at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street.
The Banning Ranch mineral rights owner and oil field operator (Horizontal Drilling LLC) is applying to the Coastal Commission for a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) to consolidate their oil field operation onto, and to drill new wells in, two areas of Banning Ranch totaling 14 acres. These two areas are known as Oil Remainder Areas North and South (ORA-N and ORA-S). ORA-N is proposed for the base of the bluffs where the tank farm is currently located, while ORA-S is proposed for the entrance gate off PCH near Cappy’s were the City of Newport Beach’s oil operation and Sanitation District Bitter Point pump are located. The applicant would then abandon their wells outside ORA-N and ORA-S.
The CCC staff is recommending approval with conditions. The staff report can be reviewed at: https://documents.coastal.ca.gov/reports/2016/12/f14b-12-2016.pdf
The Banning Ranch Conservancy, along with the Sierra Club Banning Ranch Park and Preserve Task Force and other Banning Ranch groups are opposing the approval of the proposed consolidation based on, among other reasons, seismic activity, ESHA buffers, water injection issues, and sea level rise.
As discussed at the CNRCC Meeting in San Luis Obispo, we would like to have a good public presence at the hearing. If you are able to attend, there is information to help you plan your trip on our Ventura Guide. The hearings start at 9:00 am, but there are a number of other items on the agenda before the Banning Ranch item at 14.b.
Sage Advice at CNRCC
Sage, the burrowing owl, addresses the California-Nevada Regional Conservation Committee meeting on the importance of attending the next Coastal Commission hearing in Ventura. Sage had assistance from his translator, seen in the background.
Thanks to Geraldine Villanueva, Sierra Club California Staff, for the photo.
Banning Ranch – Part Two
The next round on Banning Ranch is coming up in December in Ventura.
The owner of the mineral rights (Horizontal Development LLC) and the oil field operator (West Newport Oil Co.) are planning on consolidating their operation, which is currently spread over the entire 400-acre property, onto two small footprints totaling 15 acres, and are specifically applying for a CDP to drill a maximum of 82 new wells on these 15 acres over several decades.
Due to an agreement related to an ongoing lawsuit, the Commission has agreed to hold a hearing on this permit before the end of 2016. It had been tentatively scheduled for November in Half Moon Bay, but is now scheduled for December in Ventura. We would like to get a good turnout for the hearing, which will be held at Ventura City Hall. Members of the Los Padres and Angeles Chapters are encouraged to plan a trip to Ventura for the hearing.
See the Ventura Guide page for travel information.
On September 7, the Coastal Commission voted 9 to 1 to deny the Banning Ranch CDP Application.
Media coverage includes:
Banning Ranch Postponed
The Banning Ranch hearing that was continued in October has been postponed again. It is now expected to be on the May agenda. The May hearings are scheduled for the 11th to 13th in Long Beach. Watch for updates here and on the Banning Ranch Conservancy site.
Banning Ranch hearing moved to March
Banning Ranch hearing moved to March in Orange County or Los Angeles!
The California Coastal Commission has postponed the hearing on the Banning Ranch development project. The hearing has been rescheduled for March 9, 10, or 11 and will take place in Orange County or Los Angeles (location TBD).