Some environmentalists want Santa Barbara decommissioned oil rigs to stay

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Chris Peltonen (left), president of Beacon West, watches as the boat pulls away from oil platform Holly in the Pacific Coast waters near Santa Barbara at sunset on March 07, 2018. Photo credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times

The view from the beach in Santa Barbara is not pristine. Dotting the horizon are nearly two dozen oil rigs. They’ve been there for decades. Most locals hate them. Now some of them are being decommissioned and dismantled. But environmentalists want them to stay.


Dave Bautista, operations supervisor for Beacon West, walks the well-worn helipad deck high above the Pacific on oil platform Holly off the coast near Santa Barbara on March 07, 2018. Photo credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times

Dave Bautista inspects one of the many various deck levels filled with machinery high above the Pacific on oil platform Holly off the coast near Santa Barbara on March 07, 2018. Photo credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times