State regulators hear public opinion on decommissioning Platform Holly

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Since the 2015 Refugio oil spill, a number of offshore platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel have been closed. Holly is one of them and is now set to be decommissioned. Photo credit: (CC BY 2.0)

The State Lands Commission recently held a local meeting to update the public and generate ideas for the future of Platform Holly. 

Following the 2015 Refugio oil spill, and the bankruptcy the oil corporation that leased Platform Holly, the state of California took control of the entire platform. All the platforms in the channel except Holly are in federal waters, which means Holly is the only platform that California oversees.

While no future drilling will take place at the platform, its future is still uncertain. There have been questions about whether it should be disassembled or remain in place and serve as an artificial reef.

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Guest:
Nico Navarro - Freelance reporter

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Carolina Starin