Professor Barandiaran: "Cat Canyon Emissions Numbers Are Wrong"

Event Date: 

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 5:30pm

Global Studies Professor Javiera Barandiaran and Dr. Tristan Partridge published an article recently with the SB Independent: "Cat Canyon Emissions Numbers Are Wrong - Official Figures Are Far Worse”. Click here for the full article.

"At the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission hearing in Santa Maria on March 13, the statistics presented regarding “responsible domestic energy” were inaccurate. Mistakes were made with figures for oil operations both at Cat Canyon and elsewhere in the world. At the hearing, we were told that extracting oil domestically is preferable to importing oil specifically in terms of carbon intensity. This claim, however, is false.
Our fact-checking also shows that in the most recent data available, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) gives Cat Canyon a carbon intensity, or greenhouse gas emissions, of 7.83 g/MJ (grams per megajoule). This is almost double what we heard at the hearing, where the out-of-date figure of 4.08 g/MJ was presented. The state’s official figures for the proposed steam injection techniques at Cat Canyon are much worse than those presented last week. It would be irresponsible for the county to allow the project to proceed.
The urgency of climate change means we must rapidly and dramatically reduce all our consumption of oil, wherever in the world it comes from".