Despite E & B’s Efforts: Certification of EIR is Recommended by Planning
The Hermosa Beach Planning Commission unanimously recommended certification of the Final EIR to City Council last night 5-0, stating that it has met the guidelines of the California Enviornmental Quality Act (CEQA). E & B in an 11th hour attempt to delay the certification of the EIR submitted a 12 page letter to the Planning Commission questioning the viability of the EIR as well as adding mitigation to the proposed oil and gas drilling project. The Planning Commission moved to certify the EIR after reviewing E & B’s letter and questioning representatives from Marine Research Specialists (MRS), authors of the EIR. Luis Perez, project manager for MRS, speaking before the Commission stated that after the City Council certifies the EIR any and all mitigations that E & B wishes to add may be placed in the EIR as amendments to the document.
Certification of the EIR in no way is an endorsement of the proposed project, only that the EIR has met the guidelines of CEQA.
The Final EIR has cited 9 significant and unavoidable impacts during construction and re-drilling phases including;
- Aesthetics (views both day and night)
- Air Quality (odors and the release of toxins)
- Biology (oil spills into marine environment)
- Hydrology (oil spills into environment)
- Land Use (incompatible with adjacent uses)
- Risk of upset (spills and explosions)
The Final EIR has cited 6 significant and unavoidable impacts throughout the 35 year life of the project;
- Land Use
- aesthetics during work over rigs 3 months out of each year of the project.
(Chart is available on Final EIR, p. ES-15)