Update Aug 17

Update from Hall Canyon Neighborhood meeting regarding update of the spill. Prepared by Robert Chianese from the meeting and working with CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. 

To view the PowerPoint Presentation given at the meeting CLICK HERE. 

HallCanyon_Spill_Aug_17_status.pngResidents’ General Requests to the Unified Command and Responses

By Yvonne Addassi, Liaison Officer for Grove Incident Edited and revised by Bob Chianese (home owner)

Barranca Safety and Awareness Briefing

Jim Morris, Responsible Party Incident Commander (RPIC), Witt/O’Brien’s

The purpose of this briefing was to give folks a sense of the safety hazards associated with work being done in the barranca. Security has reported people in the barranca, after hours and some youths were asked not to enter. The UC takes seriously safety concerns for high school students, especially now that classes are scheduled to begin next week The UC has reached out to the High School and has coordinated with the principal. Additional signage has been posted at the entrances to the barranca as well as other strategic locations. The UC has a tailgate briefing every morning to go over safety. The general safety message from the UC is for folks to be aware of slips, trips and falls; beware of equipment that might have been left behind and cobble piles.

Also the UC pointed out the fact that the barranca is under private ownership and response workers have ability to access and work within the area through permission of the landowner

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Clean Up Update Aug 17

Dear Local Venturans and Members of the Environmental Community 

Attached you will find my compilation and distillation of the information materials presented by Yvonne Addassi, the Liaison Officer for the "Grove Incident" Oil Spill. This information was presented at a meeting of those directly effected by the spill with the Unified Command (UC) on Aug 10.

Addassi represents the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response (CDFR/OSPR), part of the Unified Command in charge of all aspects of the oil spill "incident."  

Addassi and her colleagues are in charge of the clean up. They have agreed to these valuable meetings with those residents directly effected by the oil spill.  Furthermore, they now agree that Addassi's materials presented at the meeting can be circulated to the public.

I have taken it upon myself to make a single document out of the OSPR replies to our requests for information in the form of the powerpoints and pdfs presented at the meeting. I entitle it "Responses to Residents' Requests to the Unified Command."  I asked Addassi to review what I produced, and she and others have approved my notes, only making a few additions. The notes basically respond to oil spill neighbors' requests for more information about the clean up process.  Particularly useful are the charts and diagrams which estimate such things as where the oil is now, how much of it remains in the barranca, and the detailed schedule of clean up work.

I hope the attached document provides useful information for those of us directly effected as well as for the public at large.


Robert Chianese, Hall Canyon Road


HERE IS THE DOCUMENT prepared by Robert Chianese - a summary of the Aug. 14 meeting on the clean up.