Until recently, Chevron operated an onshore refinement facility and pier in Carpinteria to service offshore oil platforms.
The following pages show a few of the numerous success stories for MMCG. Over the past three decades, MMCG has been involved in numerous major but sensitive projects involving potentially hazardous operations off the California Coast. MMCG has been consistently selected to design and implement wildlife protection plans for such projects. Many of these projects have been highly visible to the public, readily accessible to media and public alike, and well-publicized. No complaints have been made by the public or from environmental groups during any MMCG project. No significant impacts have been observed on any marine wildlife during such projects, despite the unprecedented scrutiny and high visibility of such projects.
MMCG has earned the respect of the regulatory agencies because of this success record. MMCG has also earned the respect of industry, the military and of various governments because the projects were carried out with no complaints or costly delays. Finally, MMCG has earned the respect of the public and of environmental groups because of its genuine concern for wildlife and its record of successful wildlife protection.
1995-Present: Pipeline repairs and installations in California
MMCG provided marine mammal monitoring for the Las Flores Canyon offshore pipeline installation project.
2005: Removal and installation of offshore structures, Ellwood, California.
This project involved the explosive removal of several very large, steel-reinforced concrete caissons about 250 yards
1998-2004: Other industrial projects
MMCG prepared the marine mammal and turtle sections of various Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact
1998: Mobil Seacliff Pier Complex Decommissioning Project, Ventura, California
Mobil decommissioned a pier and wharf complex northwest off Ventura, California. The project involved the removal of 21
1996: Decommissioning of four oil platforms off Santa Barbara, California
Chevron decommissioned four oil platforms in State waters off the Santa Barbara coast. This project involved extensive use
2000-Present: Fiber-optic cable surveys, installations and repairs off the West Coast
MMCG has been the contractor of choice for marine fiber-optic cable surveys, installations and repairs over the past
1995-Present: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
MMCG has a long relationship with Vandenberg Air Force Base in northern Santa Barbara County.
1964-2004: Other military projects
MMCG prepared the marine mammal sections of the Environmental Assessment for the U.S. Marine Corps
1994: U.S. Navy ship shock trials of USS John Paul Jones, off San Diego, California
To test the integrity of each new class of vessel and its systems, the U.S. Navy detonated 10,000-pound
1976-Present: Disentanglement of whales, dolphins, pinnipeds and sea otters
Howorth has been involved in the disentanglement of marine mammals caught in synthetic debris and nets for many
1976-Present: Government agency projects
Howorth participated in a study of entanglement of marine mammals in synthetic debris in Southern California
1976-2018: Wildlife studies
MMCG and its principals have been involved in numerous sea bird studies involving western gulls, alcids, brown pelicans,
1976-2016: Submerged cultural resource projects
Howorth was one of two authors in a 20-year long, landmark study and assessment of submerged cultural
1999: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, East Span Seismic Replacement Project
This project involved the seismic retrofit of part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
2015-Present: Wind farms
MMCG’s observers have been involved in a number of wind farm projects, both in the U.S. and abroad. Many wind farm