Excelaron seeking continuance on oil drilling application
August 1, 2012
Officials with Excelaron, the company seeking to drill as many as 12 oil wells in the Huasna Valley near Arroyo Grande, plan to ask the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors for a continuation. [Tribune]
Excelaron’s planner Carol Florence told the Tribune she would be asking the board for a continuation when it meets to discuss the drilling plans on Aug. 21 in order to provide time for the county’s environmental impact consultant to make changes to his report.
A delay could result in the project coming back in front of the supervisors next year when a more business friendly board is in place. Currently, Supervisors Jim Patterson, Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson form a majority. Hill said during his campaign he was opposed to the project.
Debbie Arnold’s recent election is slated to result in a board that is more open to growth and the creation of jobs.
In May, the supervisors listened to a parade of people during a half-day public hearing as they voiced opinions on the proposed Excelaron oil drilling plan.
Opponents of the plan said that drilling would change the character of the area and expressed fears that the Excelaron’s operations would create noise and fire potential.
Florence pointed out that the county planning commission’s denial of the project was based on inaccurate information that conflicted with the county’s environmental impact report. Proponents also touted Excelaron’s offer to pay $1 per barrel of oil into a fund that would pay for installing solar panels in county schools.
In addition, several speakers noted the possibility that the mineral-rights owners would prevail in a lawsuit against the county if the board votes to reject the project.