Bakersfield man trying to drill for oil near Huasna Valley
March 24, 2014
A Bakersfield man is attempting to get approval from San Luis Obispo County to drill for oil near Huasna Valley, less than two years after oil company Excelaron lost its bid to do so nearby. [Tribune]
Dero Parker, owner of PEOCO LLC, submitted an application to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Department in January to drill four exploratory oil and gas wellls on existing pads at the Porter Ranch located at the southern end of the county. Parker believes he could recover more than 15 billion barrels of oil.
The Porter Ranch is located just north of Highway 166, about six miles southeast of the Huasna Valley site where Excelaron proposed drilling up to twelve wells. Both the county planning commission and board of supervisors rejected Excelaron’s proposal, prompting the firm to file a $6 billion lawsuit against the county.
In 1981, Phillips Petroleum received permission to drill at the Porter Ranch. The oil company later deemed the project uneconomical, though.
Due to the approval of the previous proposal, Parker is simply applying for a minor use permit. Obtaining the permit would not require a public hearing, but opponents could appeal the decision all the way to the board of supervisors.