Commission opposes Huasna Valley oil drilling
March 9, 2012
The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted 4-1 against plans to drill as many as 12 oil wells in Huasna Valley noting issues with noise and the danger of fire. [Tribune]
Proponents of the project contend the commissions rejection of the project was based on a staff report that contradicts an Environmental Impact Report done through the county. It is likely the rebuff will be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.
Opponents of the project argue the project is not a compatible use for the pristine valley.
Geologists with Excelaron estimate there are 100 million barrels of oil located under the Huasna Valley with about 6 million barrels recoverable through hot water injection methods.
The two commissioners who most adamantly objected to the project were Carlyn Christianson, who represents Supervisor Adam Hill and Commissioner Ken Topping, who represents Supervisor Bruce Gibson. Christianson argued that the Huasna Valley is not a suitable place for drilling and Topping said his objection was because of fire danger.