Huasna oil plan stirs comment
May 16, 2012
County supervisors Tuesday listened to a parade of people during a half-day public hearing as they voiced opinions on a proposed Excelaron oil drilling plan in rural Huasna Valley. No action by the board is expected until August 21.
Opponents of the plan cited general objections and expressed fears that the Excelaron company’s operations would create noise and fire potential and involve procedures not yet publicly discussed.
The plan currently calls for drilling as many as 12 wells on the Mankin Ranch to produce 1,000 barrels of oil daily.
The county planning commission denied the project in March, but Excelaron officials changed their plans to mitigate those expressed concerns. They have introduced a new drilling plan to reduce noise and visual issues.