Arroyo Grande oil extraction project denied
August 22, 2012
The plan called for drilling as many as 12 wells on the Mankin Ranch about 10 miles east of Arroyo Grande on the back side of the Huasna Valley.
Excelaron’s planner Carol Florence requested a continuation in order to provide time for the county’s environmental impact consultant to make changes to his report. She has repeatedly 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.
Supervisor Adam Hill was the first to speak against the project and the continuation noting the risk of fires in the remote area.
Opposing the project because of concerns over the project’s compatibility in the rural area, Supervisor Paul Teixeira drew support from his fellow supervisors.
Nevertheless, county staff said that Excelaron planners can reapply in the future by submitting an amended proposal as a new drilling plan.