Bakersfield man trying to drill for oil near Huasna Valley

March 24, 2014

oil pumpA 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.


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Don’t you think we do enough in SLO county with a nuclear power plant, price cyn, and the new solar fields?

This project is a partnership of oil rights owned by subsidiaries, including Alamo Creek Oil Co, of Australian Oil Company, the founders of Excelaron and who are currently suing San Luis Obispo county for billions.

Drill baby drill.

Meeting on Porter Ranch Issue Tonight, 6:30 p.m.

The oil development at Porter Ranch is an issue being addressed by local clean-water and anti-fracking groups.

There will be a meeting tonight of the South County Advisory Committee, held at the Nipomo Community Services District Board Room, at 6:30 p.m.

Thanks to local activist work (and a packed City Council Chambers), the City of Arroyo Grande sent a powerful letter to the SLO County Board of Supervisors in opposition of fracking in San Luis Obispo County.

The letter can be accessed at:

Map to Meeting:

Please show up and voice your opinion about fracking and the dangers it poses to our community.

So which is more dangerous: fracking here or sending our young men & women to fight wars in the middle east?

I am so tired of our best & brightest being maimed & dying in the lands where our petroleum dollars are being sent.

If fracking in Huasna valley serves to save 1 life, I say frack the crap outta the whole place.

But that’s just my viewpoint, maybe others don’t place such value on the lives of our young fighters.

Thank You ! Well said !

choprzul, I couldn’t agree more

I could not imagine how I would feel if I was on my way to bury a son or daughter who was killed in an area of vast oil reserves and I had to stop for gas on the way and pay $4 + for a gallon… I think I would be pretty upset.

Lets expand our oil production here at home and create some more jobs.