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Mar 30, 2010 2:50 AM by Courtney Meznarich

Locals speak out about Huasna Valley Drilling Project

A controversial oil drilling project was the topic of discussion in Arroyo Grande Monday evening.

Community members got a chance to speak up about what should be included in the Environmental Impact Report for the Huasna Valley Drilling Project.

The oil company, Excelaron, says the project would create 100 jobs. "I believe it's a very good project, I think it's something that should happen. I think it's going to produce significant revenues for the county," said Excelaron President Grant Jagelman. However, opponents worry about pollution and wildfires in a place where emergency response time runs 39 minutes. "The energy source for the plant is going to be propane, and as you know, propane is something that can explode," said ranch owner Dennis Allan.

Traffic was another concern for locals. However, Excelaron says it has since changed the route that oil trucks will take in and out of the Huasna Valley.


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