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SLO City Council voices opposition to proposed oil projects

Posted: 7:28 PM, Jan 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-15 22:28:24-05

The San Luis Obispo City Council voted Tuesday to approve a resolution opposing plans to truck oil and build an oil pipeline through San Luis Obispo County.

ExxonMobil has applied to the County of Santa Barbara to send oil to its processing facilities in Santa Maria and Maricopa via approximately 70 truck trips per day. Those trips would reportedly include travel on southern San Luis Obispo County roads.

Plains All American Pipeline also wants to replace an oil pipeline in Santa Barbara County that ruptured near Refugio State Beach in 2015, spilling more than 140,000 gallons of oil.

Santa Barbara County officials are considering the two proposals.

The resolution approved by the city council in a 5-0 vote is symbolic. It states, “The City of San Luis Obispo opposes any proposal to truck offshore oil along Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Kern County highways and opposes any proposal to build coastal oil pipelines that service the aging offshore drilling platforms.”