- Goal: To protect the Gaviota Coast and Santa Barbara County from ExxonMobil’s massive and risky oil trucking project
- Year Started: 2018
- Clients: Get Oil Out! and SCBAN
ExxonMobil is looking to jumpstart oil production from three offshore oil platforms shuttered since the devastating 2015 Plains All American Pipeline oil spill at Refugio State Beach. That spill released more than 140,000 gallons of heavy crude oil onto the Gaviota Coast and into the Santa Barbara Channel, killing more than 300 marine mammals and seabirds, closing fisheries and beaches for months and spreading oil as far as 150 miles away. Now ExxonMobil wants to start drilling again and to facilitate that, they are seeking permission for up to 70 roundtrip truck transits, transporting more than 470,000 gallons of oil every day for up to seven years.
Trucking is one of the most dangerous ways to transport oil. ExxonMobil’s proposal would require constant tanker traffic from the company’s Las Flores Canyon processing facility, along the fragile Gaviota Coast, and on regional roads for years to come. EDC and our clients are deeply concerned by the risks of more spilled oil, traffic impacts, and air quality, and we will continue our efforts to convince the County to deny ExxonMobil’s application.