Exxon challenges California county’s denial of oil trucking permit

by | May 13, 2022 | Business

Breadcrumb Trail Links PMN Business Author of the article: Reuters Steve Gorman Publishing date: May 13, 2022  •  26 minutes ago  •  2 minute read  •  Join the conversation Article content LOS ANGELES — Exxon Mobil Corp has gone to court seeking to force local California government officials to allow shipment of crude oil from coastal facilities to inland refineries by dozens of tanker trucks a day until replacement of a pipeline that burst in 2015, causing a major spill. In a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the energy giant challenged the denial of its trucking permit application by the Santa County Barbara County Board of Supervisors, calling the panel’s 3-2 vote against the plan in March a “prejudicial abuse of discretion.” Advertisement 2 Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Exxon claimed the board’s majority had essentially made up its mind to reject the application rather than deciding the issue on its merits, resulting in a “de facto ban on crude oil production and transportation.” Exxon asserts that the board’s action effectively prevents the company from restarting three offshore drilling platforms and refinery operations shut down after a badly corroded pipeline ruptured along the Pacific shoreline near Santa Barbara on May 19, 2015. As much as 3,400 barrels of crude oil escaped from the line, owned by Plains All American Pipeline. It marked the worst oil spill to hit the energy-rich but ecologically sensitive coastline northwest of Los Angeles since a 100,000-barrel blowout in the Santa Barbara Channel in 1969. Advertisement 3 Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Plains was convicted in 2018 on criminal charges of fouling the environment and harming wildlife. The Houston-based company later agreed to pay some $60 million to settle civil charges of violating federal pipeline safety laws. Plains has since appli …

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