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|Project Title:||ExxonMobil Interim Trucking for SYU Phased Restart Project|
|Project Location:||Gaviota Area, Santa Barbara County|
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The Planning Commission hearing for the project was held on September 29, 2021. The Planning Commission voted 3:2 requesting that Planning and Development staff prepare Findings for Denial, and voted to continue the project to November 3, 2021. The public may observe the live stream of the November 3rd hearing via the following, beginning at 9:00am:
Local Cable Channel 20;
Online at: http://www.countyofsb.org/ceo/csbtv/livestream.sbc; or
On YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/CSBTV20.
The Project would initiate the phased restart of the existing ExxonMobil Santa Ynez Unit (SYU) facilities by trucking limited crude oil production to receiver sites in Santa Maria and Maricopa, as a temporary solution to transport crude oil to a refinery destination until a pipeline alternative becomes available. Trucking would occur seven days per week, 24-hours per day, with no more than 68 - 70 trucks leaving the Las Flores Canyon (LFC) facility within a 24-hours period to one or both of the two receiver sites. The project would include minor modifications to the LFC facilities including the installation of four Lease Automatic Custody Transfer Units, associated piping, electrical and communication connections, pipe and equipment supports, truck loading racks, operator shelter, paving of selected areas, and minor containment and drainage grading.
November 3, 2021: A second Planning Commission Hearing is scheduled to consider Findings for Denial. The Planning Commission's final recommendations will be presented to the Board of Supervisors in a subsequent hearing.
September 29, 20201: The County Planning Commission requested Staff prepare Findings for Denial, and voted to continue the project to the November 3, 2021 hearing.
September 9, 2021: The Planning Commission Staff Report is available for public review.
August 16, 2021: The proposed Revised Final SEIR is available for public review.
April 20, 2021: The County Board of Supervisors approved Contract Amendment No. 2 for Professional Services Contract No. BC19069 between the County and its CEQA Contractor, MRS Environmental, to revise the previously released Final SEIR to address the change in circumstances which limits the use of the SMPS.
August 12, 2020: Scheduled hearings before the Planning Commission in September 2020 were postponed due to the August 12, 2020 announcement by Phillips 66 to shut down its Santa Maria refining facility and associated pipeline system, which includes the SMPS.
July 29, 2020: The proposed Final SEIR was released to the public on July 29, 2020.
April 2019 - July 2020: The County Planning & Development Department worked with their consultant to respond to public comments received and finalized the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report.
April 12, 2019: The Draft SEIR was released for public review and comment from April 12, 2019 through Tuesday, June 4, 2019. A public meeting was held on Monday, May 6, 2019 6:00 PM at the Santa Barbara County Administration Building, Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Fourth Floor, 105 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara and at the Betteravia Government Center, Board of Supervisors' Hearing Room, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria (via teleconference).
June 2018 – April 2019: County Planning and Development worked with their consultant to complete a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for public circulation and comment.
June 15, 2018: County Planning and Development submitted a Notice of Preparation to the State Clearing House which initiated a 30-day public comment period. A public scoping meeting was held on July 11, 2018.
Feb 20, 2018: County Planning and Development determined that Exxon's application for a Development Plan Revision to be complete.
September 22, 2017: ExxonMobil submitted an application requesting the interim trucking of limited crude oil production of the Santa Ynez Unit from ExxonMobil's facility located in Las Flores Canyon until a pipeline alternative becomes available.
Planning Commission Hearing
- Revised Final SEIR - August 2021
- Final SEIR - July 2020
- Draft SEIR – April 12, 2019
- Scoping Meeting Notice
- Notice of Preparation - June 15, 2018
- Original SYU/LFC Development and Production Plan CEQA Documents
Permit Application Materials
- Project Description
- Environmental Documentation
- Air Quality Analysis
- Emission Calculations
- Quantitative Risk Analysis
- Industrial Risk Analysis
- Crude Oil Transportation Risk Management and Prevention Program (CO-TRMPP)
- Traffic Study
If you have any comments or questions, please contact the project planner, Jacquelynn Ybarra via email.