Project Title:ExxonMobil Interim Trucking for SYU Phased Restart Project
Case Number: 17RVP-00000-00081
Project Location:Gaviota Area, Santa Barbara County
Assigned Staff and Division:

Jacquelynn YbarraEnergy, Minerals and Compliance Division


On November 3, 2021, the County Planning Commission voted 3:2 (Blough, Ferini no) to recommend that the Board of Supervisors deny the project. A Board of Supervisors hearing date has not yet been identified but is expected in early 2022. This page will be updated once a date has been chosen.


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: The Planning Commission voted 3:2 (Blough, Ferini no) to recommend that the Board of Supervisors deny the project.

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

CEQA Materials

Permit Application Materials

Additional Information

If you have any comments or questions, please contact the project planner, Jacquelynn Ybarra via email.