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Industry Advocates and Environmentalists Clash Over Proposed Oil Trucking On South Coast

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There was no shortage of comments for and against oil trucking Monday night at a Santa Barbara County hearing.

The hearing focused on an ExxonMobil plan to temporarily truck oil to processing facilities in Santa Maria and Kern County if three offshore oil platforms are restarted off the Gaviota coastline. 

The platforms are part of the well-established Santa Ynez unit that has been offline since the Plains All American Pipeline rupture in May 2015.

ExxonMobil wants to truck the oil 24 hours a day, seven days a week at a rate of up to 70 trucks a day.

Oil industry advocates say it's a safe plan that will bring jobs and tax revenue to the area. Opponents say it's dangerous and will put the environment at risk.

The comment deadline is May 28. The plan will eventually go to the Planning Commission and the County Board of Supervisors.