Goleta Opposes Proposal to Truck Offshore Oil on California Highways

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The result of 2015 Plains All American Pipeline oil spill on Santa Barbara County beaches (Photo: US Coast Guard)

Source: Environmental Defense Center

The Goleta City Council today voted to oppose ExxonMobil’s proposal to restart its dormant offshore drilling platforms and truck that oil up California’s coastal highway and across Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties.

ExxonMobil’s three offshore drilling platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel have been idle since a coastal oil pipeline that served them failed in 2015, causing a massive oil spill that blackened Santa Barbara area beaches and killed hundreds of birds and marine animals.

The company now proposes to transport that oil to processing facilities using up to 70 oil tanker trucks a day on narrow, winding highways and roads, all day and all night, risking explosive crashes and oil spills along California’s Central Coast and the Santa Maria watershed. Their annual cargo of 4 million barrels of oil would emit carbon pollution equivalent to burning two billion pounds of coal.

“We applaud the City of Goleta for standing up to ExxonMobil and protecting our coast,” said Linda Krop, chief counsel for the Environmental Defense Center, which represents Get Oil Out! and Santa Barbara County Action Network in fighting the proposal. “ExxonMobil’s proposal would expose the public to the risk of oil tanker accidents, increased air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and another oil spill along the California Coast.”

"Opposition to offshore oil is at record highs in California, and that is particularly true here in Goleta, which was closest to the 2015 oil spill. Pipelines are risky enough, but trucks are even worse,” said Katie Davis, chair of the Sierra Club’s Santa Barbara Group. During the Thomas Fire, when people were evacuating, a tanker truck accident shut down the 101 in Goleta. If this happened on the Gaviota coast, we would have no way around it." 

“ExxonMobil’s proposal to truck oil 140 miles threatens California’s highways and coastline,” said Blake Kopcho, an ocean campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Allowing oil trucks 24 hours a day to serve three decrepit offshore drilling platforms is a double whammy. Californians want to end dirty drilling off our coast, not resurrect aging oil platforms and invite a steady stream of tanker trucks onto our roadways.”  

The most recent federal highway data show there were 55,633 large trucks involved in injury crashes in 2016, killing 4,213 people. Oil tanker trucks carry the additional risk of explosions and oil spills on a proposed trucking route along the Pacific Ocean and through habitat for several endangered species.   


The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

The Environmental Defense Center is a public interest law firm that protects and enhances the environment through education, advocacy, and legal action.

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a-1558616641 Feb 20, 2019 03:19 PM
Goleta Opposes Proposal to Truck Offshore Oil on California Highways

Like Earth Day in SB....no parking for blocks and blocks around Alameda Park, filth and garbage strewn about. Plastic cups? The earth people have got them by the thousands....but no plastic straws. Laughable. Keep driving greenies, but do NOT lecture me!

420722 Feb 20, 2019 02:46 PM
Goleta Opposes Proposal to Truck Offshore Oil on California Highways

Funny how everyone that opposes this probably drives a car. Of course this oil isn’t used for our cars but where is your sympathy for the destruction happening from where your car oil DOES come from??? Oh yea, you don’t have to see therefore you don’t mind. As long as it’s not in your neck of the woods right?

Flicka Feb 20, 2019 11:33 AM
Goleta Opposes Proposal to Truck Offshore Oil on California Highways

The argument "if you drive a car you need to let the oil companies do whatever they want" is long outdated. The oil cars would use has been taken from our channel. Why do you think Union Oil and Chevron have left? Of course there are other uses for the oil, making plastic and asphalt are a couple. Not worth wrecking our coast.

Factotum Feb 20, 2019 10:29 AM
Goleta Opposes Proposal to Truck Offshore Oil on California Highways

A few hundred birds died in this extremely rare oil spill accident, while hundreds or thousands of birds get killed daily by wind turbines or fried into puffers by the intense solar generation installations. Who has the better bird safety argument? The pipe lines obviously.

PitMix Feb 20, 2019 10:05 AM
Goleta Opposes Proposal to Truck Offshore Oil on California Highways

Coastwatch, I guess your point is that because our transportation system is based primarily on fossil fuel, then we need to let the fossil fuel industry do whatever they want and subsidize them as much as possible. Like being one of the few states that does not charge an extraction tax (even Texas does this!), letting them operate pipelines unsafely, and letting them destroy our roads. We might have to use fossil fuel, but we don't have to be stupid about it.

PitMix Feb 20, 2019 08:25 AM
Goleta Opposes Proposal to Truck Offshore Oil on California Highways

One loaded tanker truck damages the road as much as about 20,000 passenger cars. If they let them transport the oil, then they should also have to pay for the cost of the road damage. Since freeway repair is about $1M per mile, I wonder if it would be economical at that point?

CoastWatch Feb 20, 2019 09:28 AM
Goleta Opposes Proposal to Truck Offshore Oil on California Highways

@PITMIX ...how do you "fuel" 20,000 cars...? How do you fuel the AMAZON delivery trucks...? Does your vehicle have one of those wind-machines on it? Is it running on "electricity" that is just produced out of the air we breathe...? LMAO~

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