Monday, May 2, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 40
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Excelaron appeal denied

By COLIN RIGLEY

A state appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling against oil-drilling company Excelaron.

On July 24, the Second Appellate District court issued its ruling that will uphold the denial of Excelaron’s proposed drilling operation on the Mankins Ranch in the Huasna Valley.

In the 16-page ruling, the court determined that Excelaron failed to file its case in time. After San Luis Obispo County supervisors denied the project in mid 2012, Excelaron filed a case seeking about $6.24 billion in damages.

If approved, the project would have included as many as 12 wells on the ranch, located in rural Arroyo Grande.