Saturday, April 29, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 40
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Should oil companies be allowed to drill off the coast in SLO County?

Who are we to stand in the way of a company's profits? Drill away!
Yes but we should be sensitive to environmental concerns and only allow a few drilling operations.
No. It's environmentally destructive and the costs of a spill would be disastrous for SLO County.
No. I'd hate to see the view from our beaches spoiled by ugly oil platforms.

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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.