Jun 9, 2015 8:44 PM by News Staff
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Officials have denied a request by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break and spill.
The county's Planning and Development on Tuesday rejected the emergency permit application, saying it didn't meet the requirements for expedited review. Officials say Exxon can apply again through the regular permitting process.
Exxon normally moves oil from three offshore platforms through more than 10 miles of pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline. The movement has been stopped since the pipe ruptured on May 19, fouling beaches.
Environmentalists praised the decision.
A message to Exxon was not immediately returned.
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