12.10.1976, LA Times A.F. Reynolds-2
24 fort I- I- Fri, Dec. 10, 1976 S.os 3ngclrs iDmrs LF EXXON OIL PLANT Continued from Third Page Suzanne Reed, project manager of the outer continental shelf project in Gov. Brown's Office of Planning and Research, called the proposed pipeline pipeline a "creative" use of federal funds that might be available under amendments amendments to the federal Coastal Zone Management Act passed this year. The supervisors also approved a resolution asking President-elect President-elect President-elect Jimmy Carter to give high priority to solving the production and distribution distribution problems of oil, not only from the channel but from the Elk Hills reserve reserve near Bakersfield and from Alaska. County officials said a pipeline would not only lessen air pollution but also the possibility of a collision involving an oil tanker that could result result in a disastrous oil spill. John English, Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District director, warned that vapor emissions on days tankers are being loaded could double or triple the projected levels of hy drocarbons in 1985. In presenting his case for a combined combined land pipeline, Albert F. Reynolds, Reynolds, the county's environmental quality coordinator, referred to Exxon's Exxon's abandonment of a planned shore facility and said, "One of the slated objectives of today's agenda is to try to persuade Exxon to come ashore where they belong." However, Judd Miller, manager of Exxon's Western Production Division, reiterated that the company would proceed with the offshore facility. Exxon decided to process the oil on a converted tanker in federal waters beyond the state's jurisdiction rather than ashore after the dispute with the state Coastline Commission. Although the commission granted Exxon a permit to build the facility, it attached a condition that the company company be required to transport the oil by pipeline instead of tanker. "The cost of construction, the availability of pipeline routes, the amount of petroleum to be transport ed and the rate of return to the pipeline pipeline operators would make the pipeline pipeline economically feasible," the commission commission said. Exxon found this condition unacceptable, unacceptable, and having been told by the TJ.S. Interior Department that it would permit offshore processing in federal waters, opted for that alternative. alternative. This meant, among other things, that natural gas from the wells would be lost because it could not be processed on the floating facility and would have to be reinjected into the wells". Exxon said it was willing to work toward finding a method of bringing the gas ashore. Several alternative pipeline route proposals were discussed, including a northerly route through the county to existing pipeline rights-of-way rights-of-way rights-of-way rights-of-way rights-of-way in the Central Valley. Joe Green, a Santa Barbara County engineer who outlined various pipeline pipeline options, said a myriad of pipelines of 12 inches or greater in diameter already already exist in the state and might be used but little was known about them. "We are not talking about several hundred miles of new pipeline," he said.