Asked for their thoughts, Huasna area residents Thursday told the county Planning Commission that they had, at a minimum, strong reservations about a plan to extract oil from the scenic South County valley.
Excelaron, an oil company, is seeking as many as 12 wells on property south of Huasna Road owned by former county Supervisor Howard Mankins.
Oil produced by the project would be trucked to a refinery.
The project would include exploration and testing, production and cleanup, and abandonment of a previous oil exploration effort on the site.
The commission sought to glean public opinion on the proposal, and 20 members of the public testified during a so-called scoping meeting Thursday.
Their comments are to be incorporated into an environmental-impact report, which is intended to measure the potential consequences of drilling, should it be approved.
Everyone who spoke either opposed the project or raised serious questions that, as commissioners noted, were carefully researched and thought out.
Among their claims:
- The drilling would ruin the beauty and character of the bucolic valley. “This isn’t Price Canyon,” said one speaker.