Exxon Aims to Transport Oil Using Fleet of Tankers After Pipeline Ruptures in Santa Barbara County

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How do you move thousands of gallons of crude a day with a key oil pipeline out of commission indefinitely?

Exxon Mobil officials are seeking permission to truck the oil through Santa Barbara County after a ruptured pipeline sent oil spilling into the Pacific Ocean and brought the company's oil transportation operations to a halt.

The company told Santa Barbara County officials Thursday that it wants to send a fleet of 5,000-gallon tanker trucks along U.S. 101 at a frequency of eight trucks per hour, 24 hours a day, every day, said Kevin Drude, the head of the county's energy division.

"They are totally pinched off right now," Drude said. "The only way out of the county is through that pipeline network."

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