Everyone in the community acted quickly last May to help clean up after the oil spill near Refugio Beach. Volunteers jumped to action to help protect the environment and the wildlife.

But all too soon it seems we’ve forgotten we have more work to do. What about the long-term impacts? Like the oil still sitting in storage tanks with nowhere to go while the pipelines are being repaired? I’ve read some experts predict it could be as long as five years before the pipelines are up again! Not only is that deferring much needed tax revenue for services and schools, but it also seems very irresponsible to just leave the tanks sitting there full of oil. What if a natural disaster like an earthquake were to happen?

Moving the oil out on trucks is the all-around best choice. It’s a limited amount of oil that can be moved out quickly in late-night hours with little or no impact to the general public. It gets the oil out of the tanks and the tax dollars into the schools.


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