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ExxonMobil was forced to temporarily suspended operations at three offshore California platforms on Tuesday after a crude spill last month shutdown a major pipeline.

The company said it had to stop production at three drilling platforms near Santa Barbara after county officials rejected a plan to move crude produced from the platforms by truck on Highway 101.

According to Reuters, halting production at the platforms will shut in about 30,000 barrels of crude per day.

Earlier this month, Exxon proposed an emergency transportation plan that called for tanker trucks to be deployed around the clock after Line 901 ruptured and spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of crude.

The fleet would have moved oil from the company’s facility near El Capitan State Beach to facilities in other parts of California.

Exxon can not appeal the rejection, but it can apply for a non-emergency permit.

Line 901 was shutdown by operator Plains All American on May 19 along with Line 903.

Houston-based Plains All American has not said when it expects the pipelines to be back online.

Preliminary findings released by the Department of Transportation earlier this month identified four areas of the ruptured line that showed “pipe anomalies requiring immediate investigation and remediation.”


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