An oil company received an emergency permit to deal with possible contamination from a shuttered oil facility on the Central Coast.
There’s concern that underground pollution from the former site of an oil tank at Avila Beach will migrate into the environment.
The County Planning Director issued the permit so Chevron could start containment, and cleanup work. The County Planning Commission will get a full report on Thursday.
The work includes the installation of portable equipment to remove contamination, improving an access road to the site, running power lines to the property, and drilling some monitoring wells.
The Avila Tank Farm was decommissioned in 1998.
Chevron is working on cleanup plans for the site, and has expressed interest in building a resort on the property.