Rep. Salud Carbajal | Courtesy of Rep. Salud Carbajal

Central Coast Congressman Salud Carbajal is re-introducing legislation to protect federal land on the Central Coast, saying he’s optimistic Congress will be more receptive because of a new Biden administration.

Battle lines are drawn over oil drilling in California

Dec 6, 2019
Adria Watson/CalMatters

Two announcements with implications for California’s oil industry whizzed past each other in recent weeks, revealing starkly conflicting visions for energy development.

After a five-year hiatus on auctions for oil-drilling rights on federal land, Washington finalized a plan to allow them on more than 700,000 acres in 11 Central California counties. A more significant proposal to include parcels on more than 1 million acres in the Bakersfield area is due in the next few months.

Hank Hadley, KCBX

If you've been to the pump recently on the Central Coast, you've probably noticed higher-than-usual gas prices. For weeks, prices have been hovering around the $4.00/gallon mark, and now it's up to $4.29 for regular unleaded in Cambria. 

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Gas prices are falling quickly in California, and that trend is expected to continue in the days to come according to industry experts. 

Flickr member Mike Mozart

Gas prices in California are now 37 cents-per-gallon cheaper than this same time last year, according to fuel tracking company GasBuddy, and they're predicted to continue falling. 

Hank Hadley, KCBX

As travelers head into the Labor Day holiday weekend this year, gas prices are among the lowest seen for this period since 2010, nationally.

The national average according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report is $3.43 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

Metro areas in California however sit about where they did at this same time last year, with an average price of $3.85.

On the always fuel pricey Central Coast, travelers will find higher than the state average rates as usual. Here's the breakdown:

Gas prices are on the rise nationwide, and once again drivers on the Central Coast are paying far more than most.

As of Friday night, Drivers in San Luis Obispo County were seeing, on average, $4.11 for a gallon of regular unleaded—up more than 16 cents from a month ago. This makes it the highest metro average for the entire state.

Santa Barbara County drivers were paying the second highest rate at $4.07 a gallon.