Exxon Corp. will comply, under protest, with a U.S. government order to halt California tanker trips effective May 1. The company had been using its RS Baytown tanker to transport its Santa Ynez Unit (SYU) crude oil production from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The circuitous transportation route-north to San Francisco via pipeline from the Santa Barbara Channel, then south via tanker to Los Angeles area refineries-is the result of a predicted shortage of pipeline capacity to Los Angeles area refineries (OGJ, July 18,1994, Newsletter; May 23, 1994, p. 34). Competition for the limited pipeline capacity comes from Santa Ba...

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