Supporters of a proposed oil pipeline, responding to complaints that they had not given adequate notice of a plan for an alternate route that would cut through the heart of the San Fernando Valley, said Wednesday night that monthly meetings will be scheduled to "listen to the gripes and suggestions" of residents and public officials.
The planned pipeline, designed to carry crude oil from the coast of Santa Barbara County to refineries in southern Los Angeles County, is now being reviewed for its effects on the environment.
The 30-inch, 130-mile pipeline, which would be operated by Atlantic Richfield Co., Chevron Corp., Shell Oil Co., and Texaco Inc., would follow one of two proposed routes once it enters the Valley in the Sylmar area.
The route favored by the oil companies would travel through the East Valley near the Foothill Freeway, then south on Glenoaks Boulevard through Burbank. An alternate route would take it through Northridge, Reseda, Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks, heading south on Balboa Boulevard, east on Victory Boulevard and then south again on Sepulveda Boulevard.