Groups appealing decision to add more oil wells near Punchbowl trail

Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Several groups have joined together to file a second round of appeals to a project that would add 19 new oil and gas wells to an existing oil field near Thomas Aquinas College in Upper Ojai.
This time, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will hear the case.
“We hope the Board of Supervisors will focus on ways to bring this facility into compliance, instead of whether to double the number of existing wells and extend the entire project for another 30 years,” said Jeff Kuyper, executive director with Los Padres ForestWatch (LPFW), which has teamed up with the Center for Biological Diversity and the Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) for the appeals.

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