Hearing today could impact oil production in Upper Ojai

Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Residents on Koenigstein Road in Upper Ojai could see an increase in tanker truck traffic and more oil wells could be added in the area of Thomas Aquinas College depending on the outcome of a Ventura County Planning Department hearing this week. 

Santa Paula-based oil company, Mirada Petroleum, has requested permission from the county to reactivate three idle oil and gas wells. In a desperate request, Mirada would like to drill three new wells, rework an existing well, gain access to Koenigstein Road — prohibited by current permit conditions — and extend the Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P) for 25 years. 

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