Oil field anniversary — 100 years and still pumping

040716 ventura oil field march 15 1929

Photo courtesy of Aera Energy

Oil rigs dominate the landscape along Ventura Avenue in March of 1929.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Ojaians are certainly familiar with the sight of pump heads bobbing up and down along Highway 33. What many don’t realize is the productivity of the oil field that lies beneath.

During the last century, the Ventura oil field, comprised of approximately 4,300 acres of largely unincorporated county land, has produced 1 billion barrels of oil, according to Aera Energy spokesperson Michele Newell.

That’s 42 billion gallons of oil.

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