County rejects appeal of Mirada’s 25-year oil well permit

Kit Stolz, Ojai Valley News correspondent
By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors rejected the appeal of a permit authorizing drilling of three oil wells about a half mile from the intersection of Koenigstein Road and Highway 150 in Upper Ojai.
The appeal was filed by the environmental group Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) and a group of Upper Ojai residents.
Brian Baca, the commercial and industrial director of the county’s Planning Division, outlined the Agnew Lease project to the supervisors, defending his division's support for the proposal by Mirada Petroleum.
“This is our fifth public hearing on this permit,” he said. “We have followed all the rules, including the general plan and haven’t identified any evidence that we’ve broken any laws or violated any regulations.”

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