County will hear oil well issue again

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Three idle oil wells in Upper Ojai will be on the agenda when the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meets Nov. 15. Continued from the Board’s Nov. 1 meeting, the agenda item calls for a de novo hearing to consider granting a modified conditional use permit (C.U.P.) and certification of an environmental impact report authorizing re-activation of the wells. The Board also will hear an appeal of the county's decision to approve the re-activations.
Located one mile east of Koenigstein Road's northern end, the wells are the property of the Santa Paula-based Mirada Petroleum Inc. The Ventura County Planning Commission voted July 28 to deny an appeal by Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) to stop the project, which also grants access to the three wells by way of Koenigstein Road.

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