Oil & Gas waste disposal company applies for permit renewal
Anterra Energy in Oxnard has submitted an application to the Ventura County Planning department for a renewal of their permit to operate the Class II Oil Field waste disposal and injection site on Wooley Road in Oxnard. The existing land use permit expires next month.
CFROG has requested a copy of the permit application (PL18-0089), and as of today (July 16, 2018) the county is still assigning a case planner. The file can be viewed at that time. Update: 12:20pm, CFROG has obtained a copy of the 168 page application and is reviewing it, also in light of the historic land use permit files we have.
Anterra was the subject of a District Attorney investigation (news reports here and here) that did not lead to charges. The company also sought a zoning amendment that would allow the grandfathered operation to continue past the current permit timeline at the existing location. In 2015, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors determined the injection of oil field waste was not compatible with "AE" - Agricultural Exclusive zoning. In a 4-1 vote, (VC Star article here) the supervisors told staff to stop processing/researching the zoning amendment Anterra has requested. Here is a letter to the editor by Supervisor John Zaragoza about why he opposed the zoning amendment.
In 2013 a company representative told the Santa Paula City Council (the company was looking to open a facility just outside Santa Paula City Limits) that the company had "outgrown" the Oxnard facility, here is the news story in the Santa Paula Times.
In 2014 the county cited Anterra for permit violations related exceeding the number of allowed truck trips, the company appealed to the Planning Commission which upheld the citations (VC Star article here).