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Urgent action needed now: Your comment can help stop new federal oil drilling in Ventura County.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments until this Friday, September 7 regarding their plans to open up new oil leases across California to more drilling and fracking - including lands in Ventura County - Ojai Valley, Sespe Wilderness and more.
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Tell the BLM new oil drilling at these locations would risk local water, air quality and public health.
The investigation into a dumping incident on South Mountain Road has been completed. According to the Ventura County Environmental Health Division it was an accidental release of non hazardous mud over the cliff. A concerned resident had contacted CFROG with a report and photographs of the spill from the top of a steep hillside along South Mountain Road in Santa Paula, within an active oil field. David Wadsworth with the county tells CFROG the oil company, CRC, is drilling a new well and hired the Nor-Cal company to do some hydro-excavating where pressurized water is fired into the ground and the mud is vacuumed into a tanker. The tanker took the mud down to another location where it was supposed to be deposited on the ground so it could dry and be used to build a containment berm around the new well. Instead, the driver got too close to the edge and all 12 cubic yards of material went down hill. Both the Division of Oil,Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) and Fish & Wildlife also investigated.
Photo 1 : taken Aug. 23, 2018. Looking down to South Mountain Road,
showing path of "sludge" flow .
Photo 2: taken Aug. 23, 2018. Spot at top of hillside, showing more than one vehicle trip in and out of location.
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A dangerous potential oil spill on the Northern Ventura County coast has been prevented. High pressure in old oil wells on Rincon Island has been lowered and all the wells will be plugged and abandoned. On July 24, 2018 CFROG toured Rincon Island . Here is our first new video update on the clean up work being overseen by The State Lands Commission .
Thank you to CFROG Advisory Board member Jimmy Young for his video, drone and editing skills.