An operator has submitted an application to the Ventura County Planning Department to expand an existing oil and gas operation on the Oxnard Plain. The proposal is for 79 new oil wells to extract tar sands by using an extreme extraction process called cyclic steam.
The project as submitted -
- increases air emissions in the county by 5% - just one project.
- would allow 79 wells to be drilled through 5 groundwater basins in the Oxnard Plain.
- would be processed as a "zoning clearance" - with no public hearings, no environmental review.
- relies on an environmental impact report conducted in 1979.
- county policy allows this type of expansion on old land use permits with no modern environmental review.
- the process of extracting tar sands is energy intensive, requires crude oil to be trucked in and mixed with the tar sands so it can be trucked or piped.
- Cyclic steam uses extremely high temperatures to make the tar sands, the consistency of peanut butter, flow up the well - but those extreme temps can impact the cap rock below the groundwater aquifers.
- Contact your County Supervisor to let them know this project requires proper environmental review and extracting tar sands with cyclic steam at this location is to risky to the underlying aquifers.
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CFROG Photo, April 2018: Current facility at Sturgis Road, near where the 79 wells are proposed.