Legal Action to Protect Endangered Species and Enforce CEQA

Current Status: May 2017 -

Expect judicial review to be set in late summer - early fall.

Legal action pending in Ventura County Superior Court

CFROG joined The Center for Biological Diversity and Los Padres ForestWatch as co-claimants against Ventura County in legal action to protect endangered species and enforce laws regarding setback requirements for oil wells from streams. The claimants are represented by Chatten-Brown & Carstens. The original project applicant is California Resources Corporation a spin off of Occidental Petroleum. As of May 2017 the lease has been taken over by Carbon California.

CLICK HERE to view the press release for the filing of legal action in November 2015.

Here is a video taken on May 13, 2017. John Brooks, CFROG Board Member explains the problems at Drill Pad 7 that are raised in our legal action. 

The project site is located in Santa Paula Canyon, with drill pads along Santa Paula Creek and the Punchbowl Trail, passing Thomas Aquinas College off of Highway 150. 

The project is a serious expansion of oil and gas activity in an area where drilling today would not be allowed if current laws were properly applied. The operator was asking to add 19 new oil and gas wells, and Ventura County failed to study the impacts to the California Condors and Steelhead trout - as required by law. Condors nest in the canyons around the proposed wells and Santa Paula Creek is a confirmed habitat for Steelhead trout. Both are federally protected and endangered.