March 19, 2013
Kimberly Rivers, OVN correspondent
Tomorrow, Ventura County’s Planning Division will review Mirada Petroleum’s application to expand a conditional use permit allowing for 11 new oil wells on part of the Ojai Oil Fields above Thomas Aquinas College near Upper Ojai. The public hearing is set for 10 a.m. at the Ventura County Government Center, 800 Victoria Ave., in Ventura.
As stated in the staff report, the permit, if approved, will include “The testing, drilling, production, reworking and maintenance of nine proposed oil and gas wells and two existing wells,” on an existing drilling pad in land that borders the Los Padres National Forest. Activities also included in the application are the “operation of existing equipment associated with the storage, processing and transporting of oil, gas, and water.”
The proposal does not include new grading or removal of vegetation as existing pads and roads will be used.
“The meeting will constitute the final public hearing,” according to the meeting notice. “Following the meeting, the planning director will approve or deny the project and impose any necessary conditions.”
This meeting is the public’s opportunity to have their concerns or support for the proposed new wells put on the record. Only items on the record following this hearing may be brought to bear in any future appeals regarding this conditional use permit. The application and staff report are available online at www.ventura.org/rma/planning/meetings-agendas/planning-director.html, the Ventura County Planning Division’s website.
The meeting will be held in the Santa Cruz Conference room, on the third floor.