Complaints filed in VC alleging violations of conditional use permits: Watchdog group CFROG announced this week
This week Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) met with County Planning Director Kim Prillhart and submitted two complaints alleging that Santa Paula based Mirada Petroleum has violated aspects of its conditional use permit CUP to operate oil and gas wells. The complaint focuses on an oil field in the area above Thomas Aquinas College near the Upper Ojai Valley and above Santa Paula.
One complaint claims that Mirada has violated a recent amendment to its CUP that required it file a form with the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources indicating its intention to idle and abandon several wells. CFROG says that according to the County and DOGGR, Mirada has not yet filed those forms, and the CUP required the forms be filed within 90 days of the permit taking effect. That time period has since expired.
The second complaint alleges that a few years ago Mirada drilled a well in a section of "pristine" forest without the necessary permits. That well was supposed to be on an existing oil pad, but instead Mirada drilled it in a spot that did not have any wells.
County staff told CFROG it may take up to 30 days for them to investigate and respond.
Today, Wednesday Oct. 23, CFROG is hosting a breakfast fundraiser where they plan to publicly announce the complaints with Sen. Fran Pavley in attendance. VC
Check this fridays edition of the Ojai Valley News for the full story.