Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Mirada Petroleum’s request to drill three new wells and re-drill an existing well in an oil field in Upper Ojai has been approved by Ventura County Planning Director Kim Prillhart. This approval also allows the oil company to use Koenigstein Road to access the oil production site over the next 25 years.
A 1983 permit did not authorize Mirada to use Koenigstein Road, but county officials say Mirada had no other option when the private access road the company was supposed to use washed away in 1995. This approval abates the violation of using Koenigstein Road for the past 20 years.