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Well, well, well: Bill stops short of addressing Ojai Valley drilling locations

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Photo by John Brooks

Oak View resident John Brooks took this photo of an old well on private property in 2015.

Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Last month, Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson introduced Senate Bill 800 — the Coast Oil Well Cleanup Act — that makes the California State Lands Commission responsible for plugging old oil wells in California coastal waters when the oil company is no longer in business or otherwise cannot be held responsible. However, the bill does not address the hundreds of antiquated wells located inland, including old wells in the Ojai Valley.

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