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Controversy Over Plans To Clean Up Soil Contamination, Modernize South Coast Gas Facility

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Opponents of the plans are seeking more review.

Efforts to clean up some soil pollution, and modernize a natural gas facility are stirring up controversy, with some opponents planning protest events for this weekend.

Southern California Gas is doing work at its Ventura Compressor Station on the 1500 block of North Olive Street in Ventura. The company wants to remove some contaminated soil at the site, as well as to modernize the facility. Officials say the work is in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.

Last week, there was controversy because of trenching work for a temporary sewer line for a work trailer on the site. The city ordered work stopped, with city and gas company officials meeting to determine if a separate permit is needed for the sewer line. Opponents were worried the trenching was sending contaminated dust into the neighborhood.

The opponents want state regulators to reopen the project’s review process. The Gas Company says it will hold four virtual meetings during the next two weeks to explain the project, and allow people to ask questions.