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Channel Islands National Park gets funding to remove abandoned oil well on one of the islands

The Channel Islands National Park has received special funding to remove an abandoned oil well on Santa Cruz Island.
National Park Service photo

The well is near Scorpion Ranch on Santa Cruz Island.

Channel Islands National Park is getting funding to remove an abandoned oil well on one of the islands, as part of a bill which will remove orphaned wells from some national parks.

Legislation pushed by Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal allocates $9.8 million for the removal of some old oil and gas wells from seven national parks. $1.43 million dollars will go to remove an old well near Scorpion Ranch, on Santa Cruz Island.

The abandoned well will be properly covered, the infrastructure will be removed, and the site will be cleared and restored.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.