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Ventura County Planning Commission To Look At Oil Well Controversy

A proposal to extend a permit for an oil facility on the South Coast, and allow some expansion is generating controversy.

On Thursday, the Ventura County Planning Commission is set to look at the proposal for an existing 27 acre oil facility southeast of Oxnard, on the 3200 block of Etting Road. Renaissance Petroleum wants a 30 year extension of its conditional use permit for the facilities. The proposal calls for adding four new oil and gas wells to its existing one on the site, as well as some replacement tanks, and other equipment.

The County Planning Division ruled that the plan is in compliance with the area’s zoning, but some environmental groups are appealing the decision contending more study is needed, and that it’s not compatible with the area.

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.