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Environmental Group Announces Settlement With Oil Company Over Storm Water Pollution Concerns In Ventura County

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:50am

An environmental group says it’s reached a deal with an oil company which will decrease polluted storm water runoff from an oil, and gas field in Ventura County ending up on some popular beaches.

The Environmental Defense Center says the settlement with Vintage Production California should reduce runoff from the 4200 acre Rincon Grubb oil and gas field. The field is in the hills between Ventura and Carpinteria, with stormwater draining onto public beaches from Hobson County Park, to Solimar.

EDC officials say past tests have shown some high groundwater contamination numbers.

The deal calls for Vintage to implement a comprehensive storm water runoff plan, requires it to notify the EDC before it does fracking in the field, and establishes a nearly $100,000 fund from the company to prevent, produce, and otherwise deal with pollution stemming from the field.

The EDC filed suit last year to try to get Vintage to do something about the situation, saying the company was in violation of clean water laws.

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