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Environmental Group Decides Not To Appeal Decision Allowing New Onshore Oil Drilling In Ventura County

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:25am

An environmental group decided it won’t appeal a controversial Ventura County Planning Commission decision which would allow some new onshore oil drilling in the county.

In a press release, the group Citizens For Responsible Oil and Gas says it will closely monitor Miranda Petroleum’s permit for nine wells in the Upper Ojai Valley.

The group had appealed a county planning staff decision allowing the wells on existing sites to the Planning Commission, contending more environmental review is needed. At its May 30th meeting, the commission approved the new wells. But, some additional restrictions were added as a result of the appeal, including assurances that no fracking would occur on the sites.

The group, which had hired the Environmental Defense Center to represent it, could have appealed the decision to the County Board of Supervisors.

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