State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s Senate Bill 44 — the Coastal Oil Well Clean Up and Remediation Act — passed off the Senate floor last week on a 31-5 bipartisan vote. The bill aims to allocate up to $2 million annually — derived from state mineral leases — toward properly capping leaky coastal oil wells long-abandoned by companies no longer in business. Several of these so-called orphaned wellheads — such as the Becker Well (pictured)— have fouled Summerland shores for years, prompting beach closures in 2015. Jackson’s bill now faces the Assembly.
A survey team led by the State Lands Commission inspects Summerland Beach, where recent storms have uncovered historic oil wellheads.
Coastal Well Cleanup Bill Clears Senate
Thursday, June 8, 2017
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