Summerland’s Shore Gets Funding To Plug Leaking Oil Wells

Summerland’s Shore Gets Funding To Plug Leaking Oil Wells

Summerland, California: State Senator Monique Limon and Assemblyman Gregg Hart have announced the grant of $500,000 to the groups involved in plugging the leaking oil wells off the coast of Summerland.

Heal the Ocean and other groups have been volunteering for the task and the funding will be directed towards mapping the area and subsequent cleanup. It will be a part of the Summerland Oil Mitigation Study (SOMS).

Many of the companies involved in the oil drilling projects have not properly sealed the wells and have gone bankrupt. The wells were abandoned decades ago and the residents have been facing issues since then. The result of the leaks is frequent tar balls and oily components that wash up on the beach, though occasionally they have been blocked by wave action.

Funding for the Legacy Well Re-Abandonment Programme is provided by Senate Bill 44 (Hannah-Beth Jackson) of 2017, which caps the work at $2 million annually. The funding came from the state as part of continuous initiatives to regularly work on environmental cleanup in this area.

Beverly Hills and Signal Hill also have undergone similar cleanup programs for the abandoned wells. Hillary Hauser, executive director of Heal the Ocean said, “It allows them to do 20 times more. To really find out what’s going on, we’ve been poking around in the dark.”

The team presented evidence to the  State Lands Commission and persuaded the authorities to continue the work. Members from the Summerland community were also there and supported the ongoing efforts.

The funding will help the organization to use equipment from Bubbleology Research Institute.

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