abandoned oil wells

A polluting oil well in the near-shore waters off Summerland beach will now be capped to prevent any further leaking.

The Becker well dates back decades, when onshore and offshore drilling took place in the area.

The well was never sealed off properly.

The governor signed into law a bill by a state senator from Santa Barbara to monitor and cap some abandoned, and potentially leaky oil wells off the California coast.

Governor Brown signed SB 44, the Coastal Oil Well Cleanup and Remediation Act. It requires the State Lands Commission to catalog and plug so-called “orphan” wells off the coast, and provides two million dollars annually from state mineral leases to pay for the effort.