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Backyard Drilling
updated: Dec 11, 2013, 3:15 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know what is going on with what looks like drilling going on in the backyard of the house adjacent to Monroe School on Flora Vista? It looks like quite the serious job.

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 COMMENT 476320 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 03:37 PM

Not water, Flora Vista is hooked up to the city, could be for pilings to stabilize the house but most likely for oil since the Mesa used to be covered with oil wells. :<)

 

 COMMENT 476339 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 04:41 PM

Legacy of the Mesa oil wells. Owner "discovered" that an old oil well that was not shown on his Title Report, was not properly abandoned. There are a whole slew of these on the Mesa, this one just happened to be discovered!

 

 COMMENT 476340 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 04:42 PM

Maybe they are capping an old oil well site. There are lots of old wells that were abandoned years ago that can create methane leak issues on the Mesa.

 

 COMMENT 476359 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 05:35 PM

Ah! That explains the occasional sulphur smell in that area.

 

 COMMENT 476399P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 08:30 PM

There are a number of old capped wells around the Mesa. The well beneath this house was leaking methane gas and needed capping. Unfortunately it was closer to the house than the original deed map said. The well is being capped now. It is being paid for by a fund set up by all the oil companies for such events. I'm not sure who will pay for the the damage to the house which has occurred. That's what I was told.

 

 COMMENT 476487 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-12 09:12 AM

Good thing such a fund exists as many of the wells were shodily capped with whatever could be found nearby... trees, telephone poles, pier pilings... I wonder who it was who forced the oil industry to create such a fund (certainly NOT a big business apologist/mouthpiece) to protect unwary property owners.

 

 RED CREEK agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-12 04:15 PM

There are maps available showing most of the old well sites on the Mesa thru the County Offices in Santa Maria. If you are a home buyer you might ask your agent, if a seller!!!

 

 COMMENT 476882 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-13 10:12 AM

I'm surprised the oil companies aren't coming in and trying to frack these old wells.

I didn't know this about the mesa, this is something good to think about if trying to buy there.

 

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