Leaking Becker Oil Well to be Capped

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Leaking Becker Oil Well to be Capped
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Photo: HTO Board Member Heather Hudson

Source: Heal the Ocean

Summerland Beach was a scene of great joy [Monday morning], as the barge from Curtin Maritime, Long Beach, arrived to the coastline and positioned itself to lower the construction equipment to cap the infamous leaking Becker Well. Heal the Ocean was there to confer with State Lands Commission officials, who were watching the operation from Lookout Park, and to discuss future operations to follow on the other offshore/underwater wells.

Under SB 44 (Hannah-Beth Jackson), there will be $2 million per year to tackle leaking, derelict wells and structures along the California Coast. To prepare for specific projects, and with funds provided by Manitou Fund, Minnesota, HTO hired Aqueos, Ventura, to conduct an aerial survey of the wells offshore Summerland. The results of the aerial survey identified four distinct wells, and HTO’s plan with Aqueos has been to follow that survey with a dive survey, so that offshore contractors can know exactly the requirements to cap these underwater structures.

We learned today while watching the Becker operation that part of the Becker project is a requirement for an underwater survey, to ensure that the capping is complete. State Lands petroleum drilling engineer Steve Curran told us this morning that there is enough funding from Becker to not only do the underwater examination of this well – but the others, too. That saves HTO a lot of money…which will go to other cleanup projects we have on our plate, courtesy of Manitou Fund. We thank Michael and Nora McNeely Hurley of Manitou for this invaluable support. The Hurleys were at the Becker capping today, and there were many reasons to celebrate.


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Channelfog Mar 01, 2018 09:02 AM
Leaking Becker Oil Well to be Capped

The mud was not that toxic. You want to find local toxic, go to Ken Hunters' defunct operation at Casmalia. THAT is something we want to keep out of the Ocean.

a-1519857212 Feb 28, 2018 02:33 PM
Leaking Becker Oil Well to be Capped

They were there, and they responded pretty thoroughly. Read it here: https://www.edhat.com/news/county-responds-to-dumping-on-local-beaches

muitobem Feb 28, 2018 09:59 AM
Leaking Becker Oil Well to be Capped

A hearty hurrah to Hillary, Hannah-Beth, and all who doggedly fought for this project. It's wonderful to see it finally come to fruition.

Channelfog Feb 28, 2018 08:28 AM
Leaking Becker Oil Well to be Capped

It is wonderful that these abandoned wells are being sealed. The wells onshore also pose dangers. Years ago a small child went into the shrubs in the backyard to retrieve a ball only to vanish. The boards over the 300' well bore had rotted and the child fell and died. The father was in the yard at the time and thought his child was supervised and safe until vanishing.

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