Oil drilling threat stirs Santa Maria angst
July 26, 2013
An 890-acre parcel in Santa Maria is being eyed by an oil company for possible drilling, but an official of Amrich Energy says no plans are on the immediate horizon. (Santa Maria Times)
The so-called Area 9 is part of the once highly-productive Santa Maria Oil Field.
Any drilling that might occur would incorporate a large buffer zone, said Curtis Fernandes, director of business development for the company.
The property once held 74 wells, all of which are now plugged or idle.
Homeowners in the area are raising concerns of noise, odors, toxic emissions and negative impact on home values. Santa Maria’s specific plan allows for such development.
Walter Taylor, who lives near the area, told a reporter the oil designation was a bad idea to begin with. He and other residents sans city officials to strike oil drilling as a use for the area.