January 30, 2023
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Aera plans to drill 296 oil wells near Santa Maria


One of California’s biggest oil producers is trying to reboot an old oil field near Santa Maria that could infuse Santa Barbara County with more than $1.3 billion in economic activity. Bakersfield-based Aera Energy submitted a land-use permit application to the Santa Barbara County Planning Department in April to redevelop its East Cat Canyon Project…


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