Work to clean up leaking oil off Summerland starts Monday, CA

Summerland beach, California. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


After years of community pressure, one of the big polluting wells off the Summerland coast will be capped in a project that starts next week.

The Becker Well dates back decades. That’s when offshore oil was beginning off the California coast and Summerland was a key area for the extraction…

Read Full Article; KEYT (02-21-2018)

Abandoned oil wellhead exposed after rains wash away sand at Summerlamd Beach; CA; Keyt (02-27-2017)

Bill Introduced to Cap Old Oil Wells, Edhat (01-26-2016)
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson has just introduced a bill to monitor and cap California’s old, abandoned and leaking oil wells. It is estimated that there are more than 200 of these so-called ‘legacy’ wells in California, the majority located along the Summerland and Ellwood beaches in Santa Barbara County and along the Central Coast…

Summerland Beach’s Oil Seepage Mystery, Independent (04-23-2011)
Before it became the quaint coastal antiquing capital of the Californian South Coast that it is today, with a reputation for stunningly scenic and often empty beaches, Summerland was the hub of Santa Barbara’s oceanic oil rush at the start of the 20th century, the beach providing ground zero for a series of piers and primitive oil rigs harvesting crude from hundreds of offshore wells…