Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Large Ranch South of Pinnacles National Monument May Sprout Oil Wells

Friday, August 08, 2008


An Ojai-based oil company could start drilling in San Benito County within months, if county planning commissioners approve the project.

Five Oaks officials own the land, a 13,000-acre cattle ranch near the Monterey County border south of Pinnacles National Monument. Nahabedian Exploration Group officials have the mineral rights.

If exploration is successful, Nahabedian officials would drill 18 wells on 16 acres, Slavich said.
"All the wells are close together and they are right next to the Monterey County line," said Byron Turner, assistant director of planning and building for San Benito County.

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