The Beverly Hills City Council approved a resolution to continue management of the plugging of 19 oil wells on the Beverly Hills High School campus.
The City Council has previously authorized the city manager to execute all necessary contracts and documents with a qualified contractor or vendor and the Beverly Hills Unified School District for plugging the wells on the high school campus, as well as any ancillary work necessary to remediate the site.
The city retained WZI, Inc., an environmental consultant specializing in petroleum engineering, to provide technical assistance and oversight of the well plugging process. In April 2018, the city and school district contracted with ARB, Inc., to provide oil well monitoring and abandonment services. ARB continuously monitors the oil wells and maintains the pressure at a safe level. The oil well derrick was removed in July and the oil well plugging operation began in August 2018. Six wells have been plugged to date.
To expedite decision-making as the plugging process moves to the remaining wells, three methodologies have been approved by the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources for fishing out the equipment: drilling the cement retainer, milling down non-metallic structures and cementing in place.
Last week, the school district rejected an amendment from the city that would have limited the city’s funding of the plugging to $8 million out of a projected $21-26 million. The wells are on district-owned land, and both sides have profited from the revenue they’ve generated over the years.
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