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California State Lands Commission prepares to plug pair of abandoned wells in Goleta

The California State Lands Commission has hired contractors to get the debris out of old well heads that will soon be plugged.

The work will begin by the well piers near the Sandpiper Golf Course.

The work scheduled to begin on Tuesday was pushed back until Wednesday.

Crews expect to be done on Thursday night before the upcoming holiday weekend.

City of Goleta spokesperson Valeria Kushnerov called it a “Win Win” for the city and the commission.

The wells were operated by Venoco before the company went out of business.

If they are in good shape the commission’s Jeff Planck said they will be capped with cement sometime in October.

Beachgoers may notice the work being done on the beach below the golf course.

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