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MOBIL TO PLUG AND ABANDON FERGUSON PIER WELLS; PERMIT FOR SANTA BARBARA PROJECT TO BE FILED EARLY IN 1994

 SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobil Exploration & Producing U.S. Inc. announced it plans to plug and abandon 36 wells on the Ferguson Pier in Ventura County, seven miles northwest of Ventura.
 Mobil is shutting down the Ferguson Pier operations because of declining production of the wells. Only nine wells are currently active, each producing an average of 20 barrels of oil and 20,000 cubic feet of natural gas per day.
 "Mobil has operated these facilities in an environmentally safe manner since 1930, and we will continue our protection of the environment throughout the abandonment procedures," said Jim Walmer, area manager of Mobil's California coastal operations.
 The wells are part of Mobil's 148-acre Ferguson Lease, which was initially developed in 1930. A total of 86 wells were directionally drilled during development, all located on the two piers. The field has produced 14 million barrels of oil since 1930. Associated storage and processing facilities are adjacent to the pier.
 Mobil has submitted well-abandonment permit applications to the Department of Oil & Gas and is coordinating activities with the State Lands Commission (SLC) and Berry Petroleum, which owns a section of the pier and facilities connected to the end of the pier. Mobil has begun removing the pumping units from the pier in anticipation of plugging activity, which will begin later this month.
 "The Commission commends Mobil for its record in safely operating the Ferguson Lease for over 60 years and looks forward to working with the company on Project Clearview," said Charles Warren, SLC executive director.
 Mobil is evaluating an SLC proposal to remove a platform and associated barging operations from state waters in the environmentally sensitive Santa Barbara Channel. This project, known as Clearview, is begin evaluated by Mobil at the request of the SLC. The company is preparing a project application to be submitted to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors early in 1994.
 If approved, Clearview would develop and produce oil and gas reserves beneath the Channel from land-based, extended-reach wells and transport it via pipeline.
 "We are pleased that Mobil is pursuing evaluation of our Clearview proposal," Warren said. "The project will provide significant economic benefits to the state and county while at the same time addressing the environmental concerns of Santa Barbara-area residents."
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