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Ventura County board OK’s up to $1M to defend oil and gas lawsuits

Ventura County supervisors have boosted the maximum contract amount to $1 million for a private law firm defending the county government against 10 lawsuits challenging  newly adopted oil and gas rules.

Acting County Counsel Michael Walker said the San Francisco firm of Cox, Castle & Nicholson is representing the county in the lawsuits objecting to restrictions on the petroleum industry in the county general plan and rules requiring environmental review for decades-old oil and gas permits.

“Each of the lawsuits have a different set of plaintiffs,” he told the Ventura County Board of Supervisors before the panel’s unanimous vote Tuesday approving the increase.

“In each of the lawsuits, those plaintiffs are actively and aggressively pursuing the relief they’re after,” Walker said.

Fees for defending the 10 lawsuits are not covered by insurance, Walker said.

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2021-02-25 15:26:38

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