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California Oil Island Draws Heat For Rust, Other Problems

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An oil rig off the coast of Ventura.

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(AP) — California regulators have ordered an offshore oil facility to clean up its act after finding unsafe and severely corroded equipment.

The effort targeting a company with a history of problems is part of stepped-up inspections by state regulators and new attention being paid to idle wells.

The Department of Conservation's oil division issued orders last week to repair or replace equipment on manmade Rincon Island and also to test a damaged underwater well out of operation about 40 years.

State inspectors say the facility a half-mile off the coast of Ventura County and located near a popular surf spots has had a history of problems.

A lawyer for Greka, an oil company that acquired Rincon Island Limited Partnership in 2002, says they are still reviewing the state's order.