The mayor of Long Beach found out about a couple of them being full-to-the-brim and tried to start pumping oil to aid the Long Beach city coffers. He was denied a permit, and told to 'shut up about wells being full again.'
I know too that wells drilled in Oklahoma when I was a child (on extensive family property) are also full to the brim. Those too have been 'locked up' - no pumping of oil allowed.
And if they went fracking at those sites — there wouldn’t be any waiting decades for them to refill either.
I grew up in a small town in west-central Kansas. Folks had oil wells in their backyard. Hard to imagine the EPA regulations on that today...
There are 601 active producing wells in the Long Beach field near Los Angeles.
Although there are many other older wells capped, there is plenty of production continuing to drain this field.
Download the MS Excel file for District 1. The well database can be sorted by status of well, county, township, field, etc.