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Location DB > United States > California > Ventura > Petrochem Refinery
Petrochem Refinery
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created by tunnelbug on 7/6/2006 6:58 AM
last modified by douggie on 5/19/2014 5:35 PM
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 Basic Information
Type: Industrial
Status: Being Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Ventura, California
United States
Owner: USA Petrochem
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    Lots of pipes, steel drums, lamps, electrical rooms, abandoned winnebegos, gigantic tanks, and much more
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • razor wire
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • Cops patrol the area frequently
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1950
    Closed: 1985
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • binoculars
  • gloves
  • head protection
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment

    Built sometime in the 1950s. My grandfather knew the owner, who recently passed away. In the environmental reform of the 1980s, USA petrochem was forced to shut down due to air quality issues with nearby Ojai. It has remained abandoned ever since.
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     Future Plans
    Will be demolished as part of Ventura's Master Plan. Estimated to be around 2010. Brooks Institute of Photography will actually take over part of the site as their school's campus.
    **Demo has already started, but massive tanks, pipe works and the offices still stand.

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     Photo Galleries
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    Tunnelbug's Discovery Trek
    Thu, Jul 6th, 2006
    posted by tunnelbug
    24 pictures
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    Once upon a time a really long time ago
    Fri, Mar 13th, 2009
    posted by big dave
    8 pictures
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    May 2014 Trip
    Mon, May 19th, 2014
    posted by douggie
    17 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 5/26/2014 8:15 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on May 26 14 at 8:15, Steed validated this location
  • on May 19 14 at 17:50, douggie added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 19 14 at 17:45, douggie added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 19 14 at 17:36, douggie created a new gallery
  • on May 19 14 at 17:35, douggie changed the following: Security Measures, Future Plans
  • on Mar 14 09 at 17:05, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 13 09 at 20:26, big dave added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Mar 13 09 at 20:25, big dave created a new gallery
  • on Jan 12 08 at 3:18, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 11 08 at 23:14, Nyssa changed the following: Status, Future Plans
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