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Wells sit idle on S.F.'s Kern River Oil Field property with no final plan for plugging them

Oil production has come to a halt on an 800-acre stretch of land San Francisco owns in the Kern River Oil Field north and northeast of Bakersfield. But what happens next is hard to say.

Chevron Corp.'s decades-long lease of the property ended March 31, 2020, and with it, revenues of about $24,000 per month — a 15½ percent royalty on production from 82 wells at the site — that had helped fund San Francisco's library system and upkeep at Golden Gate Park.