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Controversial Long Beach wetlands deal approved, more oil drilling expected

Synergy Oil and Beach Oil Minerals are pursuing a land swap in which they would halt oil operations on 150 acres of Los Cerritos Wetlands and help restore the slough there in exchange for increased oil production and new operations on much smaller plots of land nearby. File photo By Robert Casillas, Daily Breeze/ SCNG

Daily Breeze

A controversial land swap that could eventually restore a 150-acre Long Beach oil field to its natural state as part of the Los Cerritos Wetlands was approved by the California Coastal Commission on Thursday, a key step for the project to move forward.