Newhall Ranch Reabandonment of 20 Wells

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Summary

SCH Number
2000011025
Lead Agency
Fish and Wildlife, Region 5 - South Coast, San Diego (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5)
Document Title
Newhall Ranch Reabandonment of 20 Wells
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
9/30/2019
Project Applicant
Newhall Land and Farming Company
Present Land Use
Castaic Junction Oil Field

Document Description
The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has approved permits for Newhall Land and Farming Agency to reabandon 20 plugged and abandoned oil wells located within the Newhall Ranch Resource Management and Development Plan Mission Village grading boundary. The wells are situated in the former Castaic Junction Oil Field within unincorporated Los Angeles County. For the purposes of this project, reabandonment means the adjustment of the well casing of wells that were previously plugged and abandoned in accordance with DOGGR standards at the time of abandonment, for the purposes of implementing approved grading and land development activities. The Project requires the well casings to be either raised or lowered to accommodate changes to the surface grade as part of site development, to meet DOGGR regulations upon completion of final grading within the Mission Village grading boundary. The well adjustments range between less than 5 feet to 80 feet, with an average adjustment (raising or lowering of the well casing) of 22 feet. As such, the casings of these wells will be raised or lowered so that the final plating is 8-10 feet below ground surface of the final grade of the Mission Village development area. All work will be conducted under the oversight of the Coastal District, Ventura Field Office of DOGGR, in accordance with state oil and gas regulations. The reabandonment activity consists of minor alterations to existing oil wells that will not result in expansion of the capacity of any of the subject abandoned wells. Due to the graded condition of the Mission Village area, Newhall does not expect to encounter any contaminated soils; however, if unanticipated discoveries occur during reabandonment activities, the soils will be addressed in accordance with the approved Newhall Ranch Remedial Action Plan/Soil Management Plan, approved by the Los Angeles County Fire Department Health and Hazardous Materials Division, and adopted by CDFW as lead agency for the Project. There are no unusual circumstances associated with the proposed reabandonment activity, nor would the proposal result in any new or more severe significant environmental impacts to cultural resources, special status species, or other sensitive resources due to the graded condition of the Mission Village area. DOGGR has considered the RMDP EIR/EIS analysis and finds that the Reabandonment activity is within the scope of the activities evaluated in the document. DOGGR has not identified any additional mitigation measures that would substantially lessen or avoid any significant effect that the project would have on the environment. Further, DOGGR finds that the CDFW and Los Angeles County have already adopted feasible mitigation measures that are relevant to the abandonment activity to reduce impacts to less than significant levels, and that Los Angeles County has the authority to implement such mitigation measures. The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources has approved permits for Newhall Land and Farming Agency to reabandon the oil and gas wells listed below. API# Well Name API# Well Name API# Well Name API# Well Name 0403716513 NLF #48 0403716475 NLF #04 0403716478 NLF #07 0403716484 NLF #13 0403716487 NLF #16 0403716488 NLF #17 0403716495 NLF #24 0403716498 NLF #27 0403716300 NLF #29 0403716501 NLF #31 0403716502 NLF #32 0403716504 NLF #34 0403716505 NLF #35 0403716508 NLF #41 0403716512 NLF #46 0403716514 NLF #49 0403716519 NLF #56 0403716522 NLF #59 0403716528 NLF #69 0403716530 NLF #72

Contact Information
Larry Kleinecke
Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources
801 K Street MS 18-05
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 445-9686
larry.kleinecke@conservation.ca.gov

Location

Counties
Los Angeles
Township
04N
Range
16W
Section
19
Other Location Info
34.41117096, -118.59948730

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/documents/ContextDocs.aspx?cat=NewhallRanchFinal

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
N/A
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes (Notice of Determination)
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
N/A
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
N/A
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
N/A
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
N/A

Attachments

Notice of Determination
NOD OG Newhall Ranch 20 Wells 09302019   PDF 286 K

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