The project activity is within the scope of Title 19, Chapter 19.98 of Kern County Zoning Code (Oil and Gas Production), which dictates site development standards for all oil and gas exploration, extraction, operations, and production activities in unincorporated Kern County. The Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), as the CEQA responsible agency, will be issuing a permit for the proposed project activity, which consists of the following:
California Resources Production Corporation (CRPC) proposed a waterflood project to provide pressure support and displacement for oil production from the Upper Stevens (Paloma sand) reservoir, and to gather data to aid in assessing and designing future waterflood potential. The implementation of this project is expected to provide the key variables and necessary data to design and optimize future waterflood development. The proposed project comprises re-entering a abandoned well # 36-35 and converting it to an injector. The proposed project is located approximately 21 miles southwest of the City of Bakersfield and is contained entirely within the Paloma oil field.