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:
CalGEM has approved permits for Chevron USA Inc, to drill the wells listed below, in the Lost Hills Oil Field of Kern County.
API # Well Name LAT /LONG
0403069483 7-9T 35.619875, -119.733473
0403069484 10-12K 35.616388, -119.728638
CalGEM issues these permits as a “conditional approval” as described in Public Resources Code, section 21167.3, subdivision (a). That means the operator has permission to proceed with the permitted project as permitted by CalGEM herein when and only when the court makes a final determination in Vaquero Energy Inc. v. County of Kern, Kern County Superior Court Nos. BCV-15-101645-GP, -10053-GP, and 100536-GP that the ordinance (Ch. 19.98) approved by Kern County in March 2021, and effective on April 7, 2021, and the supplemental environmental impact report supporting the ordinance, comply with the California Environmental Quality Act. CalGEM encourages applicants who receive conditional approvals to consult with their legal counsel for any legal advice or analysis regarding complying with Public Resources Code, section 21167.3, subdivision (a).