Orcutt Hill Seeps Management (Streambed Alteration Agreement No, 1600-2017-0068-R5)

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Barbara County
Document Title
Orcutt Hill Seeps Management (Streambed Alteration Agreement No, 1600-2017-0068-R5)
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has executed Stream bed Alteration Agreement number 1600-2017-0068-R5, pursuant to section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code, to the Project Applicant, Pacific Coast Energy Company LP, represented by Philip Brown as Principal Officer and John Fox as Contact Person, The Project is the continued maintenance of active oil seep containment and the containment removal, clean-up, and maintenance of new, currently undiscovered, oil seeps within streams located at Orcutt Oil Field. Natural oil seeps occur within the Orcutt Oil Field; however, it is possible that oil production activities may Increase the frequency and volume of these surface oil releases. When a seep Is discovered. Permittee Is required to control and contain the flow of oil on the ground and remove and dispose of all discharged material. Permittee conducts frequent visual Inspections of the facility and has installed a system of seep receptacles (seep cans, some Include an electric pump) and French drains to collect seep oil In compliance with the California Department of Conservation, Division of 011, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) and the County of Santa Barbara requirements. The first seep can was installed on April 7, 2008, Since then, 100 seeps have been Identified and cans or French drains have been installed along with roads or paths to allow access for maintenance and/or installation. Of the 100 seeps cans, French drains, and access roads, 37 seep cans have been removed and are no longer necessary, and 15 of them have resulted In Impacts to streams. Oil that Is collected is removed from the cans by a pump or a vacuum truck and sent to existing on-site diatomite facilities for processing, Containment, remediation, and Installation of seep cans, French drains, and access roads have required grading and excavation of soils. Equipment used to complete these activities Include excavators, backhoes, haul trucks, and worker pick-up trucks, This Agreement will bring Permittee into compliance with CDFW streambed regulations, provide for mitigation, and allow for the continued maintenance of seep can systems and new Installation of containment processes when necessary,

Contact Information

Sarah Rains
Agency Name
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara
Parcel #
Other Location Info
Orcutt Oil Field

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


Notice of Determination

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