Characterize Actual and Future Impact of California's Drought on Three-component Ground Deformations and their Influence on the Natural Gas Infrastructure

Summary

SCH Number
2017038402
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Characterize Actual and Future Impact of California's Drought on Three-component Ground Deformations and their Influence on the Natural Gas Infrastructure
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
3/22/2017

Document Description
The project involves collecting of field data related to the drought-related subsidence and its impact on the natural gas infrastructure. Ground deformation data will be collected using non-invasive remote sensing techniques such as Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, ground water data will be collected by measurements conducted in existing wells and by means of drilling approx ten 20 m boreholes near existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure. The project results will enable identification of areas with high risk of potential natural gas infrastructure damage due to drought-induced subsidence and identify remedial actions. The project benefits IOUs and CA's residents by means of increased safety due to ability to early identify growing subsidence bowls and prevent the damage to natural gas infrastructure before it fails and starts leaking.

Contact Information
Katharina Snyder
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-2201

Location

Counties
Merced
Other Location Info
El Nido

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
This project will include water level measurements that will be conducted in existing water wells or close to natural gas pipelines outside the ag areas. For field data collection few boreholes of 20 m in depth will be drilled near existing natural gas pipelines outside of environmentally sensitive areas. This project involves data collection and research activities which don't result in major disturbance to an environmental resource.

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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