Line 85 at Mile Post 48.38 Main Line Valve Leak Repair (Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2017-041-04)

Summary

SCH Number
2017118153
Lead Agency
Fish & Wildlife 4 (Fresno) (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4)
Document Title
Line 85 at Mile Post 48.38 Main Line Valve Leak Repair (Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2017-041-04)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2017-041-04, pursuant to Section 2081 subdivision (b) of the Fish and Game Code (see Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, S 783.2) to Southern California Gas Company to incidentally take San Joaquin antelope squirrel which is listed as threatened, and giant kangaroo rat which is listed as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA; Fish & G Code 2050 et seq.; see Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, s 670.5, subd. (b)(6)(B) and (a)(6)(C), respectively). Project activities include replacing an unexpected and potentially hazardous leak in the main line valve assembly on Line 85, installing two stopples, replacing the chain link fence, asphalt paving within the fencing, and demolishing the existing wood vault. The new assembly will be buried with valve operator extensions above ground alongside the blowdown stack. Replacement of the valve assembly will require excavating a 4,000 square foot area a maximum of 15 feet deep. Excavation will be backfilled to 90% compaction utilizing zero slack slurry or native fill with no rocks or debris. Approximately 3,400 square feet (0.07 acre) will be disturbed for the main line valve assembly installation and approximately 72,259 square feet (1.66 acres) will be disturbed for temporary construction and staging areas. Staging areas will be located within the adjacent area within the habitat and the right-of-way dirt access road just west of the structure. Work is anticipated to take up to two months to complete.

Contact Information
Benessa Espino
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4
1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710

559 243-4014

Location

Coordinates
35.440813°N'"N 119.674667°W'"W
Counties
Kern
Parcel #
098-113-06
Township
29S
Range
21E
Section
1

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 15269(c), S: 21080 (b)(4)
Reasons for Exemption
Approval of this Project is subject to statutory exemption for "Specific actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency" (Emergency Project; Pub. Resources Code, S 21080, subd. (b)(4)). "Emergency" is defined as "[a] sudden, unexpected occurrence, involving a clear and imminent danger, demanding immediate action to prevent or mitigate loss of, or damage to, life, health, property, or essential public services." (Pub. Resources Code, S 21060.3). This Project involves repair of a potentially hazardous leaking main line valve. The leak was identified during safety inspections, and it must be repaired immediately to prevent further damage and potentially dangerous conditions from pipeline eruption.
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