OG SLC 7 Wells 1162019

3 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2018108286
Lead Agency
State Lands Commission, California (California State Lands Commission)
Document Title
OG SLC 7 Wells 1162019
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/16/2019
Project Applicant
California State Lands Commission
Present Land Use
South Elwood Oil Field - Platform Holly

Document Description
Former State Oil and Gas Leases Nos. PRC 421, PRC 3120, and PRC 3242 consist of offshore oil and gas operations that include an oil and gas platform (Platform Holly), onshore oil and gas piers (Ellwood Piers), and 32 oil and gas wells and their associated infrastructure. The California State Lands Commission (SLC) is the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for a project that includes plug and abandonment of 30 oil and gas wells on Platform Holly and 2 wells situated on Ellwood Piers to support the plug and abandonment work. The SLC has filed a Notice of Exemption with the State Clearinghouse (SCH# 2018108286) for the project. This proposed project activity consists of the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (Division) approving permits for, and oversight of, the plugging & abandonment of 7 of the 32 wells in the South Elwood Oil Field – Platform Holly, located offshore of Santa Barbara County. API # Well Name API# Well Name 0428320270 Ames 3120-9 0428320285 Ames 3120-10 0428320265 Ames 3242-10 0428320286 Ames 3242-11 0428320274 Ames 3242-16 0428320275 Ames 3242-17 0428320020 Ames 3242-20

Contact Information
Larry Kleinecke
Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources
801 K Street MS 18-05
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 445-9686
larry.kleinecke@conservation.ca.gov

Location

Counties
Santa Barbara
Township
04N
Range
29W
Section
34
Base
SB B&M
Other Location Info
34.39052200, -119.90671539

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15269(c)
Reasons for Exemption
Statutory Exemption – Emergency Project: The Division has determined that the project is statutorily exempt from CEQA under the emergency project (14 CCR 15269 (c)) exemption per the CEQA Guidelines, where the specific plugging & abandonment actions are necessary to address the hazard posed by the desertion of operable oil and gas facilities on and affecting public lands.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1 – Existing Facility: The Division has determined that the project is categorically exempt from CEQA under the “Class 1” (14 CCR 15301) exemption per the CEQA Guidelines and per DOGGR’s regulations (14 CCR 684.1) because the project involves abandonment of wells, resulting in no expansion of use beyond that existing previously.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304
Reasons for Exemption
Class 4 – Minor Alterations to Land: The Division has determined that the project is categorically exempt from CEQA under the “Class 4” (14 CCR 15304) exemption per the CEQA Guidelines because the project involves minor alterations with negligible or no permanent effects to the condition of land, water, air, and or vegetation within a developed oil field.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15307
Reasons for Exemption
Class 7 –Protection of Natural Resources: The Division has determined that the project is categorically exempt from CEQA under the “Class 7” (14 CCR 15307) exemption per the CEQA Guidelines because the project involves procedures for the protection of the environment. Offshore oil wells will be properly abandoned following DOGGR regulations to reduce the potential for future spills and/or releases to the environment.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15308
Reasons for Exemption
Class 8 –Protection of the Environment: The Division has determined that the project is categorically exempt from CEQA under the “Class 8” (14 CCR 15308) exemption per the CEQA Guidelines because the project involves actions taken by a regulatory agency to assure protection of the environment. Offshore oil wells will be properly abandoned by the State Lands Commission, following DOGGR regulations, to reduce the potential for future spills and/or releases to the environment.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
NOE OG SLC 7 Wells 10162019   PDF 303 K

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