OG SLC 0428320275

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Summary

SCH Number
2018108286
Public Agency
California Department of Conservation (DOC)
Document Title
OG SLC 0428320275
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
4/15/2022
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 1 of the 32 wells in the South Elwood Oil Field – Platform Holly, located offshore of Santa Barbara County. API # Well Name 0428320275 AMES 3242 17

Contact Information

Name
Tharon Wright
Agency Name
CalGEM
Job Title
Associate Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Counties
Santa Barbara
Regions
Southern California
Township
04N
Range
29W
Section
34
Base
SB B&M

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15269 (b) or (c)
Reasons for Exemption
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
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
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
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
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.
County Clerk
Santa Barbara

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