Conservation, Department of
(Department of Conservation)
OG Royale 0406720536
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources issued Permit No. 7004622 (API No. 0406720536, Well No. CRC-RVGU 9-1) to Royale Energy, Inc. The project includes improving and graveling up to 600 ft of existing farm road, and grading, leveling, and rocking a drilling pad. The drilling pad will be approx 0.93 acre (40,500 sf) and is located on existing agricultural land. Water will be hauled in by truck for drilling. No hazardous materials to be used in the drilling mud system. All cuttings to be stored in bins and hauled to a licensed waste disposal facility. Liquid waste to be re-used as needed in the mud system. Excess mud will be hauled to a non-hazardous waste disposal facility.
If the well is unsuccessful, it will be plugged with cement following Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (Division) requirements. The temporary cellar will be removed and the site cleaned up and returned to original size.
If the well is successful, it will be completed and connected to an existing pipeline.
15261B - Ongoing project: The Division has determined that the project is statutorily exempt under the ongoing project (14 CCR 15261(b)) exemption per the CEQA guidelines b/c the Division identified the Midway-Sunset oil field and issued permits in this oil field pre-CEQA (prior to April 5, 1973). Additional permits issued in the densely-developed areas of the Midway Sunset oil field are considered part of an ongoing project and exempt from further CEQA reviews.
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 CEQA Guidelines and per DOGGR regulations (14 CR 1684.2) b/c the proposed project is located on a parcel used for active agriculture with existing dirt roads. It is consistent with Sacramento County's GP and ZO. There are no native vegetation or trees on the parcel. The proposed project consists of constructing a 0.93-acre construction pad and drilling one gas well (temporary activity) for possible long-term operation. Should the well prove unsuccessful in producing gas, it will be plugged in accordance with DOGGR regulations and the site will be returned to its previous use. The proposed 0.93-acre gas well operation pad is a minor change to the existing agricultural operation and will have a negligible change to the current condition.