OG Aera 6 Wells 07162019


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Conservation (DOC)
Document Title
OG Aera 6 Wells 07162019
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Coalinga Oil Field
Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling 6 new wells in the Coalinga Oil Field in Fresno County. The proposed wells are located on a densely developed oil field, within a parcel under active oil production, and are consistent with Fresno County’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. API # Well Name API # Well Name 0401926251 S27-10-13I 0401926250 S27-8-16 0401926246 S27-9-12 0401926247 S27-10-16 0401926249 S27-9-14 0401926248 S27-9-16

Contact Information

Meri A. Meraz
Agency Name
Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Aera Energy, LLC
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Other Location Info
Coalinga Oil Field

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21169,15261; 15301, 15304
Reasons for Exemption
15261(b) - 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 because the Division identified the Coalinga oil field and issued permits in this oil field pre-CEQA (before April 5, 1973). New permits issued in this developed area of the Coalinga oil field are considered part of an ongoing project and exempt from further CEQA reviews. 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 §1684.1) because the well will be installed within an existing oil field and involves no expansion of use of the oil field. 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 the minor alteration of the condition of land and/or vegetation within a densely developed oil field and does not require the removal of healthy, mature scenic trees. Exceptions to Exemptions: The Division further finds that there are no exceptions to the otherwise-applicable categorical exemptions (PRC §21084; 14 CCR 15300.2(c)). There is no substantial evidence that there are any “unusual circumstances” associated with the proposed project that creates a reasonable possibility that the activity will have a significant effect on the environment and that there are no significant “cumulative impacts” resulting from successive projects of the same type in the same place. Therefore, this project is not subject to CEQA.


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