Conservation, Department of
(Department of Conservation)
OG Berry 14 Wells 8012019
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Berry Petroleum Company, LLC
Present Land Use
Midway-Sunset Oil Field
The proposed project consists of drilling 14 new wells in the Midway-Sunset Oil Field in Kern County. The surface and mineral rights are owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). DOGGR notified BLM of the permits.
API # Well Name API # Well Name
0403066612 Southwestern 58-61 0403066614 Southwestern 57-60
0403066618 Southwestern 58-63 0403066615 Southwestern 62-63
0403066625 Southwestern 61-60 0403066617 Southwestern 59-62
0403066613 Southwestern 56-61 0403066619 Southwestern 61-58
0403066620 Southwestern 57-62 0403066621 Southwestern 60-61
0403066622 Southwestern 60-63 0403066623 Southwestern 61-62
0403066624 Southwestern 62-59 0403066616 Southwestern 61-60
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 Midway-Sunset oil field and issued permits in this oil field pre-CEQA (before April 5, 1973). New permits issued in this developed area of the Midway-Sunset 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 wells 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.