Torrance Logistics M55 Anomaly Repairs (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2019-010-04)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4 (CDFW)
Document Title
Torrance Logistics M55 Anomaly Repairs (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2019-010-04)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has issued a California Endangered Species Act (CESA; Fish and Game Code, § 2050 et seq.) Incidental Take Permit, No. 2081-2019-010-04, to permit Torrance Logistics Company LLC to incidentally take San Joaquin antelope squirrel, and San Joaquin kit fox, which are listed threatened species under CESA (Fish & G. Code§ 2050 et seq.; see Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 670.5, subd. (b)(6)(B) and (b)(6)(E), respectively). The proposed Project includes the investigation, excavation, repair, site cleanup, and remediation to two segments of the M-55 pipeline where anomalies have been detected. This pipeline carries heavy crude oil approx. 17 miles from Kern County to the Torrance refinery in the city of Torrance, California. Partially buried pipeline segments may be further exposed from soil erosion and could become vulnerable and experience accelerated corrosion or coating degradation. Periodic repairs are required to avoid potential leaks or spills. The pipeline segments will be exposed using backhoes and hand tools to a depth of five feet, depending on the amount of soil erosion that has occurred within the stream channel, then sandblasted to further analyze the exposed pipeline. If the analysis of the exposed pipeline determines additional repairs are required, a full steel encirclement sleeve will be fit and welded over the compromised section of pipe using a welding truck. Project activities are expected to last between 7 and 15 days.

Contact Information

Craig Bailey
Agency Name
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Torrance-Logistics Company LLC
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Other Location Info
The M55 Anomaly Repairs are located in western Kern County, California, at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. They are situated east of the Temblor Mountain Range near the town of McKittrick, California. Dig Site 01 is located approximately 4 miles north of McKittrick within Section 32, Township 29 South, Range 22 East, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian (MDBM) and occurs within the Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR.) administrative boundary of the Cymric Oilfield in the Reward U.S Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5-minute quadrangle. Dig Site 06 is located approximately 0.75 mile south of McKittrick within the north eastern¼ of Section 29, Township 30 South, Range 22 East, MDBM on privately owned surface. Dig Site 06 occurs within the DOGGR administrative boundary of the McKittrick Oilfield and within the Reward USGS 7 .5-minute topographic quadrangle.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
See Attached NOE


Notice of Exemption

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