OG Seneca 3 Wells 09202019

Summary

SCH Number
2019090554
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Seneca 3 Wells 09202019
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/24/2019
Project Applicant
Seneca Resources Company, LLC
Present Land Use
Midway-Sunset Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling three new wells in the Midway-Sunset Oil Field in Kern County. The proposed wells are located on a densely developed oil field, and in an area with surface and mineral rights owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). DOGGR has issued permits for the wells and notified BLM of the permits. API # Well Name 0403066870 OI-113 0403066869 OI-110 0403066868 OI-112

Contact Information
Larry Kleinecke
Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources
801 K Street MS 18-05
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 445-9686
larry.kleinecke@conservation.ca.gov

Location

Counties
Kern
Township
11N
Range
23W
Section
07
Base
SB B&M
Other Location Info
35.056786, -119.383512

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15261(b)
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 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.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301
Reasons for Exemption
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 involve no expansion of use of the oil field.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304
Reasons for Exemption
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.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
NOE OG Seneca 3 Wells 09202019   PDF 159 K

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