OG Aera 13 Wells 10012019

Summary

SCH Number
2019100055
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Aera 13 Wells 10012019
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/2/2019
Project Applicant
Aera Energy, LLC
Present Land Use
Coalinga Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling thirteen (13) 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 0401926305 S32CL-3-2C 0401926306 S32CL-3-1E 0401926304 S32CL-3-2B 0401926310 S29-4-23A 0401926308 S32CL-3-1DI 0401926307 S32CL-4-1B 0401926316 S32CL-4-2B 0401926314 S32CL-4-1A 0401926313 S32CL-3-3I 0401926311 S32CL-4-2A 0401926309 S32CL-3-2I 0401926315 S32CL-4-2C 0401926302 S32CL-4-1

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
Fresno
Township
19S
Range
15E
Section
32
Base
MD B&M
Other Location Info
36.236454, -120.370737

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 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.
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 involves 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 Aera 13 Wells 10012019   PDF 173 K

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