OG Aera 4 Wells 11042019

Summary

SCH Number
2019110079
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Aera 4 Wells 11042019
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
11/4/2019
Project Applicant
Aera Energy, LLC
Present Land Use
Midway-Sunset Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling four new wells in the Midway-Sunset Oil Field in Kern County. The proposed project is 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 API # Well Name 0403067034 Maxwell 877 0403067046 Maxwell 879 0403067045 Maxwell 873 0403067047 Maxwell 878

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

Coordinates
35°12'14.4"N 119°35'26"W
Counties
Kern
Township
31S
Range
22E
Section
27
Base
MD B&M

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15261(b)
Reasons for Exemption
15261(b) - Ongoing Project: The project is statutorily exempt from CEQA under the Ongoing Project exemption (PRC 21169; 14 CCR 15261(b)) because the Division identified administrative boundaries of the Midway-Sunset oil & gas field that were approved prior to April 5, 1973 (pre-CEQA). Division permit approvals for oil & gas activities within this field occurred before April 5, 1973 and those permit approvals occurring after that date do not involve a greater degree of responsibility or control over the project as a whole than did the prior approvals.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1 – Existing Facility: 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 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 4 Wells 11042019   PDF 179 K

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