OG Berry 0403730555


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Berry 0403730555
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Berry Petroleum Company, LLC
Present Land Use
established oil and gas field

Document Description
Berry Petroleum Company, LLC proposes to drill one new well on the Highway Lease in the Placerita oil field to continue resource development. The new well will be located on an existing well pad with an existing access road. The well pad can accommodate the drill rig, staging materials and other equipment and worker parking. API # Well Name 0403730555 Highway 11-22X

Contact Information
Meri A. Meraz
Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources
801 K Street MS 18-05
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 319-8217


34°22'49.8"N 118°29'37.1"W
Santa Clarita
Los Angeles

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
PRC Sec. 21169, 14 CCR Sec.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 Placerita 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
14 CCR Sec 15301, 1684.1
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 well 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
14 CCR Sec 15304, 1684.2
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.
Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
14 CCR 15300.2
Reasons for Exemption
Exceptions to Exemptions: The Division further finds that there are no exceptions to the otherwise-applicable categorical exemptions (PRC §21084; 14 CCR 15300.2(c)). There is no substantial evidence that there are any “unusual circumstances” associated with the proposed project that create a reasonable possibility that the activity will have a significant effect on the environment, and that there is no significant “cumulative impacts” resulting from successive projects of the same type in the same place. Therefore, this project is not subject to CEQA.


Notice of Exemption
NOE Berry   PDF 143 K

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