OG Berry 7 Wells 11182019


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Berry 7 Wells 11182019
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Berry Petroleum Company, LLC
Present Land Use
Midway-Sunset Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling seven 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 0403067110 Southwestern 60-57 0403067111 Southwestern 60-53 0403067112 Southwestern 58-57 0403067114 Southwestern 59-54 0403067121 Southwestern 60-55 0403067122 Southwestern 59-56 0403067119 Southwestern 58-55

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

Phone : (916) 445-9686


35°15'15.8"N 119°34'42.8"W

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
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
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
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.


Notice of Exemption
NOE OG Berry 7 Wells 11182019   PDF 180 K

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