Minor Amendment No. 2 to CESA Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2019-010-04, as amended, for the Torrance Logistics Company LLC M55 Anomaly Repairs Project

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Summary

SCH Number
2019120185
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Document Title
Minor Amendment No. 2 to CESA Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2019-010-04, as amended, for the Torrance Logistics Company LLC M55 Anomaly Repairs Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/16/2022
Document Description
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has issued a CESA (Fish & G. Code, § 2050 et seq.) ITP, Major Amendment No. 1, and this Minor Amendment No. 2 to authorize Torrance Logistics Company LLC to incidentally take San Joaquin antelope squirrel (SJAS), and San Joaquin kit fox, which are listed as threatened species under CESA (Fish & G. Code § 2050 et seq.; see Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 670.5, subd. (b)(6)(B) and (b)(6)(E), respectively). The Project includes the investigation, excavation, repair, site cleanup, and remediation to two segments of the M-55 pipeline where anomalies were detected. Minor Amendment No. 2 makes two specific changes to the ITP, as amended: 1) this Amendment extends the expiration date of the ITP, as amended, from March 1, 2020 to March 1, 2023; and 2) this Amendment extends the deadline in which to complete the Habitat Management lands mitigation obligations from 18 months to 42 months of the effective date of this ITP, as amended.

Contact Information

Name
Sarah Bahm
Agency Name
CDFW
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
McKittrick
Counties
Kern
Regions
Southern California
Other Location Info
The Project is located in western Kern County, California, east of the Temblor Mountain Range near the town of McKittrick, California. Dig Site 01 is located approx. 4 miles north of McKittrick within Section 32, Township 29 South, Range 22 East, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian (MDBM) within the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) administrative boundary Cymric Oilfield in the Reward United States Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5-minute quadrangle. Dig Site 06 is located approx. 0.75 mile south of McKittrick within the northeastern ¼ of Section 29, Township 30 South, Range 22 East, MDBM on privately owned surface land. Dig Site 06 occurs within the CalGEM administrative boundary McKittrick Oilfield within the Reward USGS 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
California Code of Regulations, Title 14, section 15269, subd. (c); Public Resources Code, section 21080, subd. (b)(4)
Reasons for Exemption
Approval of this Project is subject to the statutory exemption for “Specific actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency” (Emergency Project; Pub. Resources Code, §21080, subd. (b)(4)) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA; Pub. Resources Code, §21000 et seq.). “Emergency” is defined as “A sudden, unexpected occurrence, involving a clear and imminent danger, demanding immediate action to prevent or mitigate loss of, or damage to, life, health, property, or essential public services” (Pub. Resources Code, §21060.3). The Project, as amended, includes the investigation, excavation, repair, site cleanup, and remediation to two segments of the 12-inch M-55 pipeline that carries heavy crude oil approximately 17 miles from Kern County to the Torrance refinery in the city of Torrance, California. The segments where repairs will be conducted are comprised of partially buried pipeline spanning stream channels. Partially buried pipeline segments are exposed from soil erosion and vulnerable to accelerated corrosion or coating degradation. Therefore, the repairs to the two segments of the M-55 pipeline are required to avoid potential leaks or spills into streams. On March 30, 2020, CDFW received the official request and the corresponding fee payment from the Permittee for a minor amendment to the ITP, as amended, to extend the expiration date of the ITP from March 1, 2020 to March 1, 2025 in order to purchase Covered Species credits from a CDFW-approved mitigation or conservation bank. An email requesting this change was received on January 13, 2020. The Covered Activities associated with the Project were completed on January 8, 2020. Due to CDFW’s determination that this Project is exempt from CEQA, CDFW has determined that this extension will only be for a period of three years. This request will also require the extension of the date in which the compensatory mitigation obligations are to be completed from within 18 months of the effective date of this ITP, as amended, to within 42 months. CDFW has determined that this Amendment will not result in an increase in take of the Covered Species and will not increase Covered Species habitat impacts, therefore, there will be no increase in Project impacts to the Covered Species with this Amendment. Impacts will be minimized and fully mitigated through the implementation of measures required by Incidental Take Permit No. 2081 2019 010 04, as amended. Measures include: 1) Weekly Compliance Reports; 2) establishment of avoidance zones; 3) worker education; and 4) permanent habitat protection.

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