OG Aera 5 Wells 02052020


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Aera 5 Wells 02052020
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Aera Energy, LLC
Present Land Use
Coalinga Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling five new wells in the Coalinga Oil Field in Fresno County. The proposed wells are located in a densely developed oil field, within a parcel under active oil production and is consistent with Fresno County’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Four of the new wells are part of Underground Injection Control Project 15000004. API # Well Name API # Well Name 0401926332 Call S32CL-4-3A 0401926334 Call S32CL-3-4B 0401926330 Call S32CL-3-3C 0401926331 Call S32CL-4-3B 0401926333 Call S32CL-4-4B

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

Phone : (916) 445-9686


36°14'10.8"N 120°22'10.5"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 CalGEM identified administrative boundaries of the Coalinga oil & gas field that were approved prior to April 5, 1973 (pre-CEQA). CalGEM 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 CalGEM’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 Aera 5 Wells 02052020   PDF 194 K

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