OG Berry 4 Wells 03122020

Summary

SCH Number
2020030410
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Berry 4 Wells 03122020
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
3/12/2020
Project Applicant
Berry Petroleum Company, LLC
Present Land Use
Poso Creek Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling four new wells in the Poso Creek Oil Field in Kern County. The proposed wells are located in a densely developed oil field, within a parcel under active oil production, and in an area with surface and mineral rights owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). CalGEM has issued permits for the wells and notified BLM of the permits. API # Well Name API # Well Name 0403067660 Big Time 41 0403067665 USL 14-01CR 0403067662 USL 15-32 0403067668 USL 10-6

Contact Information
Larry Kleinecke
Geologic Energy Management Division
801 K Street MS 18-05
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 445-9686
larry.kleinecke@conservation.ca.gov

Location

Coordinates
35°34'54.6"N 119°2'12.7"W
Counties
Kern
Township
27S
Range
27E
Section
14
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 CalGEM identified administrative boundaries of the Poso Creek 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
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 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
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 Berry 4 Wells 03122020   PDF 184 K

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