OG Holmes 18 Wells 05072020


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Holmes 18 Wells 05072020
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
Holmes Western Oil Corporation
Present Land Use
Midway-Sunset Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling 18 new wells in the Midway-Sunset 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 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 0403068418 Leutholtz A 287 0403068419 Leutholtz A 327 0403068420 Leutholtz A 273 0403068421 Leutholtz A 284 0403068422 Leutholtz A 294 0403068423 Leutholtz A 283 0403068424 Leutholtz A 272 0403068425 Leutholtz A 278 0403068427 Leutholtz A 271 0403068428 Leutholtz A 299 0403068430 Leutholtz A 300 0403068434 Leutholtz A 293 0403068435 Leutholtz A 291 0403068436 Leutholtz A 289 0403068437 Leutholtz A 275 0403068438 Leutholtz A 276 0403068439 Leutholtz A 274 0403068440 Leutholtz A 285

Contact Information
Larry Kleinecke
California Department of Conservation
801 K Street, MS 18-05
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 445-9686


35°1'47.9"N 119°19'39.7"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 Midway-Sunset 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 Holmes 18 Wells 05072020   PDF 282 K

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