OG Holmes 4 Wells 05152020

Summary

SCH Number
2020050312
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Holmes 4 Wells 05152020
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
5/15/2020
Project Applicant
Holmes Western Oil Corporation
Present Land Use
Midway-Sunset Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling four 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 0403068464 Leutholtz A 295 0403068465 Leutholtz A 324 0403068466 Leutholtz A 320 0403068467 Leutholtz A 292

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

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

Location

Coordinates
35°1'41.9"N 119°19'25.9"W
Counties
Kern
Township
11N
Range
23W
Section
22
Base
SB 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 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
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 Holmes 4 Wells 05152020   PDF 282 K

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