Long Beach Building Standards Code Amendments – Construction in the Vicinity of Oil Wells/Methane Gas Mitigation


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Long Beach, City of (City of Long Beach)
Document Title
Long Beach Building Standards Code Amendments – Construction in the Vicinity of Oil Wells/Methane Gas Mitigation
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Project Applicant
City of Long Beach
Present Land Use

Document Description
The project proposes to amend Title 18 of the Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) by adding Chapter 18.78, Construction in the Vicinity of Oil Wells, and Chapter 18.79, Methane Gas Mitigation. Chapter 18.78 requires the permittee of construction activities in the vicinity of oil/gas wells to submit documents with details on proposed well abandonment, future accessibility, above-well mitigation, and long-term safety evaluation to the California Geologic Energy Management Division and the City. Chapter 18.79 details the applicability of methane mitigation requirements, definitions, methane soil gas investigation, exemptions, site design levels, methane mitigation components, operations and maintenance, plan review and inspections, and post construction protocols, among others. Adopting Chapters 18.78 and 18.79 into LBMC Title 18, Long Beach Building Standards Code, would provide clarity and procedures for future development in the vicinity of oil/gas wells in Long Beach. Discretionary approvals for the proposed project include adoption of Negative Declaration 02-20 and approval of Ordinances associated with the amendments to LBMC Title 18 (Chapter 18.78, Construction in the Vicinity of Oil Wells, and Chapter 18.79, Methane Gas Mitigation).

Contact Information
Amy L. Harbin, AICP
City of Long Beach
411 West Ocean Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone : (562) 570-6872


33°47'7.1"N 118°9'35.6"W
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Citywide Southern California
Cross Streets
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
1, 19, 22, 91
Union Pacific, BNSF
Long Beach Airport
Los Angeles River, San Gabriel River, Pacific Ocean
San Bern

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Municipal Code Amendment)
Local Action
Other Action Municipal Code Amendment
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Coastal Zone Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Greenhouse Gas Emissions Housing Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Tribal Cultural Resources Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board California Coastal Commission California Department of Conservation California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection California Department of Housing and Community Development California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics California Department of Water Resources California Energy Commission California Governor's Office of Emergency Services California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 California State Lands Commission Department of Corrections Department of General Services Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality California Department of Transportation, District 7


Environmental Document
LB Oil_NOI   PDF 129 K LB Oil_Public Review Draft IS-ND_May 2020   PDF 17426 K LB Oil_SCH Summary Form   PDF 195 K NED Code Update Construction   PDF 323 K
LB Oil_NOC   PDF 253 K
State Comments
2020050447_Caltrans Comment   PDF 194 K

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