OG Seneca 12 Wells 08052020

Summary

SCH Number
2020090005
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Seneca 12 Wells 08052020
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/1/2020
Project Applicant
Seneca
Present Land Use
Coalinga Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling 12 new wells in the Coalinga Oil Field in Fresno County. The proposed wells are located on an existing pad 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. API # Well Name API # Well Name 0401926400 90316983 - 11A 1015 0401926404 90316984 - 1C 5012 0401926402 90316983 - 11A 1014 0401926406 90316984 - 1C 5025 0401926399 90316983 - 11A 1107 0401926409 90316985 - 2A 1001 0401926401 90316983 - 11A 1019 0401926410 90316987 - 23A 5003 0401926403 90316984 - 1C 5005 0401926405 90316984 - 1C 5010 0401926408 90316985 - 2A 1006 0401926407 90316985 - 2A 1005

Contact Information
Tharon Wright
California Geologic Energy Management Division
801 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 445-9686
tharon.wright@conservation.ca.gov

Location

Counties
Fresno
Cross Streets
36.285570, -120.316035
Township
19S
Range
15E
Section
11
Base
MD B&M

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15261 (b)
Reasons for Exemption
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
15301
Reasons for Exemption
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 involves no expansion of use of the oil field.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304
Reasons for Exemption
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 Seneca 12 Wells 08052020   PDF 287 K

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