OG CREH 2 Wells 08312020

Summary

SCH Number
2020090247
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG CREH 2 Wells 08312020
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/14/2020
Project Applicant
California Resources Elk Hills, LLC
Present Land Use
Buena Visa Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling nine new wells in the Buena Visa Oil Field in Kern 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 Kern County’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. API # Well Name 0403068931 Unspecified 3-8H-1C 0403068932 Unspecified 3-2H-33G

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

Coordinates
35°19'3.6"N 119°35'48.3"W
Counties
Kern
Township
32S
Range
23S
Section
01
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 Buena Vista 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 CREH 2 Wells 08312020   PDF 273 K

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