OG Berry 4 Wells 08272020

Summary

SCH Number
2020090484
Lead Agency
Conservation, Department of (California Department of Conservation)
Document Title
OG Berry 4 Wells 08272020
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/24/2020
Project Applicant
Berry Petroleum Company, LLC
Present Land Use
Poso Creek Oil Field

Document Description
The proposed project consists of drilling four new wells in the Poso Creek Oil Field in Kern County. The proposed wells are located 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 0403068941 McVan 28X 0403068939 USL 17-17 0403068936 Poso 61 0403068938 USL 17-14R

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°34'43.6"N 119°2'43.4"W
Counties
Kern
Township
27S
Range
27E
Section
14
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 Poso Creek 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 Berry 4 Wells 08272020   PDF 276 K

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