PREPARATION OF RINCON ISLAND AND ASSOCIATED CAUSEWAY FOR CARETAKER STATUS

Summary

SCH Number
2021010220
Public Agency
California State Lands Commission
Document Title
PREPARATION OF RINCON ISLAND AND ASSOCIATED CAUSEWAY FOR CARETAKER STATUS
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
1/20/2021
Present Land Use
Former oil and gas operation.

Document Description
With the completion of active well abandonment activities, the California State Lands Commission (CSLC or Commission) and their facilities operations contractor Driltek, are preparing Rincon Island and associated causeway for a Caretaker Status phase (Project). Caretaker Status is a condition where the subsurface well abandonments and any related surface abandonments have been completed in compliance with regulatory requirements. Under Caretaker Status the site will require limited surveillance to maintain its safety, security, and stability. On Rincon Island itself, the Project will include the demolition of the island’s tank battery (6 tanks, piping, and flare structure); flushing and removal of oil and gas pipelines supporting the island; removal of the well bay back wall; backfill of the well bay and cellars; stormwater drain installation; demolition of the emergency generator house and electric submersible pump room; removal of unneeded electrical and support facilities; and replacement of 300 feet of security fencing that the foot of the causeway, connecting to shore. The Project is expected to begin February 14, 2021, and last through July 30, 2021. Equipment used in the Project include an excavator, 5k LP forklift, rock crusher, man lift, and light duty trucks.

Contact Information
Micaela Wiemer
CSLC
Lead/Public Agency
100 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone : (916) 574-1900
micaela.wiemer@slc.ca.gov

California State Lands Commission
Project Applicant

Location

Cities
Ventura
Counties
Ventura
Regions
Southern California
Other Location Info
Tide and submerged lands in the Pacific Ocean offshore Mussel Shoals, known as Rincon Island.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CLASS 1, EXISTING FACILITIES (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14 § 15301)
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is being undertaken by the Commission, on behalf of the State of California as part of the larger decommissioning of a former oil and gas operation after the insolvency of the private operator. The Project involves the removal of derelict and hazardous structures on State waterways and is anticipated to eliminate potential hazards to human health and safety. The Project seeks to eliminate and reduce the developmental footprint of the former oil and gas operation.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CLASS 2, REPLACEMENT OR RECONSTRUCTION (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15302)
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is being undertaken by the Commission, on behalf of the State of California as part of the larger decommissioning of a former oil and gas operation after the insolvency of the private operator. The Project involves the removal of derelict and hazardous structures on State waterways and is anticipated to eliminate potential hazards to human health and safety. The Project seeks to eliminate and reduce the developmental footprint of the former oil and gas operation.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CLASS 4, MINOR ALTERATIONS TO LAND (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15304)
Reasons for Exemption
The Project is being undertaken by the Commission, on behalf of the State of California as part of the larger decommissioning of a former oil and gas operation after the insolvency of the private operator. The Project involves the removal of derelict and hazardous structures on State waterways and is anticipated to eliminate potential hazards to human health and safety. The Project seeks to eliminate and reduce the developmental footprint of the former oil and gas operation.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
Rincon NOE   PDF 155 K

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