California Resources Elk Hills, LLC (CREH) proposes to drill three (3) new oil wells. The wells are within Federal mineral leases CAS0019577, CAS0019343, and CAS0019396B in the Buena Vista oil field in Kern County. The proposed project consists of grading new and existing well pad locations, and installation of associated power poles and pipelines to accommodate the drilling of 2 new wells. The project will occur on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (PRC §21000, et seq.) and the CEQA Guidelines (14 CCR 15000, et seq.), and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (Division) is the CEQA lead agency for the proposed project, while the BLM is the NEPA lead agency. The Division has reviewed BLM’s approved FONSI (DOI-BLM-CA-CO60-2021-0049-EA) and finds that it meets the requirements of CEQA. BLM found that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment; therefore, the Division intends to use the FONSI rather than preparing a Negative Declaration for this project.
CalGEM has approved new drill permits to SPR for the following wells:
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