Contract: HVI Cat Canyon; Abandoned Bankruptcy Estate Assets; Cat Canyon, Casmalia, and Santa Maria Valley Oil Field Well and Facility Abandonments
The proposed project is an invitation for bid to abandon the 210 wells and the attendant facilities and pipelines in Santa Barbara County.
Per Public Resources Code, Section 3250 et. seq. hazardous and idle-deserted oil and gas wells are public nuisances and that it is essential, in order to protect life, health, and natural resources that such oil and gas wells be plugged and abandoned, re-abandoned, produced, or otherwise remedied to mitigate, minimize, or eliminate their danger to life, health and natural resources.
Work to be performed consists of 210 well abandonments and the removal of all tanks, above-ground pipelines, debris, and other facilities and equipment. Remaining buried pipelines will be purged of oil and filled with an inert fluid. Toxic or hazardous materials will be removed and disposed of in accordance with Department of Toxic Substances Control requirements. The well tasks include cleaning out each well and plugging with cement and inert mud. The well casings will be cut down approximately 5 ft below ground level and plated, and the surface at each site shall be restored. All oil and gas related facilities will be removed, and sites restored to as close to the original condition. That will include removing many of the pads and seeding them. Roads will be left in place if landowners choose to keep the roads.
The work to is expected to take about 18-24 months to complete