Hidden Canyon Test Well Production Plan

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Barbara County
Document Title
Hidden Canyon Test Well Production Plan
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Document Description
West bay Exploration is requesting approval of a production plan (Case No 22PPP-00000-00001) to grade one new well pad, approximately 0.996 acres in size (140’ x 310’), to drill one new test well for oil and gas exploration off of School House Canyon Rd in New Cuyama in Santa Barbara County. The surface elevation is 1,983.8 feet above mean sea level (AMSL) and the Target Depth is approximately 11,000 feet below ground level. No permanent facilities are proposed besides the single wellhead following drilling operations. The project would be implemented in two phases; Well Drilling and Well Plugging and Abandonment. Preparation and grading of the drill site would take approximately 5 days to complete. During site preparation activities the proposed project site would be graded, watered and compacted to establish a level and solid foundation for the drilling rig. Material would be balanced onsite. Drilling of the Well would last approximately 14 days. Non-hazardous waste (primarily drilling mud and cuttings) would be a product of this phase and it would be transported to E & P Waste. Grading includes 4,521 cubic yards of cut and 5,482 cubic yards of fill to account for the 25% compaction factor for shrinkage over a 10% grade. Therefore 961 cubic yards would be imported. Once dug, the well would be abandoned. No gas production is proposed as a part of the project. There are no permanent facilities proposed except for the single wellhead following successful drilling operations. One daily operator site visit would occur to ensure compliance with Code and well safety.

Contact Information

Katie Nall
Agency Name
County of Santa Barbara - Planning and Development
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


New Cuyama
Santa Barbara
Southern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
School House Road and Highway 166
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Cuyama River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Other (Oil and Gas Well)
Local Actions
Production Plan
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Noise, Wildfire, Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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