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Aera East Cat Canyon Oil Field Redevelopment Project

[Information up to date as of 11/30/2018]

What’s New

November 2018:  The public comment period on the Draft EIR will start on November 30, 2018 and end on January 28, 2019. A public meeting will be held on January 17, 2019 at the Betteravia Government Center, Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria and the Engineering Building and Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu Street (via video). Additional meeting details can be found in the Notice of Availability.

November 2016 - October 2018:  County Planning and Development is working with their consultant to complete a Draft Environmental Impact Report for public circulation and comment.

November 21, 2016:  After a 30-day circulation period, the public comment period for the Notice of Preparation is now closed and a total of 17 NOP public comment letters were received.

November 15, 2016:  County Planning and Development held a public scoping meeting at 6PM on November 15, 2016, at the Betteravia Government Center Board of Supervisors Conference Room, 511 East Lakeview Parkway, Santa Maria, CA 93455.

October 21, 2016:  County Planning and Development submitted a Notice of Preparation to the State Clearing House.

April 8, 2016:  County Planning and Development determined the application for the Oil Drilling and Production Plan, Development Plan, and Vesting Tentative Tract Map for the East Cat Canyon Oil Field Redevelopment Project to be complete.

Project Overview

The Project will re-establish oil production in an existing oil field by implementing a thermal enhanced oil recovery process. Project plans include construction and restoration of approximately 72 well pads, construction and restoration of over nine miles of field access roads, and drilling of up to 296 wells. Planned wells include oil/gas production wells, steam injection wells, observation wells, non-potable water production wells, water injection wells, and fresh groundwater wells. No hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) would be used for this Project.

New processing facilities and field systems would be constructed. Processing facilities would include: 1) a production group station for bulk separation of produced gas and liquids, 2) a central processing facility for oil cleaning, water cleaning, water softening, oil storage, and oil sales, and 3) a steam generation site (up to six once-through steam generators rated at 85 million British thermal units/hour each) for production of saturated steam to be used for thermal enhanced oil recovery. An additional 62.5 million British thermal units/hour steam generator would be used to generate steam from the project’s produced gas. No fresh water would be used to generate steam; only non-potable water would be used.

Field systems would include: 1) a production gathering network, 2) a steam distribution network and 3) electrical power distribution and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks. Project infrastructure would also include an office building, a multipurpose building, a warehouse and maintenance building, and a facility control building. A fresh water system with a 3,000 barrel tank and water distribution pipelines is planned for drinking water and ancillary purposes, including fire protection, lavatories, showers, equipment cleaning, dust control, and minor landscape irrigation. Utility connections for the Project include a 14-mile, 8-inch natural gas pipeline and associated facilities, capable of providing 13 million cubic feet per day of natural gas to the Project at a delivery pressure of 300 pounds per square inch gage.

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