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Venoco's Environmental Impact
updated: Jan 31, 2014, 1:00 PM

Source: City of Goleta

The California State Lands Commission (CSLC) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on Venoco's application to return offshore Oil and Gas Lease No. PRC 421 to oil production from an existing shoreline well (Well 421-2) that has been shut-in since 1994.

The CSLC will review and consider certification of the Final EIR, and, if the Final EIR is certified, to take action on the proposed Project at the next scheduled meeting of the State Lands Commission, which is currently scheduled to be held on February 21, 2014, in Sacramento.

Venoco, Inc. (Venoco) has proposed to return offshore State Oil and Gas Lease No. PRC 421 to oil production using an existing shoreline well (Well 421-2), which has been shut-in since 1994. The Project involves the following components.

• Well 421-2, located offshore in CSLC jurisdiction, would be recommissioned using an existing pier (Pier 421-2), straddling the City of Goleta's and CSLC's jurisdiction, located southeast of what is commonly known as Haskell's Beach.

• Water and gas from crude oil emulsion extracted from Well 421-2 would be separated at the existing Ellwood Onshore Facility (EOF) in the City of Goleta.

• Infrastructure associated with Well 421-2 production would be upgraded, including repair of caisson walls, a new electrical submersible pump, well safety equipment, and a new flowline to the EOF.

• A second well (Well 421-1), which is located on an adjacent pier (Pier 421-1), would be decommissioned and removed.

• The estimated productive life of PRC 421 is 20 years. Estimated production during the first month is 150 barrels of oil per day (BOPD). Instantaneous oil production rate is not projected to exceed 500 BOPD. After two years, production is anticipated to taper off to approximately 50 BOPD, matching the well's last 10 years of continuous historical production.

The Draft EIR was circulated for a 60-day public review period beginning Friday, October 18, 2013, and ending Friday, December 20, 2013.

The notice of availability can be found here. The Final Draft EIR can be found here and a copy of it is available for public review at the Planning Counter at Goleta City Hall at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B and at the Goleta Library at 500 N. Fairview as well as several other locations identified in the notice of availability.

Questions and comments should be directed to:

CSLC, Attn: Eric Gillies
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 574-1897


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