Letters Regarding Culver City's Request for Bottom Hole Locations
- Culver City’s February 9, 2015 Request for Bottom Hole Information
- Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas March 16, 2015 Response
Senate Bill (SB) 4 Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations
On September 20, 2013 Governor Brown signed into law SB 4 amending sections of the Public Resources Code relating to oil and gas. This bill requires the adoption of rules and regulations specific to well stimulation, including governing the construction of wells and well casings and disclosure of the composition and disposition of well stimulation fluids, and would authorize the division to allow well stimulation treatments if specific conditions are met. In November of 2013, the California Department of Conservation (DOC), Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), began the formal rulemaking process for Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations. Effective January 1, 2014, the DOC established interim regulations to govern oil and gas well stimulation treatment until DOC's proposed permanent regulations were completed and became effective. On December 30, 2014, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved and filed the final proposed regulations on well stimulation treatments with the Office of the Secretary of State. These regulations go into effect on July 1, 2015. The text of the final regulations can be found at:
Pursuant to SB 4, DOC prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate the impacts of existing and potential future oil and gas well stimulation treatments occurring within California. Suggestions for the content and scope of the EIR were taken at five public scoping meetings around the State from December 2013 through January 2014. On January 14th, DOC, through DOGGR, published a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) titled "Analysis of Oil and Gas Well Stimulation Treatments in California." On July 1, 2015, the head of DOGGR certified the Final EIR.
Separately pursuant to Senate Bill 4 (Pavley 2013), the California Natural Resources Agency has commissioned the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) to conduct an independent scientific assessment of well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, in California. The purpose of the report is to synthesize and assess the available scientific information associated with well completion treatments in California. The review will survey hydraulic fracturing, matrix acidizing, and acid fracturing as they are applied both onshore and offshore for oil and gas production in the state. Published information will be used to investigate the history and current application of well stimulation treatments, changes in the potential for oil and gas development in California made possible by well stimulation treatments, and evidence of environmental and public health impacts attributable to these technologies.
On January 14, 2015, CCST released Volume I of the report to the public. Volume I, which is titled "An Independent Scientific Assessment of Well Stimulation Technologies in California: Well Stimulation Technologies and their Past, Present, and Potential Future Use in California", provides the factual basis describing what well stimulation treatments (WST) are, how they are conducted in general and practiced in California, and where they have been and are being used for oil and gas production in the state. To view or download the report, please visit the CCST website at: http://ccst.us/projects/hydraulic_fracturing_public/SB4.php
CCST’s full report will be issued in three volumes. Volumes II and III will be released in July 2015.
Additional information and documents are available on the DOC’s web site at http://www.conservation.ca.gov
Culver City Comments Relating to SB4
- Culver City's Comments on SB4 Draft Environmental Impact Report (3/16/15)
- Culver City Comments to SB4 Proposed Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations (01/14/14)
- Culver City Comments to SB4 Proposed Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations First Revised Text (07/28/14)
- Culver City Comments to SB 4 Proposed Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations Second Revised Text (10-24-14)
Los Angeles County Community Standards District (CSD)
Baldwin Hills Community Standards District (CSD) Review: (updated: 06/11/13)
Culver City has received the following notice from the County of Los Angeles regarding a public meeting to receive comments on the required comprehensive review of the Baldwin Hills Community Standards District (CSD).
In December 2008, the County of Los Angeles adopted a new set of standards to regulate the portion of the Inglewood Oil Field that is located in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. The standards are known as the Baldwin Hills Community Standards District (CSD).
Section G.7 of the CSD requires that the County conduct a comprehensive review of the CSD at least every five years to determine if the provisions of the CSD are adequately protecting the health, safety, and general welfare. The review shall consider whether additional provisions should be added, appended, or removed and to evaluate if proven technological advances that would further reduce impacts of oil operations on neighboring land uses should be incorporated into the provisions of the CSD. The Department of Regional Planning has made a survey available to collect the community’s input. Please click on the following link to read the introduction to the periodic review process, and to be taken to the survey: http://planning.lacounty.gov/baldwinhills/csd.
For the latest information, please visit http://planning.lacounty.gov/baldwinhills