North Garey Oil and Gas Production Plan
[Information up to date as of 02/01/2017]
In June 2017 the County approved PetroRock’s North Garey Production Plan Amendment request to replace up to 56 of the existing production wells at a 1 to 1 ratio at a maximum of 45 replacements within a single year. The approved replacement wells would be drilled on the same pad of the corresponding original well is plugged and abandoned.
The applicant, PetroRock, LLC, is now in the process of complying with requirements that must be satisfied before the zoning clearance can be issued and construction can proceed.
The North Garey oil and gas project is located within the Cat Canyon Oil Field, near the town of Garey and approximately 5 miles east of the City of Santa Maria. It consists of 56 new oil and gas wells, one new water injection well, an equipment storage yard, and production and gathering pipelines. The project will be developed on eight new well pads and one existing well pad ranging from 0.8 acres to 2.5 acres in size (total coverage of all pads is 11.75 acres). The existing Tunnell Facility, also operated by PetroRock, will provide storage, separation, processing, transportation and other incidental operations for oil produced from the wells associated with the North Garey project. A cyclic steaming process will be used to produce the oil. No hydraulic fracturing is planned or permitted for the project. A detailed project description is available in the Final MND (updated 7/8/14).
The approved North Garey Production Plan was amended to allow for the drilling of up to 56 replacement wells. These replacement wells will replace the existing wells at a 1 to 1 ratio, should any of the wells that were approved under the North Garey Production Plan prove to be uneconomic or experience mechanical failure. The total number of wells will not exceed the permitted total of 56 production wells at any one time, and no more than 45 wells would be replaced within a single year.
North Garey Project Area
North Garey Drill Sites
The Planning Commission approved the North Garey project on March 12, 2014 and adopted the Final Mitigated Negative Declaration (Final MND) on a 5-0 vote. The appeal period ended on March 24, 2014 with no appeals filed. Thus, the Planning Commission’s approval is final. The Notice of Determination for the project was posted on March 17, 2014, beginning a 30-day statute of limitations on court challenges to the approval under CEQA (CEQA Guidelines Section 15094).