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Shell Guadalupe Gravel Remediation In-Lieu Proposal Project

[Information up to date as of 09/06/2017]


What’s New

The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the project on September 10, 2014 in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria.


Recent Activities

The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report was completed and made available for Public Review on May 8, 2014. The public review period ended June 22, 2014.

A public hearing was held on May 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM, in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at the Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria.

A scoping meeting was held on November 7, 2013 at 918 Obispo Street in Guadalupe, California.

A Notice of Preparation was prepared and distributed to responsible and affected agencies and other interested parties for a 30-day public review on October 23, 2013.

The following documents may be viewed for additional information regarding the project:


Description

Shell Exploration and Production, Inc. (Shell), proposes to leave in place approximately 293,752 cubic yards of sand impacted by remnant gravel that remains from an exploratory drilling project. The original drilling and production project was approved by the County in 1983 and included the placement of gravel for road base to accommodate heavy equipment access and stabilize sand near the proposed drilling islands. Permit Condition #31 of 82-CP-75(cz) for the drilling project requires removal of all materials brought into the dunes to support the exploratory drilling project as follows:

#31. All introduced materials on or near the surface (depth of 15 feet) shall be removed when the drilling islands are abandoned.

In exchange for leaving the gravel in place, the Applicant would provide a monetary in-lieu fee to the County for enhancement of public recreation and open space in the north coastal region of Santa Barbara County. The Applicant ceased oil and gas operations in 1989 and commenced abandonment and reclamation of the site as required by the County. With the exception of the remnant gravel sites, all production wells and infrastructure were abandoned and site reclamation was completed under 96-CDP-010 in 1997 in compliance with County and DOGGR regulations. A portion of the gravel and some asphaltic materials were removed in 1997; however, up to 293,752 cubic yards of sand impacted by approximately 1,237 cubic yards of gravel remain.

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Background

Permit Condition #31 of 82-CP-75(cz) requires removal of all materials brought into the dunes to support and as a result of the exploratory drilling project. Permit Condition #31 is stated as follows:

#31. All introduced materials on or near the surface (depth of 15 feet) shall be removed when the drilling islands are abandoned.

The original drilling and production project was approved by the County in 1983, conditionally granting Husky Oil Company permission to develop and operate 42 oil and gas wells from two drilling islands. That Project’s environmental impacts were evaluated within 82-EIR-11, which identified significant impacts to land use/recreation, visual, and flora and fauna resources. Only Island D (referred to as Site D in this SEIR) was constructed and contained five wells, located approximately 240 feet northwest of the existing and actively used Gordon Sand Company access road. This drilling operation included the placement of gravel for road base to accommodate heavy equipment access and stabilize sand near the proposed islands.

Shell Exploration and Production, Inc., the successor in interest for the site and the current Applicant, ceased operation of Island D in 1989 and commenced abandonment and reclamation of the site under 96-CDP-010 as required by the County. With the exception of the remnant gravel sites, all production wells and infrastructure were abandoned and site reclamation was completed in 1997 in compliance with regulations of the County and the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). The Applicant performed site assessments which confirmed that no hazardous levels of any materials were present in local soils or groundwater. These assessments and a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) were approved by the County Petroleum Department in July 1992. A portion of the gravel and some asphaltic materials were removed under 96-CDP-010 in 1997; however, up to 293,752 cy of sand impacted by gravel remained due to technical screening limitations.


Documents

  • 82-EIR-11 Final EIR Husky Oil
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