The California Department of Conservation and State Water Resources Control Board are considering proposals to expand the current aquifer exemption designation for two Kern County oil fields: 1) the Santa Margarita formation in the Fruitvale Oil Field and 2) the Transition Zone in the Tejon Oil Field. Subject to approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the proposed aquifer exemptions would allow the State, in compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, to approve Class II injection into the identified areas, either for enhanced oil recovery or for disposal of fluids associated with oil and gas production.
A public hearing about the Fruitval proposal was held August 15. Written comments will be accepted until Monday, August 29, 2016.
A public hearing about the Tejon proposal will be held at the Four Points Sheraton, 5101 California Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309 at 4 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2016. Public comments are due by Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5 p.m.
The Division and State Water Board have provided additional information and amended the proposed exemption for the Round Mountain field. Therefore, a 15-day supplemental comment period to receive comments on the additional information is now underway.
Public comments for the additional information must be received by the Division by 5 p.m. September 6, 2016.
this page to learn more about each of the aquifer exemption proposals.