On March 5, 2020, the State Oil & Gas Supervisor issued an Order to AllenCo Energy, Inc., to permanently close its Saint James drill site in South Central Los Angeles. Among other requirements, the company must plug and abandon (permanently seal) its 21 wells. AllenCo had been seeking approval to restart production after shutting down in late 2013 for numerous violations. Read
Order 1174 from the State Oil & Gas Supervisor to AllenCo Energy, Inc. (PDF) for details.
The City of Los Angeles filed a civil enforcement action in January, 2014, alleging, in general, that AllenCo Energy Inc. was in violation of California's oil and gas laws, public health and safety laws, air and water quality protection laws, and fire and safety, and odor regulations. The Final Judgment in that case directed AllenCo to provide evidence of compliance with laws and orders, install a continuous air-monitoring system, and obtain approval from the Los Angeles City Attorney before resuming operations.
In its oversight of AllenCo, the Department of Conservation's Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM, formerly DOGGR) issued Orders and a Notice of Violation ordering the operator to comply with idle well, water injection well, and equipment testing requirements, in addition to records production and bond requirements.
Since August 2018, an interagency group, including CalGEM and led by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, met regularly to assess AllenCo's compliance progress.
After CalGEM and contractor inspections found gas leaks at the St. James drill site in September 2019, CalGEM issued a
September 26, 2019 remedial Order (PDF) to AllenCo to repair all leaks and depressurize its 21 wells. AllenCo appealed the Order.
CalGEM Documents Related to AllenCo Energy Inc.
Notice of Violation, leaking wells, to Allenco Energy, Inc. September 18, 2019 (PDF)
CalGEM Response to AllenCo Revised Startup Plan, December 24, 2018 (PDF)
CalGEM Receipt of AllenCo Revised Startup Plan, October 4, 2018 (PDF)
AllenCo Revised Startup Plan to CalGEM, July 5, 2018 (PDF)
CalGEM Response to AllenCo Startup Plan, July 5, 2018 (PDF)
AllenCo Startup Plan to CalGEM, March 30, 2018 (PDF)
- Order 1047 to Allenco Energy, Inc, April 28, 2014 (PDF)