On September 27, 2019, staff from the Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM, formerly DOGGR) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District determined that several small gas leaks at the AllenCo Energy Inc. facility in South Central Los Angeles had ceased. No new leaks were discovered at the time. On September 30, a contractor working for AllenCo self-reported finding and repairing three additional small leaks at the site. CalGEM intends to re-inspect the site later this week to confirm that all leaks have been halted.
AllenCo has appealed a
September 26, 2019 remedial Order from the Acting State Oil and Gas Supervisor requiring a plan to repair all leaks and depressurize its 21 wells. The September 27 inspection found AllenCo has depressurized some wells and lines. A date to set an appeal hearing date will be scheduled within 30 days.
The Order follows a September 18, 2019 Notice of Violation to AllenCo after CalGEM inspectors reported several small gas leaks.
AllenCo continues to seek approval to restart production after shutting down in late 2013 for uncontrolled emissions and violations of multiple State statutes and regulations.
The City of Los Angeles filed a civil enforcement action in January 2014 alleging, in general, violations of California's oil and gas laws, public health and safety laws, air and water quality protection laws, fire and safety violations, and odor violations. 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 April 2014, the Department of Conservation's Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM, formerly DOGGR) issued
Order 1047 to AllenCo ordering it 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 (see list below), including CalGEM and led by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, has met regularly to assess AllenCo's compliance progress. CalGEM's role is to ensure that the operator meets statutory and regulatory requirements and conducts activities in a manner consistent with protecting public safety and the environment.
As of March 2019, AllenCo must still complete testing and repair of idle wells, testing and repair of fluid injection wells, and demonstrate compliance with CalGEM's annual environmental and safety system testing requirements.
CalGEM Documents Related to AllenCo Energy Inc.
Notice of Violation, leaking wells, to Allenco Energy, Inc. September 18, 2019 (PDF)
Order 1047 to Allenco Energy, Inc, April 28, 2014 (PDF)
AllenCo Startup Plan to CalGEM, March 30, 2018 (PDF)
CalGEM Response to AllenCo Startup Plan, July 5, 2018 (PDF)
AllenCo Revised Startup Plan to CalGEM, July 5, 2018 (PDF)
CalGEM Receipt of AllenCo Revised Startup Plan, October 4, 2018 (PDF)
CalGEM Response to AllenCo Revised Startup Plan, December 24, 2018 (PDF)
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