AllenCo Oil Production Facility (Los Angeles)
The State Oil & Gas Supervisor has 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 more about AllenCo's St. James Lease facility.
HVI Cat Canyon State Abandonment
The California Department of Conservation, Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) is embarking on the largest State Abandonment project in its history – the permanent and safe closure of approximately 171 orphan oil and gas wells and attendant production facilities in Santa Barbara County. Read more about this state abandonment work.
Oil Field Surface Expressions (Kern County)
Regulations approved in 2019 prohibit surface expressions in California oil fields. The Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) has issued Notices of Violation and Orders to operators in Kern County to remediate several surface expressions and pay fines... Read more about Kern County oil field surface expressions.
Cat Canyon Aquifer Exemption
State officials are assessing a proposal to expand the aquifer exemption in the Cat Canyon oil field. An expansion would ensure that continued oil production protects groundwater that may be suitable for drinking or agricultural use. A public meeting was held in Santa Maria on June 5, 2019. The public comment period is closed.
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Aliso Canyon Storage Facility
On July 19, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Department of Conservation, Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) announced that the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Los Angeles County could reopen at greatly reduced capacity... Read more about the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility.
DOW R.G.C. 10 ("Marina del Rey") Well Remediation
The DOW R.G.C. 10 well in Marina Del Rey is now permanently sealed following a blowout on January 11, 2019...
Read more about the Marina del Rey well blowout and response.