Project Title:AERA East Cat Canyon Oil Field Redevelopment Project
Case Number: 15PPP-00000-00001 & 15TRM-00000-00003
Project Location:Cat Canyon, Santa Barbara County
Assigned Staff and Division:

Errin BriggsEnergy, Minerals and Compliance Division


May, 2020 -  The project was voluntarily withdrawn by the applicant on May 27, 2020.

Description (Withdrawn)

AERA.jpgThe Project would re-establish oil production in an existing oil field by implementing a thermal enhanced oil recovery process. Project plans include construction and restoration of approximately 72 well pads, construction and restoration of over nine miles of field access roads, and drilling of up to 296 wells. Planned wells include oil/gas production wells, steam injection wells, observation wells, non-potable water production wells, water injection wells, and fresh groundwater wells. No hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") would be used for this Project.

New processing facilities and field systems would be constructed. Processing facilities would include: 1) a production group station for bulk separation of produced gas and liquids, 2) a central processing facility for oil cleaning, water cleaning, water softening, oil storage, and oil sales, and 3) a steam generation site (up to six once-through steam generators rated at 85 million British thermal units/hour each) for production of saturated steam to be used for thermal enhanced oil recovery. An additional 62.5 million British thermal units/hour steam generator would be used to generate steam from the project's produced gas. No fresh water would be used to generate steam; only non-potable water would be used.

Field systems would include: 1) a production gathering network, 2) a steam distribution network and 3) electrical power distribution and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks. Project infrastructure would also include an office building, a multipurpose building, a warehouse and maintenance building, and a facility control building. A fresh water system with a 3,000 barrel tank and water distribution pipelines is planned for drinking water and ancillary purposes, including fire protection, lavatories, showers, equipment cleaning, dust control, and minor landscape irrigation. Utility connections for the Project include a 14-mile, 8-inch natural gas pipeline and associated facilities, capable of providing 13 million cubic feet per day of natural gas to the Project at a delivery pressure of 300 pounds per square inch gage.


DateEvent Type

Nov 30, 2018                                                

The Draft EIR was released and circulated for a 60-day public comment period which ended on January 28, 2019.  A public meeting was held on January 17, 2019.  Additional meeting details can be found in the Notice of Availability.

Nov 2016 - Oct 2018                                                        

County Planning and Development is working with their consultant to complete a Draft Environmental Impact Report for public circulation and comment.

Nov 21, 2016                      

After a 30-day circulation period, the public comment period for the Notice of Preparation is now closed and a total of 17 public comment letters were received.

Nov 15, 2016 

County Planning and Development held a public scoping meeting at 6:00 PM on November 15, 2016 at the Betteravia Government Center Board of Supervisors Conference Room at 511 East Lakeview Parkway, Santa Maria, CA  93455. 

Oct 21, 2016                         

County Planning and Development submitted a Notice of Preparation to the State Clearing House. 

April 8, 2016              

County Planning and Development determined the application for the Oil Drilling and Production Plan, Development Plan, and Vesting Tentative Tract Map for the East Cat Canyon Oil Field Redevelopment Project to be complete. 


CEQA Materials

Permit Application Materials

Additional Information

If you have any comments or questions, please contact the project planner, Errin Briggs via email.