A local oil and gas operator has requested a "variance" from the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board in order to truck oil and gas products from their oil fields located in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru because a pipeline servicing a majority of operators in the South Mountain area has been shut down.
According to a calendar item at the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District a VCAPCD board hearing is set for Monday, August 29 at 5:30 pm for that Board to hear a request from California Resources Production Inc (CRPC) - the Hearing notice states -
"THE HEARING BOARD WILL GIVE CONSIDERATION to the following petition for variance from the Air Pollution Control District Rules and Regulations: Number 866: Petition of California Resources Production Corp. ("CRPC") for a short variance from Air Pollution Control District (District) Rule 29.C, Conditions on Permits – Violation of Permit to Operate No. 00053, Condition 3. CRPC produces oil and gas at the South Mountain and West Mountain Leases.
On July 19, 2016, CRPC was granted Emergency Variance No. 863 for 30 days. CRPC normally ships oil by a pipeline that is owned by another company. The oil pipeline was taken out of service for inspection and associated repairs. CRPC does not have control over the pipeline or repairs. Permit Condition 3 prohibits shipping of produced crude oil from certain leases via truck. Variance No. 863 allowed CRPC to ship crude oil from some of their leases via truck to another pipeline while the main pipeline was out of service.
On August 2, 2016, CRPC filed a petition for a short variance to continue shipping oil via truck while inspection and repairs on the main pipeline continued. A hearing was scheduled for August 15, 2016.
On August 5, 2016, the remaining pipelines servicing all of South Mountain and a majority of the producers in Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru shut down. CRPC no longer had access to a working pipeline.
On August 9, 2016, CRPC was granted Emergency Variance No. 865 which allowed the original leases and additional leases to ship oil via truck because they had no access to working pipelines. On August 10, 2016, CRPC submitted a letter requesting to withdraw their short variance petition. The hearing scheduled for August 15, 2016, was cancelled.
On August 15, 2016, CRPC filed a petition for a short variance to use temporary loading facilities that will allow them to continue producing oil and gas while the pipelines are down. A hearing was scheduled for August 29, 2016. CRPC will cease trucking oil as the pipelines go back into service. The facility is not a major stationary source as defined by Environmental Protection Agency criteria.
Interested persons may examine the petition, which includes proposed conditions and/or increments of progress, at the office of the Clerk of the Board, Fourth Floor, Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, California.
Interested persons may also examine a copy of the Air Pollution Control District Rules and Regulations at the office of the Clerk of the Board. The office hours for the Clerk of the Board are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Clerk of the Board of Supervisors &
Clerk of the APCD Hearing Board