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ERG West Cat Canyon Revitalization Plan

[Information up to date as of 07/24/2018]

What’s New

REMINDER: Comments on the Draft EIR are due Friday, August 3, by 5 p.m.

The Draft EIR for the Project is available below, under Documents. The public review period began June 4, 2018 and ends at 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2018. Comments on the Draft EIR may be transmitted to P&D, via email, phone, or letter as described in the Notice of Availability which also is provided below, under Documents. You may request to be added to the mailing list or email notification list for this project by sending your name, mailing address and/or email address to Two public workshops were held to receive comments on the adequacy of the Draft EIR, as follows:

Completed: July 17, 2018, 3:00 pm, at the County Administration Building in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. A list of speakers is available here: An audio recording of speaker comments is available here: (Video recording not available.)

Completed: June 25, 2018, 6:00 pm, at the Betteravia Government Center in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria. A video of this June 25 public comment workshop is available at:

Project Description

The WCCPP project includes the development of 233 new thermally enhanced (steam injection) wells, installation of four additional steam generators, and replacement of the existing 4-inch diameter fuel gas pipeline with an 8-inch diameter line. The project includes 10 new well pads, 1 new steam generator pad, and the use of 91 existing pads for a total of 102 well and equipment pads, the installation of inner-field piping and other supporting equipment. All proposed facilities would be located on approximately 75 acres within ERG’s 8,054-acre West Cat Canyon property holdings. Existing ERG operations include 185 active or idle non-thermal wells and 314 active or idle thermal wells. Water for steaming the proposed wells would be obtained from the brine water produced by ERG’s field operations on the Project property.

Project Area Map

ERG West Cat Canyon Project Area


Notice of Draft EIR Public Comment Workshops

Draft Environmental Impact Report, June 2018

Notice of Availability, June 4, 2018

Notice of Completion, May 24, 2018

Final Scoping Report, October 2015

Notice of Preparation, August 24, 2015

Permit Application Materials

Past Activities

  • A Notice of Preparation was released of an Environmental Impact Report (County Case Number 15EIR-00000-00004). A Scoping Meeting was held on September 16, 2015.

  • The Board of Supervisors approved a contract for Aspen Environmental Group to prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the project on March 3, 2015.

  • The application was determined to be complete on October 2, 2014.

  • ERG re-submitted an application for an Oil Drilling and Production Plan and a Development Plan on September 14, 2014.

  • The application was determined to be incomplete on July 3, 2014.

  • ERG submitted an application for an Oil Drilling and Production Plan and a Development Plan on June 3, 2014.

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