Thank you for the opportunity to submit written comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Public Resources Code §21000 et seq. CEQA requires that the environmental impacts of proposed projects be evaluated, and that feasible methods to reduce, avoid, or eliminate significant adverse impacts of these projects be identified and implemented.
OXY USA Inc. (OXY) is proposing the construction and operation of a new oil and gas facility to develop a portion of the Dominguez Oil Field. The proposed project (project) is located at 1450 – 1480 Charles Willard Street, and will consist of up to 202 wells (2 existing test wells and 200 new wells), an oil and gas processing facility, water treatment facility, water injection operations, slurry injection and disposal operations, an electrical connection, an emergency flare, and shipping and pipeline facilities. The project is predicted to produce and transport approximately 6,000 barrels of oil per day, and three million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day. Wells will be constructed to depths of 4,000 to 13,500 feet underground in order to locate oil reservoirs.
We recognize the tremendous time and staff expertise that staff at the City of Carson has invested in preparing the DEIR. The subsequent Final EIR must be consistent with the requirements of CEQA (Public Resources Code Division 13, commencing with Section 21000) and the State CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations Chapter 3, commencing with Section 15000). The Final EIR must provide the public with detailed information, and thoroughly and fully evaluate the potential effects associated with oil and gas development within the proposed scope of the project.