The Los Cerritos Wetlands Oil Consolidation and Restoration Project has been refined and we can now offer additional information about our plan, see the details below.
Synergy Oil Field: Los Cerritos Wetlands, LLC and the LCWA entered into an Option Agreement earlier this year. The agreement specifies that a wetlands mitigation bank will be established over the northerly 78 acres of the Synergy property, as detailed in a mitigation bank and restoration plan (including a long term endowment) to be approved by an interagency review team. Public access would be created on the site by relocating and converting the Bixby Field Office to a Visitor’s Center, creating a perimeter trail and parking lot on existing disturbed areas.
Over the next 20-40 years, 39 wells and associated oil production facilities/equipment will be removed on the southerly 72 acres; specifically, within three years after project permits have been obtained, 95% of the above-ground pipelines and 100% of all tanks will be removed. This area will be remediated and revegetated, restoring the southerly portion of the site as the oil production facilities are removed. A specific restoration plan for the southerly 72 acres will be prepared closer to the time of the complete removal of the oil production facilities are removed.
The ownership of the site will be transferred to the LCWA for management and operation of the wetlands, visitor center and trail.
City Site: Synergy will also phase out their 13 existing oil wells and associated equipment from this site. A pipeline system and utility corridor will transport oil and utilities between the Pumpkin Patch and the LCWA site diagonally beneath the intersection of Studebaker and Westminster/2nd Street from the LCWA site to the City property, where they will be routed through disturbed areas on the site to the Pumpkin Patch.
LCWA Site: Development on this site will include up to 70 new wells (including oil production, water injection and water source wells), associated production equipment, a cogen power system (consisting of electricity, natural gas and solar), and four storage tanks. In addition, temporary drill rigs will be needed on site to establish the new wells and, from time-to-time, for maintenance purposes. There will be a new driveway on Westminster and the existing entry on Studebaker will be improved. Landscaping and a 10-foot high perimeter screen wall around the site will provide a visual buffer.
Pumpkin Patch: This site will be developed with a 2-story office building, a 22-foot high storage/warehouse facility, up to 50 new wells (including oil production, water injection and water source wells), additional oil production facilities (including a gas compression system, water treatment system, injection water system, blowdown stack, and 2 storage tanks). In addition, temporary drill rigs will be needed on site to establish the new wells and, from time-to-time, for maintenance purposes. A landscaped, 10-foot high wall facing the City Site, with a 22-foot high perimeter screen wall around the remainder of the site will be constructed to prevent views of the oil equipment. There will be a new entrance on Studebaker Road as well as entry monumentation and landscaping installed at the corner of the site along Pacific Coast Highway to enhance the entry into Long Beach.