The Plan 2017-10-10T09:51:22+00:00

Reducing our footprint, restoring our wetlands

The Project proposes comprehensive wetlands and habitat restoration, which will restore significant portions of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Complex including the Steamshovel Slough.

Oil production will be consolidated onto the LCWA and Pumpkin Patch properties by removing existing oil facilities on the Synergy site and City-owned property, over time. Where there will be almost a 95% reduction in the oil production footprint.

This unusual opportunity is consistent with the objectives of the community and wetlands advocates who champion the acquisition, protection, conservation, and restoration of the Los Cerritos Wetlands.  A PowerPoint presentation has been made available to cover the overall plan and is here for your review.

Synergy Oil
  • Restore the northern approximate 76 acres of the property via a mitigation bank. Restoration of the wetlands and habitat will occur as detailed in the restoration plan that will be approved by a review team consisting of numerous state and federal agencies, Audubon, LCWA and third party biologists.
  • Create a long-term endowment for the restoration area.
  • Upon receipt of the building permits Synergy has voluntarily committed to reducing production by 75% to further reduce environmental impacts
  • Remove 39 wells, as well as tanks, pipelines and other oil related facilities on the southern approximate 73 acres, over time. Within 3 years, 95% of the above-ground pipelines and 100% of all tanks will be removed from this area. Within 20 years, 50% of the wells, and within 40 years, all of the wells, operated on the southern portion of the site will be removed and abandoned according to state guidelines.
  • Remediate and revegetate the southern 73 acres as oil wells and oil production facilities are removed.
  • Create public access by relocating and repurposing the Bixby Field Office as a Visitor’s Center and creating a perimeter trail and parking lot on existing disturbed areas.
  • Transfer ownership of the property to LCWA for management and operation of the wetlands, Visitor’s Center and trail. And create an endowment to maintain the site in perpetuity.
Pumpkin Patch
  • Construct a 2-story, 5,200 square foot office building, with parking.
  • Construct a 18-foot high, 9,750 square foot storage/warehouse for equipment and materials.
  • Drill up to 50 new wells (a combination of oil production, water injection, and water source wells), to be contained in 3 well cellars, which will be approximately 8 feet below grade.
  • Construct and operate oil production facilities, including 2 storage tanks, as well as related systems and equipment.
  • Use drill rigs to establish new wells and to maintain existing wells.
  • Construct a landscaped, 10-foot high perimeter screen wall, along the northeast boundary, with a 18-foot high perimeter screen wall around the remainder of the site to prevent views of the oil equipment.
  • Construct a new entrance on Studebaker Road.
  • Install City of Long Beach entry monumentation and landscaping at the corner of the site at Pacific Coast Highway to enhance the entry into Long Beach.
  • Install bike fix-it station along Pacific Coast Highway for public use.
  • Protect and enhance the degraded wetland habitat in the northeasterly 2-acre portion of this site, by retaining this area as open space and maintaining a 100-foot buffer around the wetland habitat.
LCWA Site
  • Drill up to 70 new wells (a combination of oil production, water injection, and water source wells).
  • Construct associated oil production equipment, including an elevated piperack, a 28,000 barrel sales oil tank a 5,000 barrel injection water tank, two 14,000 barrel  multi-use tanks, and a 20 – 25 foot high flare to be used only occasionally.
  • Construct a 10-foot high perimeter screen wall around the site.
  • Use drill rigs to establish new wells and to maintain existing wells.
  • Construct a new driveway on Westminster and improve the existing entry on Studebaker.
  • Construct and operate a power system.  The oil field operations will be powered by a microgrid with electricity from Southern California Edison, a solar photovoltaic system and on-site natural gas turbines.  Natural gas is produced as a by-product of oil production operations; this natural gas will be captured and used to power the gas turbines.  The turbines are part of a cogeneration system that will include a heat recovery steam generator to energize heating and cooling processes that would otherwise require additional electricity/natural gas.  Thus the cogeneration system avoids the pollution associated with that otherwise needed electricity/natural gas. Until sufficient quantities of gas are produced, the Project’s power needs will be provided by electricity from SCE.
City Site
  • Synergy will phase out their 13 existing oil wells and equipment from this site. Within 3 years, 95% of the above-ground pipelines and 100% of all tanks will be removed. Within 20 years, 50% of the wells, and within 40 years, all of the wells, operated on the City site will be removed and abandoned according to state guidelines.
  • A pipeline system and utility corridor will extend from Pumpkin Patch to the LCWA site across the City site. The pipeline and utility corridor will include an oil pipeline and separate lines for water, gas, and electricity. It is proposed to extend diagonally beneath the intersection of Studebaker and Westminster/2nd Street from the LCWA site to the City property.  Once the pipeline reaches the City property, the lines will be separated into a combination of above- and below-ground pipelines. The pipelines will be routed through existing disturbed areas to a point where they will then be routed 3-5 feet below ground and enter the Pumpkin Patch site.

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