Is there oil in Eureka? I mean has anyone ever drilled a test well or performed seismic testing for the presence of oil in Eureka? Maybe there is a little oil patch on the west side of town, in the tidelands area. It wouldn’t be the only tidelands area in California that is oily.
Would an oil well or two be considered “mixed use” or “light industrial?”
Because I found this from the Eureka Development Agency, about a 5 acre parcel just west of the small boat basin:
Eureka Redevelopment Agency
The property shall be developed in accordance with theadopted Local Coastal Program which designates the propertyas Coastal Dependent Industrial (MC). The following uses arepermitted in the MC Districts:(a) Boat repair and ship building(b) Commercial fishing facilities(c) Docks, piers and wharves(d) Marine services(e) Marine oil terminals(f)OCS service bases and offshore pipelines(g) Seafood processing(h) Waterborne carrier import and export facilities
Natural Gas Resources in Humboldt County23There are natural gas deposits present in Humboldt County. Active gas wells areconcentrated in the Tompkin Hills Gas Field. Of the County’s 39 gas wells, 31 are currentlyproducing and 8 are considered shut in, meaning they cannot produce gas at their currentdepths and are sealed off in order to maintain the pressure on remaining deposits.3 In 2000,net gas production was 1,337,796 million cubic feet (mcf); this represents a 31 percentdecrease in gas production since 1992, when net production was 1,927,787 mcf. Also in 23
1992, 34 gas wells were in production and 5 were shut in.4 Humboldt County contains threeinactive oil wells and has not produced oil in at least the past ten years.FOREXCO, Inc. of Greensboro, NC, recently secured a 20-year lease (through 2022) toengage in the exploration of natural gas in Humboldt County on the east and west side of theEel River near Alton to determine potential natural gas reserves. As part of this lease, theyhave the rights to the exploration and operation of up to five previously developed well sitesthat have the potential for up to five wells per site. FOREXCO has proposed to construct anatural gas collection and transportation system that would cross the Eel River andinterconnect with the existing gas sales delivery point at the Pacific Gas and ElectricCompany’s (PG&E) natural gas meter station in Alton. The pipeline will be designed tooperate at a maximum allowable operation pressure of 1,360 pounds per square inch (psi). The design of the project allows for greater capacity for possible future development ofnatural gas reserves west of the Eel River.
The last proposed lease sale in 1987, thwarted by the moratorium, would have opened 6.5 million acres off the North Coast. Off Mendocino and Humboldt counties, the tracts for sale lay from 3 to 27 miles offshore, and some of the 24 planned platforms, some of them 300 feet tall and each with dozens of wells, would have been visible from land.
Tourism and commercial fisheries would have been affected, according to an environmental review then, while as many as 240 new oil tanker trips from Fort Bragg and Eureka to San Francisco Bay refineries were predicted under the full development scenario. The probability of one or more spills occurring would be 94 percent for accidents involving 1,000 barrels or more, according to documents.
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