The Commission and its contractors have completed 96 percent of onshore abandonments (26 of 27 wells, including two additional Hobson Fee wells) and 100 percent of offshore abandonments (50 of 50 wells). Project completion is expected before June 30, 2021, the project deadline.
Phase two is to develop a decommissioning plan for the disposition of Rincon Island, the onshore facility, and the causeway. This includes a feasibility study and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation.
In September 2020, the Commission released a solicitation for an environmental consultant to conduct a feasibility study and prepare California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation to evaluate decommissioning alternatives for the disposition of the island, onshore facility, and causeway. Eight highly qualified firms submitted responses. Staff interviewed the four most qualified candidates and selected a contractor. The phase two work will begin in the first quarter of 2021 and is anticipated to be completed in 2022. This process will include extensive public outreach and stakeholder engagement.
Phase three is to execute a decommissioning plan for the disposition of Rincon Island, the onshore facility, and the causeway. This phase, which will happen when phase two is complete, will require discretionary approval of the proposed decommissioning plan by the Commission, approvals by other governmental agencies, funding and hiring a decommissioning contractor.
The relinquishment means the last operational offshore oil drilling and production facility in the Santa Barbara Channel is over, and RILP’s interests will be added to California’s Coastal Sanctuary. The Commission is now, as it has been, working to ensure public and environmental safety and to protect the state’s public lands and resources.
- 08/20/2020 (56) – Request authority for the Executive Officer to solicit statements of interest for consultant services, negotiate a fair and reasonable price, and award and execute agreements for a feasibility report and environmental documentation.
- 02/27/2018 (92) – Request authority for the Executive Officer to enter into agreements for access and operations on the former Rincon leases. An update on the Commission’s oil and gas decommissioning projects, including the Becker Well.
- 11/29/2017 (71) – Consider the future disposition of oil and gas leases PRC 1466.1, PRC 410.1, and PRC 145.1, held by Rincon Island Limited Partnership, and proposals submitted on behalf of the bankruptcy estate of Rincon Island Limited Partnership for alternate operators to assume control of those leases.
- 08/17/2017 (77) – An update on Rincon Island Limited Partnership’s operational compliance, chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, and a settlement between the Commission and Atlantic Richfield Company, a prior lessee.
Leases, Agreements, Amendments, & Quitclaims
Lease – 04/17/1949
Amendment – 04/17/1959
Amendment – 07/01/1974
Amendment – 06/01/1985
Amendment – 08/01/1986
Amendment – 10/01/1987
Amendment – 11/01/1987
Amendment – 11/01/1995
Quitclaim – 12/12/2017