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Idle oil wells leaking methane near Bakersfield neighborhoods repaired

BAKERSFIELD, California (KERO) – Officials from the California Geological Energy Management Division announced Tuesday that 38 previously found methane leaks or high-pressure accumulations were found in several neighborhoods in Bakersfield.

CalGEM says it continues to work with Griffin Resources, LLC to properly repair a well that was found leaking methane after initial repair work.

They also hired a contractor to repair eight wells owned by Citadel Exploration, Inc., which were previously spilling high levels of methane. To date, the contractor has repaired four of these eight wells in the Citadel.

Return in May regulators said several oil wells in northeastern Bakersfield were leaking and needed repair.


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From CALGEM:

A summary of the state of the wells can be found by operator below:

  • Griffin Resources, LLC Wells Fruitvale Oil Field: They had previously found that fourteen wells were leaking methane. Repairs were made to fourteen wells; however, one of these wells continues to emit low levels of methane. CalGEM is working with the operator to properly repair the remaining spillway.
  • Sunray Petroleum Wells in Kern Bluff Oil Field: The six wells that previously leaked methane have been repaired. Post-repair inspections show no methane emissions.
  • Zynergy, LLC wells in the Kern Bluff oil field: All seven wells that first dumped methane have now been repaired. Post-repair inspections show no methane emissions.
  • Citadel Exploration Inc. wells in the Kern Bluff oil field: Eight wells were previously identified with methane emissions. CalGEM’s contractors have begun work to stop leaks from these wells – to date, four of the eight wells have been repaired.

Of those eight wells, seven wells are included in an Order issued by CalGEM for Plug and Abandonment, Idle Wells Fee Payment and Civil Penalties. The citadel did not comply with the Order on time. As a result, CalGEM has filed a court order to pay the civil penalty, comply with CalGEM’s previous plug and stop order, and suspend production until all violations have been resolved and the civil penalty has been paid.

  • E&B Natural Resource Ponds in the Fruitvale Oil Field: The eight previously identified wells that had a high-pressure accumulation inside the well, including one that also had a methane leak, have been repaired. Post-repair inspections do not show methane leaks and low pressure


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