Notice of violation issued against Chevron after 19,000 barrels of oil and water released at Cymric Oil Field

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A state agency has ordered Chevron to stop the flow from surface oil seeps at Cymric Oil Field and provide data covering the past 24 months after a total of 798,000 gallons of oil and water were released on three incidents since May 10 as a result of a steam injection operation.

There are no reported injuries or threats to drinking water, according to the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). The spill occurred about 3.5 miles from McKittrick.

The agency on July 12 issued a notice of violation and ordered Chevron to do the following:

  • Immediately take all measures necessary to stop any seepage from surface expressions and prevent any new surface expressions near the current one.
  • Within 10 days, engage in a technical meeting with DOGGR staff to provide data about the Cymric oil field subsurface with the goal of establishing programs and protocols to prevent future expressions.
  • Submit data to validate the initial root-cause analysis of the surface expression Chevron performed and presented to DOGGR on June 20.

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