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Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission


The Committee designated to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification for the ELK HILLS POWER PROJECT will hold an INFORMATIONAL HEARING and SITE VISIT as follows:

MONDAY, JULY 12, 1999
Beginning at 4 p.m
Valley Acres Recreation Building
27554 Maple Street
(Maple Street & Orange Street Intersection)
Valley Acres, California

The Informational Hearing will convene at 4 p.m. and then recess to allow for a Site Visit during daylight hours. Bus transportation to the site will leave from the hearing location at 4:30 p.m. Following the Site Visit, the buses will return to the hearing location, and the Informational Hearing will reconvene at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are invited to attend this event, or any portion of this event, and question the Applicant and Energy Commission staff concerning the project. The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, will be present to assist interested individuals or organizations and to provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or email:

Project Description

The facility is to be located on approximately 12 acres roughly in the center of the 74 square mile Elk Hills Oil and Gas Field (formerly Naval Petroleum Preserve Number 2). The site is near the intersection of Elk Hills and Skyline Roads, in the County of Kern, approximately 25 miles west of Bakersfield. Electric energy produced from the proposed power plant will be sold to California's regional power pool and other electricity customers.

The applicant has proposed a nominal 500 MW combined-cycle facility using two natural gas turbine generators equipped with dry low NOx combustors, two heat recovery steam generators and exhaust stacks, and one steam turbine. Steam from the project will be used for power generation only; not for oil field production. Air pollutants in the gas turbine exhaust will be controlled using selective catalytic reduction technology involving anhydrous ammonia in conjunction with a catalyst bed to reduce oxides of nitrogen.

Linear electric facilities associated with the project include: a new 9-mile long bundled 230 kilovolt (kV) double circuit electric transmission line that will be built to interconnect with either the Wheeler Ridge-Midway transmission line (via a new 230 kV substation on Elk Hills' property), or directly to Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Midway Substation located about 9 miles north of the site and east of the town of Buttonwillow; a new 2,500-foot, 10-inch natural gas supply pipeline will deliver fuel produced from Elk Hills Oil and Gas Field operated by Occidental of Elk Hills, Incorporated; a new 1-mile, 16 inch diameter supply pipeline that would deliver water from the West Kern Water District; and a new 4.5-mile waste water pipeline to new injection wells on Elk Hills' property.

Purpose of the Informational Hearing

Licensing of the electric generating plant and related facilities, such as the transmission line and natural gas pipeline, is under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction. The power plant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. This process provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Commission staff, interested parties, governmental agencies, landowners, and members of the general public to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to propose changes or alternatives to the project as necessary.

At the Informational Hearing, landowners, members of the general public, and representatives of governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and to offer comments on the application. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and their role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss proposed schedules and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.


After gathering at the hearing location, the Applicant will host a visit to the project site. Transportation will be provided from the hearing location. Landowners, members of the general public, and governmental agencies are invited to participate in this tour. Persons planning to go to the Site Visit should so notify Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or email no later than Thursday, July 8, 1999.


In order to assist participants in understanding the project, Staff is directed to prepare and serve, upon those listed on the Proof of Service List, a written statement summarizing the potential major issues in this case no later than Friday, July 2, 1999. Copies of the Staff statement may be obtained by calling Sharee Knight, Project Secretary, at (916) 654-4184. The Staff statement will also be available on the Commission's Internet home page at:

Members of the public may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free in California, at (800) 822-6228 or email: Please contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5005 if you require special accommodation to participate at this meeting.

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Marc Pryor, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 653-0159 or email at:

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Gary Fay, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or email at:

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or email at:

Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at:

Dated: June 28, 1999


DAVID A. ROHY, Ph.D., Vice Chairman
Presiding Member
Elk Hills AFC Committee

MICHAL C. MOORE, Commissioner
Associate Member
Elk Hills AFC Committee

Mailed to: Interested Parties, Proof of Service List

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