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Historic oil field in rural north county

The project is in a rural area near other oil fields and ranchlands southeast of Santa Maria. The field produced oil for nearly 100 years before being decommissioned in the 1990s.

“I own a ranch directly across from the East Cat Canyon project.  Aera has been a very responsible neighbor, open in communicating about the project, attentive to my concerns and always ready to help. I strongly support this project.”

Rebecca Gowing
Cat Canyon Rancher

Fast facts:

  • The project will include 141 wells for oil production, and a similar number for steam injection , observation and other uses. Also included is a new natural gas pipeline and electrical line.
  • 94% of the project site will be unchanged or permanently preserved.
  • A 500-acre Conservation Area will be dedicated to protect wildlife and woodland habitat to and provide for outdoor recreation and environmental education.
  • No fresh water will be used for oil production.
  • Safety systems will be required to protect surface and groundwater.
  • No hydraulic fracturing will be used
  • The County’s Air Pollution Control District found that the project would not cause any ambient air quality standards to be exceeded.
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will meet all state and county requirements. This includes local offsets such as solar panels for project buildings, carbon farming and purchasing electric shuttle buses for community groups.
  • The truck fleet will be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) engines with nearly 80% fewer smog-forming emissions than diesel.


“We are proud to be associated with a project that will generate locally produced energy, at a facility built by local labor, that will create local jobs going forward.”

Michael Lopez, Business Manager
Local Union 114, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters


…New Tax Money For Vital Public Services

“Aera will become one of the largest property taxpayers in Santa Barbara County. That’s new tax money that can be used to fund vital services like public safety and education.”

Neil Gowing, President
Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs Association


$1.3 Billion in New Economic Activity

“Small businesses like mine will really be helped by the more than $1 billion in economic activity
generated by Aera’s project.”

Alberto Ugalde, Owner
Landmark Barbers Shaving Parlor and Lounge


Aera Energy LLCEast Cat Canyon Project Team
P.O. Box 5639, Santa Maria, CA 93456-5639(805) 361-8800 / Contact us
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