Project Title: SoCal Gas Line 80 Abandonment Demolition and Reclamation Plan
Case Number: 
18DRP-00000-0002 & 18CDP-00000-00068 071-200-011, -008, -017, 071-210-001, 073-450-001, and 073-130-001
Project Location:
Assigned Staff and Division:

Katie NallEnergy, Minerals and Compliance  Division 


Status

The County reviewed the proposed project application and found it to be complete for further processing on November 24, 2020. The project is subject to environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); therefore the County has prepared an environmental document in accordance with CEQA and the Santa Barbara County Guidelines for Implementation of CEQA. 


Description

The project will remove and abandon portions of SoCal Gas Company's Line 80.  The portions of Line 80 that are proposed to be abandoned in place or removed are located adjacent to an existing bike path, east of Sandspit Road, extend south, under Tecolotito Creek/Goleta Slough, then west under Sandspit Road, traverse through the Goleta Beach County Park, westward, under SR 217, and terminate at an existing paved SoCalGas facility, east of Mesa Road. The project is made up of four segments along Line 80; Segments 1 and 3 include above and below ground pipeline removal and Segments 2 and 4 include below ground pipeline abandonment.

  • Segment 1 includes above-ground removal of Line 80 and associated supports (approximately 23 supports) near the bank of Tecolito Creek (505 linear feet; support structure depth is approximately 7.0 feet), and removal and replacement of the existing Line 159 creosote-coated span support. The replacement support would extend less than two feet above the ground surface and would be drilled to a depth of 40 feet below ground approximately 10 feet from the creek bank.
  • Segment 2 of pipeline runs under the Tecolotito Creek/Goleta Slough and State Route 217 (SR 217) and would be abandoned in place. After removing residual hydrocarbons and filling the pipe with 37 cubic feet of grout (130 linear feet; depth is approximately between 2.0 and 5.0 feet), plates would be placed over the open ends of the abandoned pipeline.
  • Segment 3 will include excavation and removal of underground pipeline south of Tecolotito Creek/Goleta Slough, through Goleta Beach County Park, and up to the eastern boundary of the bike path parallel to SR 217 (1,565 linear feet; depth is approximately between 2.0 and 5.0 feet).
  • Segment 4 which runs to the eastern wall of an existing paved SoCalGas facility, is proposed to be abandoned in place and filled with 322 cubic feet of grout (1,141 linear feet; depth is approximately between 2.0 and 5.0 feet).

In total, approximately 2,000 linear feet of pipeline is to be removed and approximately 1,300 linear feet of pipeline is proposed to be abandoned in place. Segments 1 and 2 are in the California Coastal Commission (CCC) Permit Jurisdiction. Segments 3 and 4 are in the California Coastal Commission Appeal Jurisdiction. The portion of pipeline that is to be abandoned in place under SR 217 is under the City of Santa Barbara's jurisdiction but administered by the CCC and Caltrans. Lastly, the terminus on UCSB is under University of California Regents/UCSB jurisdiction. A total of 2.11 acres (91,900 square feet) of disturbance is proposed for the work areas and access routes/ramps. Grading will include approximately 2,768.5 cubic yards (CY) of cut and approximately 2,959.5 CY of fill. No trees are proposed for removal.


Timeline

May 19, 2021: County Planning and Development submitted a Notice of Availability to the State Clearing House which initiated a 30-day public comment period on May 19, 2021.

November 24, 2020: County Planning and Development determined SoCal Gas' application for an Abandonment Demolition and Reclamation Plan and Coastal Development Permit to be complete.

October 27, 2020: SoCal Gas submitted an application for the abandonment and removal of portions of existing Line 80.


Documents

CEQA Materials

Notice of Availability – May 19, 2021

Permit Application Materials

Permit Application Package


Additional Information

If you have any comments or questions, please contact the project planner Katie Nall via email (nallk@countyofsb.org).