California Resources Corporation (CRC) works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, universities and non-profit organizations like the Wildlife Habitat Council to promote habitat conservation and biodiversity. We actively support and promote research on native flora and fauna in our operating locations, minimize disruption of those species, and conserve and restore habitat. By implementing improved and enhanced recovery techniques in mature oil and gas fields and applying directional and multi-pad drilling technologies and well stimulation, we extend the productivity of existing infrastructure and reduce the surface area needed for oil and gas production. These approaches enable us to complete several wells from a single drilling site, minimizing the footprint of oil and gas development. As a result, we preserve significant natural habitat that would otherwise be lost due to more intensive surface uses such as residential, commercial or industrial development.
Shortly after acquiring our flagship Elk Hills Field in Kern County from the U.S. Government in 1998, we established a Habitat Conservation Area of more than 8,000 acres to protect threatened and endangered species and their habitat that is overseen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and to preserve Native American cultural resources. Elk Hills is home to the San Joaquin kit fox, Blunt-nosed leopard lizard, Giant kangaroo rat, Tipton kangaroo rat, San Joaquin antelope squirrel, Western burrowing owl and several native plant species which we are committed to protecting. In fact, the Wildlife Habitat Council has certified the Elk Hills Conservation Area for our proactive environmental management. In 2016, CRC received a 50-year state permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that will preserve an additional 17,500 acres of habitat in perpetuity. At full field development, the 25,500-acre conservation area will be 160 times larger than Disneyland and will occupy more than half the surface area of the Elk Hills Field.
The Wildlife Habitat Council has also certified our coastal habitat conservation programs at the four THUMS oil production islands in Long Beach Harbor and the Huntington Beach Field. CRC received the Council’s 2016 Landscaping Project Award for the THUMS islands, which provide both an excellent habitat for native coastal species and an educational opportunity for schools, scouting groups and other community members. In 2016, CRC and three environmental organizations published a free, interactive app for the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach to inform visitors about the ecology and history of this unique coastal wetland and help to identify the plant and animal species that thrive in the Bolsa Chica. We actively support other conservation organizations, such as the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, the Nature Conservancy’s water management efforts in Sacramento County, and the Wind Wolves Preserve in Kern County.