Mineral Extraction in the Whittier Hills

The City of Whittier continues to actively research ways in which our assets can best be utilized for the betterment of our residents. Protecting our water rights, assuring the viability of our landfill, and maximizing our economic base are all a part of this effort.

The City awarded a mineral lease to extract water, natural gas, and oil from the sub-surface formations under 1,290 acres of land owned by the City to Matrix Oil Corporation in 2008 and recently extended the lease for an additional three years.  For the Matrix Public Relations, call (888) 576-4620.

The City has processed an Environmental Impact Report (click here), in conjunction with the amended conditional use permit application.

To find out more about the Mineral Extraction Project in the Whittier Hills, please click on the following documents.

 January 31, 2013 Approval of Test Site Vegetation Clearance

The City has authorized Matrix Oil to proceed with the clearing of site vegetation along access roads and the 1.99 – acre test drill site on January 30, 2013. This approval was granted upon Matrix complying with the 79 requirements laid out as part of the City’s approval of the project’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This approval authorizes Matrix to only remove vegetation – it does not permit site grading nor drilling activity at this point. Further, all clearance work is being monitored by biologists retained on behalf of the City to assure compliance with EIR mitigation measures. It is anticipated that clearance work will be completed within a week.

Click here to see the a copy of the City's letter approving the site clearing and the list of the requirements laid out as part of the project's CUP and EIR.
 

 07/08/2014 - Agenda Report - Mineral Extraction Permit Administration Subcommittee 
 05/13/14 - Agenda Report - Directorship and Subcommittee Appointments 
 04/22/14 - Agenda Report - Directorship and Subcommittee Appointments 
 04/15/14 - Agenda Report - Directorship and Subcommittee Appointments 
 10/22/13 - Agenda Report - Council MEFP Subcommittee extension 
 10/22/13 - Agenda Report - Mineral Extraction Financial Plan Subcommittee 
 08/15/13 - Agreement - City, MRCA, Matrix Oil and Clayton Williams 
 08/15/13 - Agreement - City, MRCA, SMMC, Matrix Oil and Clayton Williams 
 MRCA City Settlement Press Release 08-15-13 
 06/25/13 - Agenda Report - Council Sub-Committee Appointments 
 06/04/13 – Agenda Report – Study Session to Review Draft Oil Revenue Trust Document 
 06/04/13 – PowerPoint – Draft Oil Trust Document 
 05/14/13 - Agenda Report - Review of Draft Oil Revenue Trust Document 
 5/13/13 Phase 1 Grading Approval Letter 
 04/23/13 - Agenda Report - Directorships and Subcommittees 
 3/26/13 Mineral ExtractionTrust Presentation 
 03/26/13 - Agenda Report - Mineral Extraction Financial Plan Subcommittee Report 
 03/12/13 - Agenda Report - Mineral Extraction Financial Plan Subcommittee Report 
 12/11/12 - Agenda Report - Legal Services Agreement with Rutan & Tucker for Mineral Extraction Endowment 
 11/13/12 - Agenda Report - Mineral Extraction Financial Plan Subcommittee Report 
 08/28/12 - Agenda Report - Council Directorships and Subcommittees 
 08/28/12 - Agenda Report - Royalty Funding Agreement with Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority-Amendment 
 08/14/12 - Agenda Report - Royalty Funding Agreement with Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority 
 08/14/12 - Agenda Report - Whittier Main Oilfield Environmental Compliance Coordinator Selection 
 06/26/12 - Agenda Report - Consulting Agreement with Esther Feldman and Associates 
 06/19/12 - Agenda Report - Amendment and Partial Release of Declaration and Easement of Restricted Use with Chevron USA 
 06/12/12 - Agenda Report - Esther Feldman Agreement 
 05/22/12 - Agenda Report - PSOMAS Amendment No. 2 
 05/08/12 - Agenda Report - Matrix Oil Mineral Lease Amendment No. 2 
 05/08/12 - Agenda Report - Whittier Main Oil Field Development Project Land Acquisition 
 05/08/12 - Matrix Oil Mineral Lease Amendment No. 2 
 03/13/12 - Agenda Report - Whittier Main Oil Field Project CUP Resolution Correction 
 01/11/12 - PSOMAS Amendment No. 1 
 Notice of Determination 11-29-11 Whittier Main Oil Field Development Project
 City Council Resolution 8423 - Whittier Oil Field - FEIR 11-28-11 
 City Council Resolution 8424 - Whittier Oil Field CUP 11-28-11 
 City Council Resolution 8424 - Whittier Oil Field CUP Conditions of Approval 11-28-11 
 Conditional Use Permit - Conditions of Approval dated 11-28-11 redlined version 
 City Council Staff Report regarding Matrix Oil Project 11-26-11 Part 1 of 2 
 City Council Staff Report regarding Matrix Oil Project 11-26-11 Part 2 of 2 
 City Council Staff Report regarding Matrix Oil Project 11-15-11 
 City Council Staff Report regarding Matrix Oil Project 11-8-11 
 Notice of November 8, 2011 City Council Public Hearing 
 PC Reso 11-30 Whittier Oil Field EIR SOC 
 PC Resolution 11-31 Whittier Oil Field Matrix CUP 09-004 
 Matrix Staff Report 10-19-11 with Revisions to Attachment A 
 Special Meeting Notice of the Planning Commission 
 09/07/11 - PSOMAS Professional Agreement 
 Community Conservation Solutions presentation to the City Council on 7-26-11 
 Legal Analysis of Drilling Rights Related to Proposition A, presented to the City Council on 7-26-11 
 Proposition A Consistency Report prepared by Community Conservation Solutions, presented to the City Council on 7-26-11 
 6-30-11 DEIR Public Workshop Presentation 
 Public NOA of the DEIR for the Whittier Main Oil Field Project 
 Notificacion Publica para el Impacto Medioambiental (DEIR) de Extraccion de Minerales 
 5-05-11 Refined Consolidated Site 
 4-25-11 Notice of Preparation and Public Scoping Meetings 
 4-20-11 Notice of Preparation and Scoping Document for an Environmental Impact Report 
 4-12-11 Lease - Amended 
 4-12-11 Lease Extension Staff Report Only 
 4-05-11 Revised CUP Application 
 10/07/10 - Public Comments Period - Publice Notice of the Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Report 
 08/06/10 - Frequently Asked Questions About Drilling for Oil in Whittier 
 06/22/10 - Agenda Report - Marine Research Specialists Socio-Economic Study Agreement Modification 
 05/25/10 - Agenda Report - Community Conservancy International (CCI) Agreement Amendment 
 05/25/10 - Agenda Report - Esther Feldman & Associates Consulting Agreement 
 04/27/10 - Agenda Report - Marine Research Specialists Agreement Modification 
 01/20/10 - Notice of Preparation and Scoping Document for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Whittier Main Oil Field Development Project
 09/02/09 - Community Conservation Solutions (CCS) Agreement 
 04/29/09 – Wall Street Journal News Article 
 04/29/09 – Whittier Daily News Article on Matrix submitting CUP application to City 
 04/22/09 – Mineral Extraction in the Whittier Hills - Friendly Hills Property Owners Association - Presentation 
 10/28/08 - Agenda Report - Award of Mineral Extraction Lease 
 10/28/08 - Agenda Report – Award to Bid to Matrix and Whittier Main 2008 Mineral Extraction Lease 
 10/28/08 - Long Form Lease 
 10/28/08 - Short Form Lease 
 08/26/08 - Agenda Report - Whittier Main 2008 Mineral Extraction Lease 
 08/26/08 - Resolution 8155 - Intention to lease property for production of oil, gas and other hydrocarbons