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.