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At its regular meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018, the La Habra Heights City Council will consider authorizing City staff to hire an oil and gas consultant. The consultant is needed to assist City staff in reviewing Matrix Oil Corporation’s applications for drilling/redrilling permits to the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, or “DOGGR.” DOGGR is a division of the State Department of Conservation, and is responsible for overseeing the drilling, operation, maintenance, and plugging and abandonment of oil, natural gas, and geothermal wells.
Matrix Oil Corporation owns and operates all existing wells within the City of La Habra Heights plus those just east of the city’s boundary in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The City overlies a portion of the Sansinena Oil Field. The purpose of hiring the consultant will be to assist the City in negotiating and preparing a “Community Benefits Agreement” with Matrix Oil Corporation that will define the activities within the City and set forth the benefits that Matrix Oil Corporation will provide to the community in exchange.
Matrix Oil Corporation has agreed to pay for the City’s costs, including its consultant costs, related to negotiating the potential agreement.