Oil and gas operations in California have so far not been impacted by this season's troublesome wildfires and preventive power shutoffs.
"California Resources Corp. [CRC] doesn't have any wells shut-in from the recent Southern California fires, although we have some operations in Ventura County that have been subject to public safety power shutoffs [PSPS]," said spokesperson Margita Thompson for the state's largest producer.
Don Drysdale, a spokesperson for the state Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), said he had heard of some "minor damage" at the geothermal energy field at the Geysers in Northern California from the still-raging Kincade Fire. Earlier in the month, there was burning on parts of the 3,200-acre Aliso Canyon underground gas storage field north of Los Angeles.
Both Aliso Canyon and a second Southern California Gas Co. storage field in Newhall, CA, were impacted by the Saddleridge Fire, Drysdale said. A more recent Southern California blaze, the Tick Fire, has avoided any oilfields, he said, "although an unnamed fire has burned parts of the Del Valle oilfield [in Los Angeles County]."
"The Getty Fire is about one mile north of what is called the Sawtelle drill site [an urban producing site] and about a half-mile south of the mandatory evacuation area, but there are a lot of homes being protected between it and the fire," Drysdale said.
Kevin Slagle, a spokesperson for the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), said WSPA is not aware of any oil and gas operational impacts due to the fires.
Separately, as PG&E was reporting another upcoming PSPS and instances in the East San Francisco Bay area of its equipment perhaps being responsible for additional small blazes in the suburb of Lafeyette, CA, the governor and regulators were questioning the giant combination utility's ability to manage the preventive shutoffs.
Once again on Tuesday, PG&E rolled out plans for a PSPS lasting through Wednesday affecting up to 600,000 customers in the Northern and Southern Sierra, North Bay, Santa Cruz mountains, North Coast and Kern County, including 30 counties and most of the utility service area.
From the controversial PSPS late last week and over the weekend, PG&E said 556,400 customers had been restored from the 970,000 who went without power as of Tuesday.
In two reports to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), PG&E reported two fire-related incidents in the East Bay suburbs within 65 minutes of one another, both of which appear to involve utility infrastructure at the time the respective small fires ignited, including wires and a transformer.