Clearwater Oil Company, Ltd.
Big Bear Lease No. 2 Production Facility
SAMPLE Spill Prevention, Control, and
Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan
Wells A and B produce crude oil, produced water (saltwater), and small amounts of natural gas. The oil and water are produced through the tubing, while the natural gas is produced through the casing. Well liquids are then routed via 2-inch steel flowlines to the gun barrel tank for separation, while the gas is sent to a flare. Produced saltwater is routed from the gun barrel to the 500-bbl saltwater storage tank first, then is pumped through flowlines to the saltwater disposal well where it is injected. The disposal well is located approximately 2,000 ft to the west of the tank battery. The crude oil is sent to the three 400-bbl (16,800-gallon) oil storage tanks.
Crude oil from the lease is purchased by Clearwater’s crude oil purchaser and transported from the facility by the purchaser’s tanker truck. Although daily well production rates may vary, enough crude is produced and stored for approximately one 180-bbl (7,560-gallon) load of oil to be picked up weekly by the transporter. The largest tanker truck visiting the facility has a total capacity of 210 bbl (8,820 gallons). Tanker trucks come to the facility only to transfer crude oil and do not remain at the facility. All transfer operations are attended by the trucker or by field operations personnel and meet the minimum requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. Appendix B to this Plan summarizes the Tank Truck Loading Procedure at this facility.
Produced saltwater is pumped via transfer pumps from the saltwater tank to the saltwater disposal well, located approximately 2,000 feet west of the facility, by 2-inch PVC flowlines (FLSW). The disposal well meets all requirements of the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program (40 CFR parts 144-148).
1.6Proximity to Navigable Waters
The facility is located within the Mines River watershed, approximately half a mile to the west of Big Bear Creek, and six miles North of the Mines River. The wells and tank battery are situated on relatively level ground that slopes in a general southeastern direction. The site plan in Figure A-1 in Appendix A shows the location of the facility relative to nearby waterways. The facility diagram included in Figure A-2 in Appendix A indicates the general direction of drainage. In the event of an uncontrolled discharge from the wells, flowlines, or the tank battery areas, oil would follow the natural topography of the site and flow into Big Bear Creek. Big Bear Creek meets with the Mines River to the south just before the town of Madison. The River then flows in a general easterly direction following Route 101.
1.7Conformance with Applicable State and Local Requirements [112.7(j)]
The SPCC regulation at 40 CFR part 112 is more stringent than requirements from the state of Louisiana for this type of facility. This SPCC Plan was written to conform with 40 CFR part 112 requirements. The facility thereby conforms with general requirements for oil pollution facilities in Louisiana. All discharge notifications are made in compliance with local, state, and federal requirements.
Version 1.0, 11/28/2005