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Oil Production, as defined in Chapter 18.36 (Types of Uses), including abandonment of wells, is subject to the provisions of Chapter 17.12 (Oil Drilling and Production Regulations) of the Anaheim Municipal Code, and to the following additional provisions. If any regulations contained in this section are inconsistent with any regulations in Chapter 17.12, the more restrictive regulations shall apply.
.010 Maximum Drill Site Area. No drill site shall be larger than two and one-half (2.5) acres, or be of such size or shape that it cannot be contained within a three hundred thirty (330) by three hundred thirty (330) square foot rectangle.
.020 Maximum Number of Wells. The number of wells that may be drilled shall not exceed one (1) well to each five (5) acres in the leased area.
.030 Minimum Distance Between Drill Sites. The minimum distance between drill sites shall be one thousand three hundred twenty (1,320) feet. For the purpose of this subsection, the drill site for an oil well existing on December 1, 1965, shall be deemed to be all of the area within one hundred (100) feet from the center of the oil well.
.040 Minimum Distance Between Drill Sites and Dwellings or Other Structures. No oil well shall be drilled within one hundred fifty (150) feet of any dwelling, nor shall any dwelling be constructed within one hundred fifty (150) feet of any oil well.
.050 Permitted Hours of Operation for Oil Wells Located Near Dwellings and Other Structures. Any site preparation, drilling or operation of any oil well shall be conducted only between the hours of seven a.m. and seven p.m., if at the time of application for a permit to drill, any of the following conditions exist:
.0501 Twenty-five (25) or more dwellings are located within one thousand three hundred twenty (1,320) feet of the proposed well; or
.0502 Six (6) or more dwellings are located within six hundred sixty (660) feet of the proposed well; or
.0503 Any legally established structure used for housing of mentally or physically ill or aged persons, having five (5) or more beds, is located within six hundred sixty (660) feet of the proposed well.
.060 Site Development Standards.
.0601 Roads and Excavations. Roads and other excavations shall be planned, constructed and maintained so as to provide stability of fill, minimize disfigurement of the landscape, maintain natural drainage, and minimize erosion.
.0602 Cut and Fill Slopes. No slope or cut or fill shall have a gradient steeper than one (1) foot rise in one (1) foot horizontal measurement. If it is impractical to provide such gradient, due to the soil condition, the condition of the terrain, or the size or length of the cut and fill required, a steeper gradient may be approved in connection with the conditional use permit, if it is determined that compliance with the requirement is impractical and that the integrity of the neighborhood will be maintained.
.0603 Enclosure of Drill Sites Required. Prior to commencing drilling operations, the drill site shall be enclosed by a minimum eight (8) foot high solid redwood fence or solid masonry wall, as measured from the highest adjacent grade, except on those sides where a natural or artificial barrier of equal or greater solidity and height exists. Solid redwood board gates shall be installed and equipped with keyed locks, and shall be kept locked at all times when the drill site is unattended. Any and all supporting members of the fence shall be on the interior side of said fence. Following installation, the fence or wall shall thereafter be properly maintained.
.0604 Landscaping Requirements.
.01 All excavated slopes, both cut and fill, shall be planted and maintained with grasses, plants and/or shrubs during drilling and production operations to an extent reasonably comparable with the general status of undisturbed surfaces in the vicinity.
.02 Shrubs shall be planted and maintained along the exterior of the required fence or wall enclosing the drill site. This requirement shall not be construed to limit or prohibit additional site beautification by landscaping or other planting.
.0605 Off-Street Parking Required. An off-street parking area containing not less than five (5) spaces shall be provided for each well being drilled, and shall be surfaced and maintained in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 18.42 (Parking and Loading) of this title.
.0606 Signs Permitted. No sign that is visible from outside the drill site shall be permitted or allowed to remain any place on the drill site, except for signs required by law, warning signs and/or “no trespassing” signs.
.0607 Pipelines. All off-site pipelines serving the drill site shall be underground.
.0608 Sanitary Facilities. Sanitary facilities shall be provided at the drill site and shall be in accordance with the standards of the Orange County Health Department.
.070 Drilling Standards. The following standards shall apply if, at the time of application for a permit, as required by Chapter 17.12 (Oil Drilling and Production Regulations), any of the conditions described in subsection 18.38.180.050 (Permitted Hours of Operation for Oil Wells Located Near Dwellings and Other Structures) of this section exist.
.0701 Soundproofing. Any derrick and all drilling machinery that produces noise shall be enclosed with soundproofing material, which shall be maintained in a clean and serviceable condition.
.0702 Lights. All lights shall be directed or shielded so as to confine direct rays to the drill site.
.0703 Delivery of Equipment. The delivery or removal of equipment or material from a drill site shall be limited to the hours between seven a.m. and seven p.m., except in case of emergency.
.0704 Drill Pipe Storage. No drill pipe shall be racked and made up, except between the hours of seven a.m. and seven p.m., except within the derrick.
.0705 Power Sources. All power sources shall be electric motors or muffled internal combustion engines.
.080 Production Operation Standards.
.0801 Underground Installation of Well-Head Equipment Required. All well-head equipment shall be installed in cellars, and no portion of such equipment shall project above the surface of the surrounding ground.
.0802 Motive Power Location and Soundproofing Requirements. Motive power for production operations shall be located on the drill site, and shall be completely enclosed in a building or buildings insulated with sound-deadening materials. Such buildings shall be of residential appearance, and no portion thereof shall exceed sixteen (16) feet in height.
.0803 Maximum Storage Tank Capacity. The capacity of storage tanks at a drill site shall not exceed a total aggregate capacity of two thousand (2,000) barrels, excluding processing equipment.
.0804 Well Servicing. No well servicing shall be performed, except between the hours of seven a.m. and seven p.m., if at the time of well servicing or maintenance any of the conditions described in subsection 18.38.180.050 (Permitted Hours of Operation for Oil Wells Located Near Dwellings and Other Structures) of this section exist, except in case of emergency.
.0805 Oil Removal. Oil produced at the drill site shall be removed therefrom by an underground pipeline or pipelines. Such pipeline or pipelines shall be constructed within one hundred eighty (180) days after the date the first well in the drill site is completed.
.0806 Equipment Storage. No material, machinery or vehicle, which is not for immediate use or servicing of an installation, shall be stored on the drill site.
.0807 Site and Installation Maintenance. The drill site and all permanent installations shall be maintained in a neat, clean and orderly condition, and all surfaces of permanent installations within the drill site shall be painted and maintained in a neat and orderly manner.
.0808 Height of Installation. Except as otherwise specifically permitted herein, no permanent installation at the drill site shall project more than eight (8) feet above the surface of the surrounding ground.
.0809 Gas Burning. Natural gas shall not be vented to the atmosphere, nor burned by open flare. (Ord. 5920 § 1 (part); June 8, 2004.)