Environment, Health and Safety

There are no shortcuts when it comes to safety. Matrix is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of safety and environmental safeguards in its operations.

Matrix works closely and collaboratively with all City, County and State agencies or departments to ensure compliance with regulations and to optimize operations that will minimize impact to properties that surround our leases.

We have developed close working relationships with all relevant local and State agencies:

  • LA County Fire Department to clear brush in the Sycamore Canyon of the Puente Hills Habitat
  • City of Whittier Public Works Department for annual / semi-annual production site inspections to ensure compliance with all permitted activity
  • The Gas Company on data relative to gas pipeline product quality to verify compliance with consumer standards
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District on emission quality controls
  • LA County Sanitation District for water disposal standards
  • State of California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources on inspections to maintain required standards of site quality and operations impact
  • The Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority on environmental mitigation projects on City owned land lease to Matrix

Restoring and Enhancing the Whittier Hills Preserve

A crucial aspect of the Oil Development Project partnership between Matrix Oil Corp. and the City of Whittier is both party’s ernest commitment to minimizing impacts of flora and fauna within the Preserve, and ultimately expanding and enhancing the habitat area as a whole. Accordingly, Matrix is committed to implementing a number of mitigation measures and other conditions which will be in effect throughout the life of the Project. Taken collectively, these measures will far outweigh any short-term, primarily temporary impacts within the Preserve.

All of Matrix’s drilling, construction and operations actiities will be contained within a 7 acre “Site” which is located in the La Canada Canyon in the western portion of the approximately 1,300 acre Preserve area owned by the City of Whittier. The Site sits in an area which is off-limits to hikers and other visitors and which is more than 1,500 feet away from, and not visible by residents in their homes in the area. The Site comprises less than 6-10ths of 1% acreage and less than 2-10ths of 1% of the total contiguous preserve area.

Matrix is developing plans and other procedures, all of which will be reviewed and approved bgy the City and the Habitat Authority, as that will restrict its operations in order to meet the objective of minimizing impacts to the native plants and wildlife in the Preserve. Traffic, noise, lighting, odor, and activity standards and limitations are beng put in writing and will be strictly observed by Matrix’s employees and contractors and will be monitored by the City and its agents. These measures include limits on daily vehicle traffic, hours of operation (primarily during daylight only) and implementation of biological resources training for all workers on the project. Special protections are also in place for sensitive and endangered species and special-status birds.

Matrix has committed to the following major Preserve restoration and enhancement projects which will materially improve the quality of the habitat and protect the animals and birds who make it their home:

  • Restore a minimum of 44 acres of habitat in La Canada Verde and Arroyo Pescadero watersheds natvie plant communitites. In addition, re-vegetate approximately 25 acres around the western end of the existing Colim tunnel. the estimated cost for these activities is in the range of several million dollars and will be ongoing throughout the life of the Project.
  • Provide funding to the Habitat Authority to conduct a multi-year bobcat study to better understand and manage wildlife movement conflicts and issues within the Preserve. This study has already begun and the total cost is estimated at $600,000.
  • Monitor noise attenuation for sensate habitats (gnatcatchers, raptors, etc.) by installing permanent noise meters during construction and drilling activities. Design and construct facilities to minimize noise projected to adjacent open space, and utilize hybrid vehicles where feasible.
  • Provide funding to study feasibility of the construction of an additional underpass or overpass north of the existing tunnel under Colima Road. If the study determines that such a passageway is feasilbe and will help the wildlife to be safer, Matrix will fund its construciton. The study is presently being conducted.
  • Fund substantial improvements to the North Access Road, which will allow trucks and vehicles towing trailers ingress and egress to the Project Site via Penn Street and through the City Landfill, thus further limiting traffic on Catalina and Mar Vista Streets. This project will be undertaken during the Phase II Construction period. Matrix will also fund substantial mitigation for impacts to native habitats and wildlife due to construction and noise impacts assocated with this project.
  • Upon commencement of Phase I of the Project, provide funding to the Habitat Authority for the following purposes and in the amounts indicated (increased annually with CPE index):
    • Management Fee of $84,000 per year.
    • Habitat Enhancement Fee of $100,000 per year.
    • Exotic Eradication Program Fee 0f $30,000 per year.
    • Mitigation Monitoring Fee of $50,000 per year.
  • In addition, Matrix has committed to fund the establishment of a Land Acquisition and Re-vegetation Fund of up to $15,000,000, to be generated from 1% of the gross proceeds from the sales of oil and gas. This is in addition to the minimum 30% royalty payable to the City under the Oil and Gas Lease. THis fund will be used to acquire more property for the Preserve or, if not possible, to make other improvements to the existing properties within the Preserve.
  • Finally, when oil operations have ceased, Matrix Oil will remove all facilities and other appearances related to its operations, and restore any areas disturbed within the Preserve to appropriate native habitats.