California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

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The California Environmental Quality Act generally requires state and local government agencies, including the Commission, to inform decision-makers and the public about the potentially significant environmental effects of a proposed project, ways to minimize those effects, and to indicate alternatives to the project. If a project subject to CEQA will not result in potentially significant adverse effects to the environment, the Commission may adopt a document known as a Negative Declaration or a Mitigated Negative Declaration. If the project may cause adverse environmental effects, the Commission will prepare a more detailed informational document called an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). An EIR contains information on potential effects, measures to mitigate those effects, and an analysis of alternatives to the project. A key feature of the CEQA review process is the opportunity for the public to provide input on Negative Declarations, Mitigated Negative Declarations, and EIRs.

Completed Documents by Geographical Area

Statewide (sovereign lands)

San Francisco Bay / Delta (sovereign lands)

  • Coscol Petroleum Corporation Marine Terminal Deconstruction and Pipeline Abandonment – MND (5/09)
  • Chevron Richmond Long Wharf Marine Terminal – Final EIR (3/07)
  • PG&E Line 57C Pipeline Reliability Project – MND (4/06)
  • Shore Terminals, LLC, Marine Oil Terminal Lease Renewal (Plains Martinez) – Final EIR (4/05)
  • SFPP Concord to Sacramento Petroleum Products Pipeline – Final EIR (10/03)
  • Rio Vista Natural Gas Pipeline Project – MND (8/02)

Coastal San Mateo County south to San Luis Obispo County (sovereign lands)

  • PG & E Central Coastal California Seismic Imaging Project – Final EIR (8/12)
  • Monterey Accelerated Research System Cabled Observatory Project – Final EIR/EIS (8/05)

Coastal Santa Barbara County south (sovereign lands)

  • Venoco Platform Holly Power Cable Replacement Project – MND (11/12)
  • Chevron El Segundo Marine Terminal Lease Renewal – Final EIR (11/10)
  • Venoco Ellwood Marine (EMT) Lease Renewal – Final EIR (4/09)
  • AT&T Asia America Gateway Project (AAG) – Final EIR (2/09)
  • BHP Billiton Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port – Final EIR (3/07)
  • ExxonMobil Seacliff Pier Complex Decommissioning Program – ND (7/05)
  • Revised PRC 421 Pier Removal Project (Bird Island) – Final EIR (5/04)
  • Line 1228 Relocation Project (Bolsa Chica) – MND (4/04)
  • Mandalay Marine Terminal Decommissioning Program Amendment to the Approved Execution Plan – MND (2/04)
  • Bolsa Chica Lowlands Restoration Project – Final EIR (4/01)

School Lands

  • AT&T Fiber Optic Cable Replacement Project, Victorville, CA – MND (8/08)
  • North Baja Pipeline Expansion Project – Final EIR (6/07)
  • El Paso Line 1903 Pipeline Conversion Project – Final EIR/EA (4/05)
  • Kern River 2003 Expansion Project – Final EIR/EIS (6/02)

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APTR = Analysis of Impacts to Public Trust Resources and Values
CEQA = California Environmental Quality Act
EA = Environmental Assessment
EIR = Environmental Impact Report
EIS = Environmental Impact Statement
FONSI = Finding of No Significant Impact
IS = Initial Study
MND = Mitigated Negative Declaration
ND = Negative Declaration
NEPA = National Environmental Policy Act
NOI = Notice of Intent
NOP = Notice of Preparation


Electronic copies of CEQA documents prior to 2010 may be requested from:

Nicole Dobroski, Chief
Environmental Science, Planning, and Management Division