The former Guadalupe Oil Field is rich in biological and cultural resources. During the remediation project, a key challenge is to eliminate potential risks to the public and environment while protecting sensitive habitats and cultural treasures.

The former Guadalupe Oil Field occupies more than 2,700 acres of the larger Guadalupe-Nipomo Dune Complex. It is home to numerous threatened and endangered plants and animal species, as well as many species of special concern. (See Sensitive Species brochure)
In all, 8 different habitats have been identified as shown in the Habitat Types figure. Extensive surveys have been conducted, and more than 250 plant species, 30 fish species, 150 invertebrate species and 275 species of terrestrial wildlife have been identified as either being on site, or possibly present at the site. Of those plants and animals confirmed on site, 14 plants, 1 fish, 1 amphibian, 3 reptiles and 17 birds are considered special status for either listing or proposed for listing by either State or federal agencies as being threatened or endangered.

As we continue to design, permit and carry out our cleanup of the former Guadalupe Oil Field, we take our responsibility to protect these species and special habitats very seriously. We have, and will continue, to work closely with regulatory, environmental and community representatives to preserve this very precious resource while we fulfill our commitment to the environment and the future.