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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 424

BLM Bakersfield Field Office briefs Energy Academy students in Bakersfield

Members of the Minerals and Resources staffs from the BLM's Bakersfield Field Office met recently with 75 sophomores and juniors at the brand new Independence High School in Bakersfield.  Teacher Kim Woolf hosted the sessions, with students enrolled in the school's Energy Academy. (more text below)

Two men and a woman address students in a classroom
BLM Bakersfield staff making the presentation (from left): botanist Denis Kearns, realty specialist Nora DeDios and field office oil and gas program lead Jeff Prude.

The staff member discussed both conventional and alternative energy on BLM land – including the advantages and disadvantages of different types of energy, from nuclear to oil and gas and solar.  the discussion included impacts on the environment and the economics of each type of development.

When the session was opened the floor for questions the students had many.  "Their questions related to  oil and gas, wind and nuclear energy, and the environmental side," said DeDios.  "Many of the students were taking notes."

The BLM staffers also provided the teacher with materials relating to energy, threatened and endangered species and the National Environmental Protection Act.

Many of the students in the classroom raise their hands high
Students had many questions.

- BLM Bakersfield Field Office staff, March 2010

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 424

Last updated: 03-18-2010