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Central California District
Release Date: 07/06/11
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
  Nora DeDios , 661-391-6129  
News Release No. CA-CC-11-71

BLM Announces Availability of Oil & Gas Lease Auction Environmental Assessment

The Bureau of Land Management has completed the environmental assessment (EA) for the oil and gas lease auction scheduled for December 14.  A 30-day public review and comment period runs through August 5.

The EA was prepared to analyze the environmental impacts of leasing the mineral estate for oil and gas exploration and development.  The lands considered for competitive lease auction are located in Kern County.

Shortly after the comment period closes, the BLM will consider public comments and then issue a decision.

To ensure compliance with the environmental laws and provide protection for threatened, endangered, and other special status species and their habitat, all lands considered for competitive lease are subject to “Limited Surface Use Protected and Sensitive Species” special stipulations.

The EA is available online at:, or contact Nora DeDios at (661) 391-6129, or email

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 07-07-2011