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Central California District
Release Date: 08/02/12
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146 or  
  Sky Murphy , (831) 630-5039  
News Release No. CC-12-72

BLM Extends Comment Period on Oil & Gas Lease Environmental Assessment

The Bureau of Land Management’s Hollister Field Office has extended the comment period for an environmental assessment for a proposed oil and gas lease auction scheduled for Dec. 12, 2012.  The public review and comment period has been extended from Aug. 6 to Aug.21, 2012.

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 Monterey, San Benito and Fresno counties.

The EA is available online at:, or contact Sky Murphy, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, at (831) 630-5039, or email

After the public comment period closes, the BLM’s Hollister Field Office may revise the EA based on substantive issues and concerns identified in public comments.  If the proposed lease sale moves forward, the BLM’s California State Office will post a notice 90 days prior to the lease auction.  A 30-day public protest period will begin the day the lease auction notice is posted.

Under an oil and gas leasing policy announced in 2010, interdisciplinary parcel review teams have been established in field offices to review lease sale parcels and ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and other legal and policy requirements. 

The effects of oil and gas exploration and development are analyzed generally in BLM’s EAs for proposed lease sales and then more specifically at the lease development (application to drill) stage. Using site-specific information provided in APD’s, the Hollister Field Office’s review team can identify best management practices including endangered species stipulations, no surface occupancy requirements, offsite mitigation and air quality mitigation measures.


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Last updated: 08-08-2012