Oil and Gas

Steam injection operation

Steam Injection Operations at Midway-Sunset Oilfield near Taft.

The BLM manages 15.2 million acres of surface and 47 million acres of  mineral estate in California. Every day more than 500,000 barrels of oil are produced in California.  As a state, California is the fourth largest oil producer; only Alaska, Texas, and Louisiana produce more.

Considering BLM administered leases nationwide, California BLM is the fourth largest producer.

Some of the highest producing federal onshore leases are in California.

Most oil and gas leasing and development on public lands occur in the San Joaquin Valley of central California, on lands managed by the BLM's Bakersfield Field Office.  At 4,000-4,500 BPD, Chevron’s Section 22-G Lease in the Midway Sunset Field and USL Lease at Lost Hills are two of the highest producing onshore federal leases in the lower 48 states.

BLM typically holds quarterly lease sales offering public land mineral resources that may be of interest to industry for future exploration.

For more information on the Oil and Gas regulations for California go to California Department of Conservation.

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Quick Facts

  • 15.0 million barrels of oil produced annually
  • 7.0 billion cubic feet of natural gas produced annually
  • 565 leases on 217,313 acres
  • $176.4 million in royalties