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BLM California Oil and Gas Strategy


The BLM’s comprehensive strategy for the federal oil and gas program in California incorporates information from the Independent Science Review by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST); provides internal guidance for processing of applications for permits to drill and sundry notices; and provides the results from public scoping on oil and gas development in the Hollister Field Office. 

Science

The CCST report-- Advanced Well Stimulation Technologies in California: An Independent Review of Scientific and Technical Information --was commissioned by the BLM in September 2013. The BLM requested a rigorous, independent expert assessment in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the best available science and potential impacts of using well stimulation technology in the unique geology of California. Information from the independent science review will be incorporated into future oil and gas lease sales and permitting statewide. The work is being coordinated with the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Department of Conservation, which is implementing a similar effort directed by California Senate Bill 4 (SB 4). 

Public Input

BLM has published the results from public scoping for oil and gas development for the Hollister Field Office’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment. During the scoping process, the BLM received more than 130 public comments, the majority of which expressed concerns about potential groundwater pollution and the amount of water used in oil and gas production. Other concerns included air quality, health and safety, seismicity and climate change. The BLM will incorporate these comments into the development of alternatives for the EIS. 

Internal Guidance

The BLM has issued internal guidance through an Instructional Memorandum CA-2014-031 (IM), directing its field offices to request from oil and gas operators the information that is required by the State of California through SB 4. This guidance will help the BLM and the State share information more efficiently to ensure operator compliance with the provisions of both SB 4 and BLM regulations.


In the Spotlight 

 

BLM California Announces Path Forward for Oil and Gas Program

 CCST Report, Advanced Well Stimulation Technologies in California: An Independent Review of Scientific and Technical Information
 

Final BLM California Scoping Report; Summary of results from public scoping for oil and gas development for the Hollister Field Office's EIS for a RMP amendment 

 

Oil and Gas Application for Permit to Drill and Sundry Notice Processing, Instruction Memorandum No. CA-2014-031  


Related Links
 

BLM California Oil and Gas

 

California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources

 Understanding the NEPA Process

Announcements
 DOI News Release:  Interior Department Releases Final Rule to Support Safe, Responsible Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Public and Tribal Lands 
(3/20/2015)
 CCST News Release: CCST Releases Report on Well Stimulation Technologies
(8/28/2014)
 News Release: BLM California Announces Path Forward for Oil and Gas Program
(8/28/2014)
 

News Release: BLM California Solicits Public Comment to Prepare EIS on Oil and Gas Leasing and Development
(2/4/2014)

 

News Release:  BLM California Solicits Public Comment to Prepare EIS on Oil and Gas Leasing and Development (1/3/2014)

 

CCST News Release:  Public Webinar to Discuss CCST's Scientific Review of Oil and Gas Development Technologies in California
(1/9/2014)

 News Release:  BLM California Takes Comments for Planning Review Regarding Oil and Gas Development on Public Lands for 15 Days After Last Public Meeting (10/23/2013) 
 

News Release:  BLM California Launches Planning and Science Review Regarding Oil and Gas Development on Public Lands
(8-2-2013)

 

Federal Register Notice:  EIS for Oil and Gas Leasing and Development on Public Lands and Federal Mineral Estate and Potentially Amend the Hollister Resource Management Plan, CA (8/5/2013)

 

News Release:  BLM Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule (6/7/2013)


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