The BLM is initiating a planning process to address oil and gas development on public lands and Federal mineral estate in the Hollister Field Office. The Federal Register notice initiates a scoping period to solicit public input on that process. This is the first phase of a process that may lead to the amendment of the Hollister RMP (2006). The BLM may also use this process to consider amending RMPs for other field offices in California with oil and gas leasing and development (Bakersfield, Palm Springs-South Coast, Mother Lode, and Ukiah Field Offices).
In addition to this planning effort the BLM is also initiating a peer-reviewed, third party independent science assessment of the current state of industry practices for well completion and stimulation in California. This assessment of well completion and stimulation practices will include maps, findings, and synthesized sets of data that will inform the BLM’s environmental analysis documents for subsequent oil and gas lease sales. It is anticipated that the information generated by this assessment will be used to inform the planning process.
To submit written comments related to the Oil and Gas Leasing and Development EIS, write to BLM_CA_OGEIS@blm.gov. You can also mail comments to Oil and Gas Leasing and Development EIS, Attn: Sara Acridge, 2800 Cottage Way, Rm. W-1623, Sacramento, CA 95825.
For further information, and/or to have your name added to the mailing list, contact Sara Acridge, Natural Resources Specialist, telephone 916-978-4557; address 2800 Cottage Way, Rm. W-1623, Sacramento, CA 95825; email BLM_CA_OGEIS@blm.gov.