The BLM initiated a planning process to address oil and gas development on public lands and Federal mineral estate in the Hollister Field Office by posting a Federal Register notice for the scoping period to solicit public input on process. This is the first phase of a process that may lead to the amendment of the Hollister RMP (2006). BLM is currently preparing an Enviormantal Imapct Statement to analyze oil and gas development, including the potential impacts assoicated with well stimulation technologies, in the Hollister Field Office.
In addition to this planning effort the BLM also commissioned 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 includes maps, findings, and synthesized sets of data that will inform the BLM’s environmental analysis documents for subsequent oil and gas lease sales. 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: Melinda Moffit, 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.