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Economic Benefit: $1.35 billion generated from oil & gas production on public lands in Caifornia.  Oil rigs scattered over a large production area.

California Oil and Gas

BLM California manages nearly 600 producing oil and gas leases covering more than 200,000 acres and 7,900 usable. Between 80% and 90% of all surface-disturbing activities related to oil and gas activities occur in the San Joaquin Valley on public lands administered by Central California District, Bakersfield Field Office. More than 95% of all Federal drilling occurs in established fields within the Kern County area of the San Joaquin Valley.  

BLM California is responsible for managing one of the most productive individual onshore leases in the lower 48 states, and four of the nation’s top seven producing oil fields are located in Kern County. As a general rule, California’s Federal production totals average approximately 8%-10% of California’s total oil and natural gas production.

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