The BLM hears from local citizens over using 1.6M acres public land for oil and gas projects

The Bureau of Land Management recently opened up comments on whether to issue new permits to frack over 1.6 million acres of California’s public lands for oil and gas.

“It’s just unacceptable to me,” said Arden Day from the Center for Biological Diversity. “I’m praying that there’s some effect that it might have on the people that are pretending that we’re not harming the earth.”

Day was joined by about 50 other citizens who also officially spoke out against more permits for hydraulic extraction in Southern California counties, including Santa Barbara and Ventura.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management hears the public on new issuing oil and gas production permits on CaliforniaCalfornia public land.  Photo c redit: Nico Navarro

However, Chris Collier of a business coalition, supports fracking “I’d like to say we’re pleased that after five years the process has worked,” he said.“The federal government has reaffirmed that hydraulic fracturing is a safe method of production in California.”

The public comment period ends June 10 and the final environmental evaluations will be made public in September.



Carolina Starin


Nico Navarro