Feds revive Proposition for Fresh oil
The federal government would like to reopen over 1.7 million acres (690,000 hectacres) from California to oil and gas drilling which includes fracking on land that’s been off-limits since environmentalists surrendered in 2013.
The Bureau of Land Management issued closing plans Thursday for gas and oil rents over 800,000 acres (324,000 hectacres) of federal land largely involving the Central Coast and Central Valley.
The move comes less than a month after the agency issued a draft plan to permit drilling on over 1 million acres (405,000 hectacres) in counties surrounding the Bakersfield region.
Environmentalists who had successfully blocked the Obama administration’s attempts criticized efforts to revive the aims.