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Record of Decision and Approved RMP for Oil and Gas Development
The Bureau of Land Management has released its decision for oil and gas leasing and development in the BLM Central Coast Field Office planning area, primarily in Fresno, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

The BLM’s Record of Decision and Central Coast Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment for Oil and Gas Leasing and Development makes approximately 680,000 acres of Federal mineral estate available for leasing with controlled surface use stipulations and another roughly 42,000 acres available for leasing with no surface occupancy requirements. An additional 67,500 acres of Federal minerals are closed to leasing and development, including designated wilderness areas, wilderness study areas and national monuments. The BLM plan also supports recovery of threatened and endangered plants and animals in the Ciervo Panoche Natural Area by protecting core populations from surface disturbance.
This decision supports Executive Order 13783: Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth and Secretarial Order 3349: American Energy Independence.
The decision does not authorize any actual drilling for exploration or development of oil and gas resources. Any future proposals for leasing or development would be subject to additional environmental review based on site-specific project information and other requirements for consultation, coordination and public involvement. The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 requires that the BLM hold quarterly lease sales when parcels are available, and to pay the state 50 percent of generated royalties. The BLM estimates that the oil and gas industry on private and public lands directly supports approximately 3,000 jobs and $620 million in tax revenue within the Central Coast Field Office jurisdiction.

California is highly developed, with some oilfields having been in production for more than 100 years. Less than one percent of oil and gas development is located on Federal minerals in the Central Coast Field Office planning area. The BLM anticipates most new oil and gas development within the planning area to occur in or near existing oilfields in Fresno County.

This decision also authorizes the BLM to issue, with controlled surface use stipulations, 14 previously litigated oil and gas leases in Monterey and San Benito counties. The decision addresses the issues identified by the District Court in litigation and fulfills BLM’s commitment to a settlement agreement to prepare a more detailed environmental analysis of the potential impacts of oil and gas development.  Issuance of the leases initiates a 30-day appeal period to the Interior Board of Land Appeals.
Administrative remedies are available to those who are a party to the case and are adversely affected by the leasing decisions included in Table 1 of the Central Coast Field Office Record of Decision and RMP Amendment for Oil and Gas Leasing and Development.
Appeals must be made before November 4, 2019 to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (Board) at the Office of Hearings and Appeals, in strict compliance with the regulations in 43 CFR Part 4 Subpart E.
Interior Board of Lands Appeals 
Office of Hearings and Appeals
801 N. Quincy Street, Suite 300
Arlington, Virginia 22203
Telephone: 703-235-3750
Facsimile: 703-235-8349
Notices of appeal must also be filed with the BLM California Acting State Director at the BLM California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way, W1623, Sacramento, CA  95825.
If a notice of appeal does not include a statement of reasons, such statement must be filed with the BLM California State Office and the Board within 30 days after the notice of appeal is filed. 
IMPORTANT: The notice of appeal and any statement of reasons, written arguments, or briefs must also be served upon the Office of the Solicitor - Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2800 Cottage Way, Room E-1712, Sacramento, CA  95825-1890.