Trump to expand oil and gas drilling in Central California

by Anna M. Phillips, LA Times

In the Trump administration’s latest effort to increase oil and gas drilling on federal land, it announced finalized plans Thursday to open 725,500 acres along California’s Central Coast to fossil fuel exploration.

The Bureau of Land Management’s plans encompass a region spanning 11 counties — stretching from the Pacific coast to the San Joaquin Valley — but most of the affected land is in Fresno, Monterey and San Benito counties.

Under its proposal, 683,100 acres of federal mineral estate managed by the agency would be opened to oil and gas drilling.

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