Federal land managers are postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California until October, citing budget problems and low staffing, and the toll of environmental litigation.
Two environmental groups filed a new lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in federal court in San Jose Thursday, accusing it of failing to study the risks of fracking on 17,833 acres of public land in Monterey County and the Central Valley that it leased to 15 oil development companies.
California landowners could be sitting on oil rich land deep beneath the land their home sits on. While landowners may own the surface land, what lies beneath could be sold off if oil is discovered.
A year after being placed on probation for drawing too many people, the Burning Man festival on the Nevada desert attracted crowds well within the maximum cap allowed by federal land managers.
A firefighting crew made up of military veterans has recently been assembled by the Bureau of Land Management to battle California’s fires.