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Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office issues oil, gas lease sale notice, Kern County

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 19:12:13-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.  — The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office will offer seven parcels for lease, which totals 4,133 acres of federal minerals, at an oil and gas lease sale during the week of Dec. 7.

All parcels are located in or adjacent to existing oilfields in Kern County.

“The BLM is committed to responsible energy development on public lands to meet the needs of the American people while fulfilling our mission to manage the public’s natural resources for multiple uses. We strive to be a good neighbor and supporter of local communities,” says BLM California State director Karen Mouritsen. “The oil and gas industry generates approximately 3,500 jobs and $200 million in economic benefit annually within the Bakersfield area alone.”

The Bakersfield Field Office will conduct an additional environmental review and may issue site-specific conditions when considering an application for a permit to drill, in addition to the stipulations already attached to the lease at the time of sale.

The BLM will hold the lease sale online at

Parcels may be viewed online at the EnergyNet website approximately 10 business days after Oct. 8's posting of the Notice of Competitive Lease Sale on the project website at

This sale notice initiates a 30-day public protest period that ends on Nov. 9.

Protests must be submitted online at, via facsimile: 916-978-4388, or by mail to the BLM California State Office, Attn: Oil and Gas Lease Sale, 2800 Cottage Way, STE-1618, Sacramento, CA 95825.

For specific questions, please contact BLM Supervisory Land Law Examiner Adjudication Jennifer Steadman at (916) 978-4400 during normal business hours.