We have two issues in California’s central coast region that are demanding a rapid response. (1) The U.S. Bureau of Land Management just released its draft Environmental Impact Statement that could open up more than one million acres of federal public land in eight counties in Central California to fossil fuel drilling and fracking, and we are seeking funding to prepare technical comments, to reach out to key landowners, local elected officials, and other stakeholders affected by the plan to encourage them to submit comments, and to encourage the public to attend hearings later this month. And (2) the U.S. Forest Service recently approved a plan to allow commercial logging across more than four square miles in the Los Padres National Forest, and we are seeking funding to file litigation to stop the project.
Los Padres ForestWatch
Rapid Response to Central Coast Drilling/Fracking and Commercial Logging
California Wildlands Rapid Response Fund, 2019
The commercial logging proposals are in western Kern County. The BLM’s drilling/fracking plan covers eight counties, but our work would focus on Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and western Kern counties.