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USBLM approves reopening old oil well in Carrizo Plain NMon

The Bakersfield office of the Bureau of Land Management has once again approved new oil drilling at an old well pad at the base of Caliente Mountain in San Luis Obispo County — it would be the only new drilling within the Carrizo Plain National Monument since it was established in 2001.

Approval of new drilling in a protected area is indicative of the vastly different approaches to oil development between the federal and state governments. While California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation prohibiting new oil and gas development on state lands, the BLM under President Donald Trump has approved reopening wells that haven’t been used since the 1950s.

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