Environment & Energy Report

Santa Barbara Oil, Gas Plan Gets One Extra Month for Comments

March 26, 2020, 9:15 PM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending by one month its comment period for a conservation plan and environmental review of oil and gas operations in Santa Barbara County, Calif.

  • The draft documents spell out how oil and gas operators can adhere to Endangered Species Act protections to ensure that salamanders, frogs, and a rare shrub are protected.
  • Environmental groups last week urged the Interior Department to pause public comments and policy actions because of the coronavirus pandemic. In its notice, the Fish and Wildlife Service, part of Interior, didn’t give a reason for the extension.
  • The comment period...
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