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Housing / Land Use

BLM Central Coast field office releases final environmental analysis for oil and gas

Planning document analyzes six alternative approaches to oil and gas leasing and development, specifies which lands would be open and the stipulations to be applied to protect resources.

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Housing / Land Use

Fracking opponents, BLM talk future oil and gas leases in county

BLM pitches plans to lease public lands for gas and oil exploration as anti-fracking protesters argue for local control

Image by Jason McCormick shows borderline between San Benito and Santa Clara counties — two of the legal battlegrounds among officials, oilmen and environmentalists.

Citadel plans to reroute litigation over San Benito County oil

CEO says Citadel has no plan to end legal pursuit supporting local interest

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Business / Economy

County okays fund for legal defense of Measure J

Supervisors support public vehicle for private donations to help county legally defend new regulation that outlaws certain oil extraction techniques

Andy and Mary Hsia-Coron and Asst. County Clerk Angela Curro appear in this file photo.

Agriculture

Google chairman’s charity backs legal defense fund of Measure J

The Schmidt Family Foundation has backed a legal defense fund of a voter-approved ban of high-intensity petroleum operations.

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Business / Economy

Oil company sues San Benito County

Formal filing follows $1.2 billion claim against county filed after passage of Measure J

Image of San Benito County, courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

Business / Economy

Supes, Citadel trade shots over debt to Center for Biological Diversity

Supervisors say Citadel owes taxpayers $262,500; but oil company said it is appealing California court's decision, claiming that the debt issue should be decided in court

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Business / Economy

Oil companies, county officials shed light on constitutional concerns of Measure J

County receives letter from California Resources Corp., sounding alarm over applicability of regulation as result of Measure J.

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Business / Economy

Anti-fracking advocates face questions concerning oil well maintenance

Citadel Exploration CEO breaks silence in statement to BenitoLink, while government officials and local activists continue fight against oil companies.

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Business / Economy

COMMENTARY: U.S. to pump more oil than Russia in 2014

U.S. output is expected to hit 10.4 million barrels in the third quarter, according to the IEA's latest monthly oil market report

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Agriculture

Federal oil and gas lease moratorium in San Benito County to continue for two years

Ruling doesn't impact ongoing operations or drilling on private land

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Business / Economy

Judge tells Citadel to stop oil production near Pinnacles

Ruling comes two weeks after company announced its first well was producing oil

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Business / Economy

Citadel says San Benito County well is producing oil

The company and San Benito County were recently found to have not done proper environmental review at the drilling site

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Housing / Land Use

State Water Board Public Meeting to Develop Criteria for Groundwater Monitoring Related to Gas/Oil Wells

Stakeholder Meeting to Develop Groundwater Monitoring Model Critera for Oil and Gas Areas

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Agriculture

Oil Drilling Concerns Fuel Comments at Chamber Mixer

Oil Drilling Concerns Fuel Comments at Chamber Mixer