Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Service Seeks Public Input for Environmental Analysis of Proposed General Conservation Plan for Oil and Gas Activities in Santa Barbara County

August 1, 2017

Contact(s):

Ashley Spratt, Ashley_spratt@fws.gov, (805) 677-3301



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking input from the public for an environmental analysis as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for a proposed General Conservation Plan for oil and gas activities in Santa Barbara County. 

The proposed General Conservation Plan is a collaborative and comprehensive strategy that will allow the Service to work more efficiently and effectively with project proponents to ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act.

Through this collaborative approach, the Service will work with oil and gas companies to implement conservation measures that minimize and mitigate for take of the federally endangered California tiger salamander and the federally threatened California red-legged frog, and their habitats, and impacts to the federally endangered Lompoc yerba santa. This plan will allow the Service to take a proactive, strategic, and landscape-level approach to ensure conservation is being implemented in a way that aids recovery of the species.

Consistent with the General Conservation Plan, the Service will issue incidental take permits to applicants whose projects meet issuance criteria pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. Project proponents seeking a permit under the proposed General Conservation Plan must comply with all applicable federal, state, and local statutes and regulations.

This proposed plan would not circumvent the need for project compliance with other permit requirements for oil and gas projects or other required approval processes that may include county hearings and local approval.

The Service will accept written comments during a 30-day public scoping period to identify potential issues and concerns, potential impacts, and possible alternatives to be considered to determine whether an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is appropriate as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) based on the complexity of issues identified during and following the scoping period.

The notice of intent will publish in the Federal Register on August 2 and is available for public inspection in the Reading Room today.  Comments and information will be accepted from all interested parties from August 2 until September 1. The public may submit written comments by one of the following methods:

  • Email: Rachel_Henry@fws.gov
  • U.S. Mail: Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, 2493 Portola Rd. Suite B, Ventura, California 93003
  • Fax: 805-644-3965

 

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/ventura. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, and download photos from our Flickr page.


The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel and download photos from our Flickr page.