California Oil, Gas Chief Resigns Amid Growing Concerns About Regulation

After 18 months on the job, California Oil/Natural Gas Supervisor Steve Bohlen resigned Monday at a time of rising criticism of the state’s oversight of various drilling programs, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and most recently, cyclic steaming, a process used throughout the state’s old oilfields.

December 1, 2015

California Officials Acknowledge Lax Oil, Gas Oversight, Submit Overhaul Plan

Acknowledging insufficient oversight of the oil and natural gas industry in the past, California energy officials on Thursday released a “renewal plan” for regulatory efforts along with a state legislative-mandated report (SB 855) detailing shortcomings of past efforts, which are concentrated in the Department of Conservation (DOC).

October 9, 2015

California to Beef Up Oil, Gas Rules, Official Says

Oil and natural gas operators in California face stepped up oversight in the months ahead as the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) undergoes an extensive reorganization, the head of DOGGR told NGI’s Shale Daily on Tuesday.

August 26, 2015
Californians Debate Oil v. Water Aquifers in State’s Monterey Shale

Californians Debate Oil v. Water Aquifers in State’s Monterey Shale

If its Monterey Shale potential is fully realized, California could get back to its modern-day high levels of oil production at the 1 million b/d mark, but ongoing issues of water and energy sustainability may get in the way, the state’s oil/natural gas supervisor said during a panel discussion Thursday night at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles.

September 22, 2014