Conservation Groups Secure Permanent Closure of Oil Wells in California

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Los Padres Forest Watch announced a settlement agreement with the Bureau of Land Management that ensures the permanent closure and restoration of eleven long-dormant oil wells inside the Carrizo Plain National Monument––a central California habitat for wildlife like the San Joaquin kit fox and the blunt-nosed leopard lizard. The agreement settles litigation that plaintiffs commenced in 2020 claiming that the Trump administration’s approval of a new oil well and pipeline in the national monument would harm threatened and endangered wildlife. Plaintiffs were represented by CBD and the Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford University.