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The Federal government has opened up, hundreds of thousands of acres of public Land in California to oil and gas drilling, as part of a broader effort to strengthen the energy independence.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has made its final decision on Friday, so that oil and gas leases on the parcels, especially in the Central valley and parts of the Central coast.
The 725,000 acres of public land in Central California had been off-limits to oil and gas drilling since 2013.
The plan, first announced in may, was part of a trombone administration the United States energy-independent. Critics called it a string of give-aways for the industry.
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BLM received more than 400 objections of his plan over a 30-day protest period, but none of them ruled were valid, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Environmentalists successfully blocked the Obama administration to open the land to drilling, criticized the new development.
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The officials, the center for Biological diversity, called the effort reckless, and said they would continue to fight the government.
BLM officials said, additional approval would be required before a Drill.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.