The study found oil and gas development causes habitat loss and recommends important habitat be preserved from the impacts of oil and gas exploration and production in Ventura County.
Conclusion 3.4. Oil and gas development causes habitat loss and fragmentation.
Any oil and gas development, including that enabled by hydraulic fracturing, can cause habitat loss and fragmentation. The location of hydraulic-fracturing-enabled development coincides with ecologically sensitive areas in the Kern and Ventura Counties.
Recommendation 3.4. Minimize habitat loss and fragmentation in oil and gas producing regions.
Enact regional plans to conserve essential habitat and dispersal corridors for native species in Kern and Ventura Counties. The plans should identify top-priority habitat and restrict development in these regions. The plan should also define and require those practices, such as clustering multiple wells on a pad and using centralized networks of roads and pipes, which will minimize future surface disturbances.
A program to set aside compensatory habitat in reserve areas when oil and gas development causes habitat loss and fragmentation should be developed and implemented (Volume II, Chapter 5; Volume III, Chapter 5 [San Joaquin Basin Case Study]).
More analysis coming soon.
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