SACRAMENTO: Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, resignation, Supervisor Steve Bohlen: "California gas and division chief stepping down"; also, "Leader of state's embattled oil agency resigns" ....
* Sacramento Bee: "California oil and gas division chief stepping down" - From the Bee:
Steven Bohlen, the head of California’s embattled oil and gas division, is resigning after about 18 months on the job. In a resignation letter Monday obtained by The Sacramento Bee, Bohlen, supervisor of the state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, said he plans to return to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he previously worked. He said in an interview that he will stay on as an unpaid science adviser to the division.
Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to appoint Ken Harris, executive officer of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, to replace him.
Bohlen inherited a department mired in controversy around its oversight of hydraulic fracturing and other drilling operations, including a failure to shield protected aquifers from wastewater injections. Amid persistent criticism, Bohlen said the division, after “getting those issues on the table,” is “really starting to fix things.” “It’s not as obvious to the public now, but certainly it will be increasingly obvious that the division has turned a corner,” he said. “I think the future looks very bright.”
Hollin Kretzmann of the Center for Biological Diversity said in a prepared statement that the oil and gas division remains “far too close to the oil industry it is supposed to regulate.” “The next supervisor must address Californians’ concerns about water contamination and safety risks from drilling and fracking,” he said.
Bohlen was at the center of a flap this fall ............
* San Francisco Chronicle: "Leader of state's embattled oil agency resigns"