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ACTION TIMELINE

July 18, 2011 – The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and Los Padres ForestWatch filed a formal protest to stop the Bureau of Land Management from leasing out 2,600 acres of environmentally sensitive land in Monterey and Fresno counties for oil and gas development — including fracking — without a thorough examination of the effects drilling would have on California’s landscapes, wildlife and watersheds.

August 8, 2011 – The Center joined a large coalition of public health, environmental, academic, faith-based and other organizations in writing a formal letter to President Obama urging him to do everything in his power to halt the largely unregulated expansion of fracking to extract shale gas across the country.

December 8, 2011 – The Center and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit challenging the BLM for leasing more than 2,500 acres of environmentally sensitive land in Monterey and Fresno counties for oil and gas development, including fracking — despite our July letter of protest and without thorough environmental review.

July 25, 2012 – The Center and allies took part in a San Francisco rally against fracking in California.

August 29, 2012 – The Center launched federal litigation challenging the Bureau of Land Management for failing to properly evaluate hydraulic fracturing’s threats to endangered species on public land leased for oil and gas activities in California. 

September 11, 2012 – The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Environmental Law Center and Clean Air Task Force filed a petition asking the BLM to require companies fracking or drilling for oil and gas on public lands to use pollution controls to cut harmful methane leaks contributing to the global climate crisis.

October 16, 2012 – The Center and allies, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources — the agency responsible for regulating the state's oil and gas industry — for failing to abide by the California Environmental Quality Act in regulating fracking in the state.

December 12, 2012 – Dozens of protesters, including Center staff, wore hazmat suits and carried barrels labeled “Warning: Toxic Fracking Fluid” at a rally outside a federal auction against plans to lease more than 17,000 acres of California public land to oil companies for drilling and fracking. 

December 18, 2012 – The Center announced an analysis showing that proposed regulations meant to govern fracking in California would do little to protect the state's environment, wildlife, climate and public health.

January 24, 2013 – The Center went to court to compel California regulators to enforce existing state law meant to protect people and the environment from fracking.

May 7, 2013 – About four weeks after a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration violated the law by leasing California public land for oil development without considering the risks of fracking, the Bureau of Land Management postponed all oil and gas lease sales in California for the rest of the fiscal year.

May 2013 – The Nevada Senate sent a bill to the Assembly that would regulate fracking but fell far short of what would be necessary to protect Nevada’s air, water and wildlife from the controversial oil and gas extraction process that had recently arrived in the state.

July 31, 2013 – A coalition of citizens and conservation groups sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management challenging the agency’s plan to sell oil and gas leases across most of Blue Rock State Forest in Ohio.

August 1, 2013 – A  new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research foundation, showed that a majority of Californians oppose expanded fracking in the Golden State.

September 5, 2013 – The Center launched filed a notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Land Management for failing to protect endangered species like the Karner blue butterfly and Indiana bat by properly assessing the risks posed to them by fracking on public land being leased for oil and gas production in a game reserve in southwestern Michigan.

September 20, 2013 – California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 4, a law that very weakly addresses fracking in California and will not adequately protect the state’s environment, health, water, air, wildlife or climate from the dangerous practice.

October 3, 2013 – The Center was among 100 groups to urge the federal government to maintain a fracking moratorium on California’s public lands.

November 13, 2013 – Twenty of the nation’s top climate scientists urged Gov. Brown to halt fracking in California.

December 12, 2013 – The Center and more than150 other groups calling on the California Coastal Commission to halt offshore fracking.

February 4, 2014 – Center activists rallied and participated in a BLM public meeting to show support for prohibiting new oil and gas lease sales on public lands in California.

Fracking photo courtesy Flickr Commons/danielfoster437