The Center is a trailblazer in the movement to stop dangerous, destructive fracking in California as the oil and gas extraction method becomes increasingly common in the state despite a startling lack of necessary regulation.
To stop this disaster, in August 2012 we 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. In October of that year, we 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) to force it to abide by the California Environmental Quality Act in regulating fracking — because, as a December 2012 Center analysis revealed, proposed California fracking regulations would do little to protect the state's public health and environment. We filed suit again in Alameda County Superior Court in January 2013 to protect the state from fracking, since California regulators hadn't followed the law by allowing fracking to expand without lawful oversight.
Not despite our long, hard work on the issue, on May 7, 2013, the BLM postponed all oil and gas lease sales in California for the rest of the fiscal year.
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