Opponents of Fracking in California Win Court Victory
San Francisco Bay Area
02 May 2013 19:57 GMT
In a precedent-setting victory for fracking opponents, a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration violated the law when it issued oil leases in Monterey County without considering the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing. "This important decision recognizes that fracking poses new, unique risks to California's air, water and wildlife that government agencies can't ignore," said Brendan Cummings, senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity, who argued the case for the plaintiffs. "This is a watershed moment - the first court opinion to find a federal lease sale invalid for failing to address the monumental dangers of fracking."
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