California Fracking Lawsuit: Judge Slams Obama Administration

Posted by Robyn, April 14, 2013

frackSAN FRANCISCO -– A federal judge struck a major blow against fracking in California this week, ruling that the government was wrong to allow energy companies to drill for oil on 2,700 acres of public land without first considering environmental impacts.

The Bureau of Land Management’s assessment of the land “did not adequately consider the development impact of hydraulic fracturing techniques,” wrote U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in a decision made public on Monday that sided with environmental groups that sued the BLM.

The land in question sits atop the Monterey Shale, a formation of sedimentary rock stretching beneath much of Central California, which the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates contains more than 15 billion barrels of oil. But the oil can only be reached through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, an invasive process that injects vast amounts of water, sand and chemicals to create cracks in the rock and force the oil to the surface.

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