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Tue Apr 9 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Opponents of Fracking in California Win Court Victory
Tue Apr 9 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)U.S. District Court Rules Monterey County Fracking Leases Violate Environmental Law
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. U.S. Magistrate Paul Grewal of the U.S. District Court in San Jose ruled on March 31 that the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sold the leases without properly assessing the threat that fracking could pose to water, fish and wildlife. Some of these leases are within the Salinas River watershed, a habitat for endangered Central Coast steelhead.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the controversial, environmentally destructive process of injecting millions of gallons of water, sand and toxic chemicals underground at high pressure in order to release and extract oil or gas. Many Delta advocates believe that the peripheral tunnels proposed under the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) will be used to deliver water to expand fracking operations in Kern County and coastal areas.
The ruling responded to a suit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club that challenged a September 2011 BLM decision to auction off about 2,500 acres of land in southern Monterey County to oil companies. “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, 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.”
Westlands Water District Votes No on Delta Tunnels Project! Tuesday Sep 19th 6:15 PM
CA Indian Water Commission, environmental groups challenge Delta Tunnels financing Tuesday Sep 19th 11:52 AM
Time to hit ‘pause button’ on brain-harming pesticide, farmworker communities say Saturday Sep 16th 3:19 PM
Anti Police-Terror Project statement on Berkeley Police use of pepper spray Thursday Sep 14th 2:10 PM
A Chicken in Every Pot and a Cell Tower on Every Garage (1 comment) Monday Sep 11th 6:27 AM
UC's Sue Homeland Security to Protect DACA Friday Sep 8th 5:44 PM
All Aboard, Whistle Stop Tour ~ Station 102 ~ California Admission Day (1 comment) Friday Sep 8th 12:46 PM
Trump Plans Massive Raids on Immigrant Communities Starting Mid-September Thursday Sep 7th 4:43 PM
NLGSF Statement on DACA & Planned Raids (1 comment) Thursday Sep 7th 4:29 PM
Oil Spill Highlights Risks of Phillips 66's Plan to Double Tanker Traffic in San Francisco Bay (1 comment) Wednesday Sep 6th 4:41 PMMore Local News...
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Nuclear Shutdown News 8/17 Friday Sep 1st 5:37 PM
Senate Bill 649 strikes at the electric grid, with utility workers in the crosshairs Wednesday Aug 16th 6:45 PM
Ban Fracking In San Luis Obispo County Tuesday Aug 15th 10:43 PM
Celltowers coming to your window shortly: CA SB.649 Thursday Aug 10th 8:45 PM
Insure the Human Right to Health Friday Aug 4th 1:21 AM
The Hubris of Donald Trump Friday Jul 28th 4:11 PM
Technology, Automation, Internationalism, Longshore Workers And The Future Of Work Tuesday Jul 25th 12:55 PM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Snowy Plovers From Off-road Vehicles at Oceano Dunes Tuesday Jul 25th 10:22 AM
Negro on California's Corporate Marijuana Rush Thursday Jul 20th 4:11 PM
Trump Offshore Oil Leasing Plan Threatens Every U.S. Ocean, Coastline Saturday Jul 1st 3:50 PMMore Global News...
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UC Gave $600,000 for Hate Speech, Plans Week of More Hate Speech Friday Sep 15th 8:03 AM
2017 African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challenge Act Modernization Act Tuesday Sep 12th 12:29 PM
PG&E & IBEW trying to kill rooftop solar .. Again. (1 comment) Tuesday Sep 12th 8:43 AM
SEIU 1021 Nato Green Doing Damage Control For SEIU? Opposes Single Payer In CA Wednesday Jul 12th 4:10 PM
Black Agriculture is helping expand California Apps for Ag to Underserved Communities Saturday May 27th 7:48 AM
African New Year's Day ~ Sacred Summer Solstice Celebration (1 comment) Tuesday May 23rd 2:04 PM
Sen Fenistein Supported by Health Insurers; Opposes Medicare for All Tuesday May 2nd 8:38 PM
California won its first major battle over `sanctuary cities' Wednesday Apr 26th 5:42 PM
California bill to eliminate bail system clears first hurdle (1 comment) Thursday Apr 6th 11:10 AM
Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement Friday Mar 17th 6:01 PMOpen Newswire...
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