Calif. Fracking Litigation May Bring Economic Harm

Law360, New York (December 4, 2012, 12:36 PM EST) -- On Oct. 16, 2012, four environmental activist groups filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), challenging the DOGGR’s handling of the oil and gas permitting process in California. In particular, this lawsuit alleges that the DOGGR is violating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by approving permits for oil and gas wells without evaluating the environmental impacts from the use of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” within the state.

Fracking involves the high-pressure injection of a mix...
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