US Ignored Fracking In Granting Calif. Leases, Judge Says

Law360, New York (April 8, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Interior Department has violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to assess the risks of fracking before leasing 2,700 acres of California land for oil and gas extraction in 2011, a California magistrate judge said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal said the Bureau of Land Management unreasonably relied on projections that the oil companies would install a single well on 1 acre as proposed and should have studied the potential environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing before leasing the land in Monterey and...
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