The Way Forward For Fracking After CBD V. Salazar

Law360, New York (April 24, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT) -- On March 31, 2013, a magistrate judge with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated the National Environmental Policy Act in issuing several oil and gas leases without first adequately analyzing the impacts of horizontal drilling and multistage hydraulic fracturing. Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) v. BLM, No. C 11-06174-PSG (N.D. Cal. Mar. 31, 2013).

Recognizing that land use planning for public lands has been outpaced by developments in drilling technology, the court held that...
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