Calif. County's Oil Rules Scrapped After Enviro Challenge

Law360 (February 26, 2020, 6:56 PM EST) -- A California state appeals court has thrown out a Kern County ordinance that paved the way for faster oil and gas development in the county and told it to revisit an environmental assessment the court deemed insufficient.

In a 150-page unanimous opinion, the panel said Tuesday that permits already issued under the ordinance won’t be thrown out. But the county — one of the most active oil and gas producers in California — must reexamine a series of problems identified by King and Gardiner Farms LLC, environmental groups and other advocates in an underlying environmental impact report, the court said....

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