Patrice Simms, VP of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice: “This is really a moment when the agency should be taking a pause, stepping back, focusing on immediate concerns of making sure people are well protected, that people are cared for, that people are not experiencing additional exposures to pollution at a time when they are also being challenged by everything that’s going on with respect to COVID.”
California Issues First Fracking Permits In Nine Months. But COVID-19 Makes It Even More Complicated.
Colin O’Brien, Attorney, California Regional Office, Earthjustice: “These permits took longer because the past process was inadequate, not because this most recent approval involved any enhanced review or increased protection.”
Adrian Martinez, Attorney, California Regional Office, Earthjustice: The best climate strategy is to meet clean-air standards. That would be a fundamental shift from a combustion-focused society to zero-emissions everywhere.”
Kyle Berquist is a digital advocacy associate based in headquarters in San Francisco.