The Latest On: Fracking
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.”
Michelle Ghafar, Attorney, Earthjustice: “A federal court already agreed with us once that the BLM failed to fully evaluate the impacts of the oil and gas expansion it is authorizing on public land. We’re returning to court once again to ensure the agency properly analyzes the impacts of devastating fracking activities in its plan.”
Michael Freeman, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “The effect of that [rescinded rule] was to leave all oil and gas development on federal lands in this country subject to really outdated and inadequate federal standards of our lands and our water and our public health.”
Greg Loarie, Attorney, California Regional Office, Earthjustice: “There’s no place for this backwards plan in California’s clean energy future.”
Robin Cooley, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: "We're at a time when the dangers of climate change are ever more clear. This administration is just being dangerous and irresponsible by rolling back climate change regulations."
Joel Minor, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “Having uniform federal standards is important to level the playing field.”