Mike Freeman, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Earthjustice: “Senate Bill 181 was a sea change in the law. The commission’s duty is to protect public health, safety and welfare and to ensure that any approvals of oil and gas operations are done subject to protection of those values.”
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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Michael Freeman, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “The effect of that [rescinded rule] was to leave all oil and gas development on federal lands in this country subject to really outdated and inadequate federal standards of our lands and our water and our public health.”