‘Hasty’ California Oil and Gas Lease Sale Draws Suit Against BLM

March 22, 2021, 9:02 PM

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management decided to sell oil and gas leases on public land in California for the first time in nearly a decade without taking a hard look at the environmental and public health impacts, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in a federal court in the state.

The agency’s “hasty” environmental review ignored comments from experts and failed to consider evidence showing fracking could pollute already scarce groundwater resources, environmental groups say in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California filing.

The decision violated the National Environmental Policy Act, and therefore, the sale ...

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