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Chevron Fight Against Fracking Ban Heads to California Justices

Jan. 26, 2022, 10:40 PM

Chevron Corp.’s legal challenge to a rule banning new wells and fracking in a northern California county will go before the state’s Supreme Court, the justices said Wednesday.

Voters in Monterey County in 2016 approved a measure prohibiting new oil and gas wells and fracking activities in unincorporated areas.

Chevron and Aera Energy LLC sued over the restrictions, and a state appellate court sided with the companies in 2021, finding the measures were preempted by state laws.

California law designates the authority to decide whether to permit oil and gas drilling operations to the state’s Oil and Gas Supervisor, ...

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