Fracking in Monterey County, California. Delayed by U.S. District Court.

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Fracking opponents in California have won what may be their first victory in court, with a federal magistrate’s ruling that federal authorities broke the law when they leased land in Monterey and Fresno counties to oil drillers without studying the possible risks of hydraulic fracturing.

The decision, made public Sunday, will probably delay fracking on four sites leased by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in 2011.

U.S. Magistrate Paul Grewal with the U.S. District Court in San Jose ruled that the bureau did not properly assess the threat that fracking could pose to water and wildlife before selling the leases, some of which lie within the Salinas River watershed. He made clear that he was not ruling on the merits of fracking itself.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/green/article/Fracking-foes-in-California-win-in-court-4419423.php#ixzz2QCTzTx1p

English: Map of the Salinas River watershed, w...

English: Map of the Salinas River watershed, which drains a large portion of California’s central Coast Ranges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3 thoughts on “Fracking in Monterey County, California. Delayed by U.S. District Court.

  1. Another very important post! Scientists have concluded that fracking caused the Oklahoma earth quake. Way to tempt the San Andreas Fault. Like California doesn’t have enough problems!

  2. Pingback: Sign California! Support Fracking Moratorium AB 1301 Petition. 350.org Bay Area | Friend Nature

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