After five-year moratorium, Trump administration opens up California’s central coast to drilling
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has ended a five-year de facto moratorium on oil and gas leasing on 725,000 acres of federal land along California’s central coast. Drilling was stopped there for a reason: In 2013, a judge ruled that the BLM failed to consider the risks of fracking and its excessive water use to the California landscape and its water supplies—which already face severe shortages. But since the Trump administration took office, the BLM has released insufficient environmental impact statements in order to rubberstamp the reopening of drilling leases to Big Oil and Gas.
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We Could Do a Lot More to Regulate Fracking
Lax monitoring of the country’s fracking boom does little to allay concerns about the air, water, and health impacts of this oil and gas extraction method.
GuideTexas, Pennsylvania, New York, California, North Dakota, FloridaMelissa Denchak
Hydraulic fracturing has upended the global energy landscape and made fossil fuels big business in the United States. Mounting evidence shows that it poses serious threats to our health, environment, and climate future. Here’s a look at the fracking boom…