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Environmental Group Sues California Oil Agency for Breaking Fracking Laws

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CBD is suing the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources for resuming hydraulic fracturing.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is suing the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources for ignoring warnings on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing and resuming such activities, the group stated in a press release.

“Oil regulators defied state lawmakers by failing to consider the damage that fracking does to the air we breathe and the water we drink,” CBD Attorney Kassie Siegel said on Thursday.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a technique of extracting shale gas and oil by injecting pressurized toxic liquid into the ground.

"In New York, Gov. Cuomo banned fracking after reviewing the science… In California, Gov. Brown simply refused to consider the dangers outlined by scientists and is putting millions of Californians at risk,” Siegel said.

On July 9, 2015, advocacy group Clear Water Action’s Oil and Gas urged California to issue an order to freeze all fracking activities until the state sets new guideline laws.

Between 2000 and 2013, approximately 9.4 million people, and 6,800 sources of drinking water were located within one mile of a fracking well, according to the EPA. - Sputnik International
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The CBD argued that the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources finalized a flawed “environmental impact report” on fracking eight days before the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released a study showing that the practice threatens air, water and public health, the press release said.

The CCST study also suggested halting fracking activities near homes, schools, and hospitals.

Environmentalists argue that fracking endangers water resources and the environment through leakage and spillage of the toxic chemical waste water and fracking fluids.

Fracking now accounts for about half of all new oil wells drilled in California per year, the CCST reported in January 2015.

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