Settlement blocks planned federal fracking leases in California
Leasing for new oil and gas drilling on federal land in central California is temporarily blocked under a settlement announced Monday between the state and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. … Fracking is the process of injecting a high-pressure mix of mostly water with some sand and chemical additives into rock to create or expand fractures that allow oil and gas to be extracted. It’s a controversial practice due to concerns about the injected chemicals contaminating groundwater.
- Los Angeles Times: Federal government suspends new drilling and fracking leases on public lands in Central California
- Center for Biological Diversity: Legal Agreements Block Drilling, Fracking Across 1 Million Acres in Central California
- Courthouse News Service: Feds back-pedal on California fracking leases