Conservation groups sue Calif agency over fracking

Associated Press Modified: October 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm •  Published: October 16, 2012
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Conservation groups are suing California's oil and gas drilling regulators over hydraulic fracturing, charging officials with failing to properly study the practice's environmental impacts.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court charges the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, also known as DOGGR, with failing to adequately monitor possible pollution caused by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

Fracking is the practice of shooting water and chemicals at high pressure into underground rock formations to release oil or gas to the surface.

California currently does not distinguish fracking from other industry techniques to recover oil and gas.

The Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and other groups sued to force the state to conduct environmental reviews before permitting fracking projects.

California Department of Conservation spokesman Ed Wilson declined to comment on the suit, saying the department does not comment on pending litigation.



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