Two environmental groups prosecute the Trump government over the plan to open more than 720,000 acres of federal land for fracking in California
- Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity are going to sue American government agency
- Protection groups have filed a lawsuit over plans to drill more than 720,000 hectares of land
- They say that fracking area borders land near national parks and nature reserves
- Plan is a way in which President Trump has tried to expand US oil and gas production
Two environmental groups are prosecuting the Trump administration for its plan to open more than 720,000 hectares of federal land in California for oil and gas development.
The nature conservation organizations said they had done that measured the effects of fracking on groundwater supply, climate change and the potential for earthquakes caused by exploration.
They claim that the area selected for drilling borders lands near well-known national parks and protected areas of approximately 291,370 hectares.
A lawsuit filed yesterday by the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity comes almost four weeks after the US Department of the Interior Bureau for Land Management (BLM) has approved a plan that oil and gas leasing in 11 provinces in the coastal region of Central California.
The plan to drill in 720,000 hectares of California federal land is one of many ways President Trump has moved to expand oil and gas production
The plan is one of many ways that President Donald Trump has moved to expand oil and gas production in federal countries.
The move to drill in California ended a five-year moratorium on leases in the state that were prompted by a legal challenge.
In lawsuits filed with the federal court in San Francisco, the nature conservation groups argued that the agency is breaking the law by not analyzing what damage drilling could cause to groundwater resources, climate change and the potential for earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
The lawsuit reads: & # 39; Defendants have not considered meaningful alternatives to the plan change, have not analyzed and disclosed the environmental impact and have denied the public the opportunity to comment on its environmental analysis as required by law. & # 39 ;
BLM spokeswoman Sarah Webster said in an email statement that the agency was reviewing the lawsuit.
The Decree of October 4 & # 39; seeks a balance between resource conservation and energy development in line with BLM's multi-use land management and sustainable yield mission, & # 39; Webster added.
Green groups claim the area in California that has been selected for drilling borders, national parks and nature reserves. Pictured is the Chevron fracking site near Midland, Texas, in August
Clare Lakewood, senior Center for Biological Diversity lawyer, said that Trump officials & # 39; acted illegally & # 39; by approving the drilling plan.
She said in a statement: & # 39; Oil and gas extraction is a dirty, dangerous undertaking that poisons our water, kills wildlife, and aggravates the climate crisis.
& # 39; It is reckless and illegal for Trump officials to open our public lands to oil companies without regard to human and environmental costs. We bring them to court to keep this planet livable for our children. & # 39;
The BLM has not held a lease sale in California since 2013, when a judge ruled that the agency had issued illegal leases without analyzing the environmental impact of fracking.
The agency issued a new environmental study and resource management plan earlier this month.
Several provinces in the area covered by the BLM plan, including Monterey and Santa Cruz, have passed legislation to ban new oil and gas resources.
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