California Sues Trump Administration for Repealing Obama Fracking Rule

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California Sues Trump Administration for Repealing Obama Fracking Rule


Siegel, Josh, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The state of California sued the Trump administration in federal court on Wednesday for repealing the Obama administration's 2015 fracking rule regulating oil and natural gas drilling on federal lands.

"Once again, President Trump and Interior Secretary [Ryan] Zinke didn't let the law or facts get in their way in their zeal to repeal the 2015 Fracking Rule," said Attorney General Xavier Becerra, in announcing the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. "The Interior Department's own factual record shows that the risks to our health and environment are real. So, once again, the California Department of Justice will get in the way of another reckless Trump violation of our laws."

The Obama-era rule targets the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has made the U.S. the world's leading producer of natural gas. …

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