California officials challenge fracking off coastline

phys.org | 12/20/2016 | Staff
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California's chief prosecutor and an environmental commission on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging an assessment by federal authorities that clears the way for hydraulic fracturing off the state's coast.

The lawsuit from Attorney General Kamala Harris and the California Coastal Commission targets the US Department of the Interior as well as two federal agencies.

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The federal agencies in May said that an environmental assessment had determined that fracking poses no significant impact, clearing the way for a moratorium on the controversial form of gas and oil extraction to be lifted.

"We must take every possible step to protect our precious coastline and ocean," Harris, who was elected to the US Senate in November and will take up her new post next month, said in a statement.

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"The US Department of Interior's inadequate environmental assessment would open the door to practices like fracking that may pose a threat to the health and wellbeing of California communities."

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