ICYMI: Attorney General’s Office Denies Petition to Ban Oil Production Technique

ICYMI: Attorney General’s Office Denies Petition to Ban Oil Production Technique

March 30, 2015 | by Click Sminth

Last week, the California Department of Justice issued a response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition seeking to ban hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” In a letter denying the petition, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s office described it as “factually inaccurate [and] legally flawed.”

The letter affirmed California’s strict environmental regulation of oil production techniques including fracking, saying they are “rooted in science and sound public policy.”

Highlights from the letter include:

“Hydraulic fracturing has been used for decades in the state and, although the Legislature has been asked to ban the practice on several occasions, it has refused to do so. Instead, it has enacted Senate Bill No. 4.”

“Under SB 4, the Department of Conservation’s Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, following extensive consultation with the public and various experts, has adopted some of the most stringent regulations in the nation governing hydraulic fracturing.”

“The Legislature and the Governor have allowed well stimulation to take place because of the rigorous safeguards that have been put in place. Careful fact-finding and rigorous scientific analysis will continue to guide the state’s decision making in this area.”

To read the full letter, please click here.

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