Thursday, May 23, 2019

Trump administration to open a million acres of public holdings in California to ‘fracking frenzy’

"Trump's plan would unleash a fracking frenzy that puts California's people and wildlife in harm's way."

On Thursday, Donald Trump announced plans to open 1,011,470 acres of land in California to fracking. The new proposal comes with much push back.

Opening more than a million acres of public holdings in California to oil drilling and fracking “could have a disastrous effects on the environment.”

“Trump’s plan would unleash a fracking frenzy that puts California’s people and wildlife in harm’s way,” said Clare Lakewood, senior attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said. “This administration is dead set on letting oil and gas companies dig up every last drop of dirty fuel.”

Calling it an “assault of public lands,” the proposal “would be the first time in six years that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issues a land lease since a judge ruled the agency’s issuance of fracking certificates violated the National Environmental Policy Act,” Common Dreams reported.

“Expanding extraction of dirty fossil fuels on our public lands threatens the health of our communities and the future of our climate,” Monica Embrey, a senior campaign representative with Sierra Club, said. “We will push back every step of the way against this reckless plan to subject more of California’s lands, wildlife, and communities to fracking.”

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