Friday, July 31, 2015

Environmental Organization Sues California Department of Conservation Alleging Violations of CEQA and Well Stimulation Regulations

On July 28, 2015, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a lawsuit against California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) challenging the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This report, released on July 1, 2015, assesses the potential impact of oil and gas well stimulation in California.

In compliance with Senate Bill No. 4, DOGGR was required to complete an EIR pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. CBD, however, argues that DOGGR issued a “fundamentally flawed” EIR that fails to address the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing as well as appropriate mitigation measures and alternatives. CBD also contends that DOGGR made some important factual errors in the report.

In their claims, CBD alleges that DOGGR approved and certified the EIR in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act and of SB 4. As a result, CBD seeks declaratory and injunctive reliefs. 

The case remains pending in the Superior Court for the State of California for the County of Sacramento. 

Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow

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