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REGIONAL NEWS: California sues Trump administration over fracking

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San Benito County voters approved a fracking ban, but it’s likely to face challenges. /Gabriela Quiros/KQED

By Rachel Frazen | The Hill

California is suing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over its plan to open up public lands in the state to oil and gas drilling including fracking, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) announced Friday.

“BLM’s decision to advance this half-baked proposal isn’t just misguided, it’s downright dangerous. The risks to both people and the environment associated with fracking are simply too high to ignore,” Becerra said in a statement.

“We won’t ignore the facts and science when it comes to protecting our people, economy, and environment — and we’re taking the Trump Administration to court to prove it,” he added.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in California, claims that the administration’s environmental impacts statement ignores possible effects on people living near oil and gas wells.

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