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California AG Becerra Sues Administration Over Repeal of Fracking Rule

January 24, 2018
Contact: stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu

Washington, D.C.— California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a lawsuitchallenging the Department of the Interior’s repeal of a commonsense Fracking Rule for federal and tribal lands that would have required solid drilling-well construction, proper wastewater management, and the disclosure of chemicals used during the fracking process. The regulations were finalized during the Obama Administration but, due to legal challenges, did not take effect.

“Once again, President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke didn’t let the law or facts get in their way in their zeal to repeal the 2015 Fracking Rule,” said Attorney General Becerra. “The Interior Department’s own factual record shows that the risks to our health and environment are real. So, once again, the California Department of Justice will get in the way of another reckless Trump violation of our laws.” 

"By trying to wipe the Fracking Rule off the books, the Trump Administration is once again putting the financial interests of the oil and gas industry ahead of public health and the environment," said David J. Hayes, executive director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center. "Attorney General Becerra's lawsuit challenges the Administration's wholesale abandonment of sensible, cost-effective fracking protections developed during an extensive, four-year public process. Americans deserve better than a 'trust us' approach that fails to forthrightly address fracking-related drilling risks to our public lands."   

ABOUT THE STATE IMPACT CENTER: The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center is a non-partisan Center at the NYU School of Law that is dedicated to helping state attorneys general fight against regulatory rollbacks and advocate for clean energy, climate change, and environmental values and protections. It was launched in August 2017 with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies. For more information, visit http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/state-impact.