New California Lawsuit Claims Recently Issued Drilling Permits Do Not Comply with State Environmental Regulations

Recently, the Center for Biological Diversity sued the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), complaining that the DOGGR has issued permits for hydraulic fracturing that violate its Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program and “its statutory mandate to assure that hydraulic fracturing does not cause damage to life, health, property, natural resources, and underground or surface waters.”

The Center seeks an injunction preventing the DOGGR from issuing permits for oil and gas well operations “without tracking, monitoring, or otherwise supervising the high-risk, unconventional underground injection practice of hydraulic fracturing . . . ”

Read the Complaint.

This article was prepared by Barclay Nicholson ( or 713 651 3662) from Fulbright's Litigation Practice Group.