California Sues Trump Administration over Fracking Rule

People walk past anti-fracking messages written on a wall during a demonstration outside Lancashire County Hall in Preston, northwest England, on June 23, 2015 against the applications from energy firm Cuadrilla to start two fracking operations on nearby sites. Lancashire County Council were expected to vote on June 24 on …
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general is suing the Trump administration for rolling back a fracking rule that he says is designed to protect public health and the environment.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra (HAH-vee-air Bah-sehr’-ah) announced the lawsuit as he celebrated his first year as California’s top law enforcement official.

He says his office has filed 25 lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s administration.

The latest suit challenges the federal Bureau of Land Management’s rollback of a major rule last month governing fracking, which cracks open underground oil and gas deposits with pressurized water, sand and chemicals. The rule would require drilling companies to disclose the chemicals they use for fracking.

Becerra says the administration broke the law by not following required procedures including getting public comment.

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