Citing risks to public health and marine life, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the California Coastal Commission filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the federal government’s inadequate analysis of offshore fracking’s threats to the California coast.
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Monday’s suit comes after an oil company proposed to conduct California’s first offshore frack in almost two years. The oil company, DCOR, LLC, hopes to frack an offshore well in the Santa Barbara Channel. The company would be allowed to discharge chemical-laden fracking flowback fluid into the ocean.
“Kudos to Kamala Harris for fighting to protect our ocean from fracking chemicals,” said Kristen Monsell, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Offshore fracking raises deep concerns among the millions of people who live, work and play on California’s beautiful coast. Whether it’s done on land or off our shores, fracking is a toxic threat to our state’s air, water and wildlife.”
Fearing expanded offshore oil development under the Trump administration, the center and the Wishtoyo Foundation last…