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Golden State sued over oil and gas permit issues

Belridge oil field pipes and jacks, Kern County, CA

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Wednesday against California challenging the state’s approval of thousands of permits to drill for oil and gas. The environmental advocacy organization has asked the court to issue an injunction compelling the state to follow the California Environmental Quality Act when permitting of oil and gas wells.

The group says the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM), which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, issues drilling approvals with no or incomplete environmental reviews and leans on inappropriate exemptions under the state’s central environmental law.

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