Feds sued over Santa Barbara fracking permits

Dec 3, 2014 5:44 PM by News Staff

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - An environmental group is suing the government for approving the use of hydraulic fracturing - fracking - on oil platforms off the Southern California coast.

The Environmental Defense Center says it filed suit Wednesday in federal court against the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

The lawsuit argues that the agency failed to get public or environmental review before approving 51 permits for offshore oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel to drill using fracking or acid well stimulation.

The procedures inject water, acid and other chemicals into the ground to fracture or dissolve rock.

The lawsuit contends that poses pollution risks and threatens endangered species in the channel, including whales and otters.

An after-hours call to the federal agency seeking comment was not immediately returned.

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