Description: Challenge to the approval of 17 oil and gas wells in Los Angeles and Kern Counties.
Center for Biological Diversity v. California Geologic Energy Management Division
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 12/01/2022 Petition for Writ of Mandate Download Verified petition for writ of mandate filed. Center for Biological Diversity Challenged California Agency’s Reliance on 1990s CEQA Documents for Oil Well Approvals. Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a lawsuit challenging the California Department of Conservation Geologic Energy Management Division’s (CalGEM’s) approval of 17 oil and gas wells in Los Angeles and Kern Counties. CBD contended that CalGEM violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by approving the well permits without adequate environmental review. The petition alleged that CalGEM relied on “antiquated, inapplicable, and inadequate environmental reviews of other agencies” that were conducted in the 1990s. The petition alleged that the CEQA documents were inadequate, including because they did not consider or disclose new information that had emerged since they were prepared about oil drilling’s significant impacts. The petition alleged that the CEQA documents did not mention greenhouse gases.