Description: Lawsuit challenging the supplemental environmental impact statement prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for a resource management plan allowing hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in California.
Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 01/29/2020 Order Download Transfer order declined. The judge who heard earlier cases challenging 2014 decisions declined the transfer of the case to his calendar. 01/14/2020 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Challenged Supplemental EIS for Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal Lands in California. Environmental groups filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the Central District of California challenging the supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a resource management plan allowing hydraulic fracturing on 400,000 acres of public lands and 1.2 million acres of federal mineral estate in California. BLM prepared the SEIS to address issues identified by the court in earlier cases. The plaintiffs alleged that the SEIS’s consideration of climate change impacts was inadequate. The environmental groups contended that the SEIS relied on “arbitrary and unsupported” predictions of the number of wells that would be fracked and underestimated climate and other impacts. 01/14/2020 Notice Download Notice of related cases filed.