National Fracking Scene: Report in CA Says No Contamination from Fracking, But Lawsuit Gets Filed by Environmental Groups; Fracking Advocates Rally in New York

From the LA Times:
A new report on hydraulic fracking at the Inglewood Oil Field found that the controversial oil extraction method used at two wells did not have significant effects on the environment or on the health of those living near the 1,200-acre site.
More than 200 residents of the Baldwin Hills area turned out Monday evening to hear the findings and question the author of the environmental impact study. The meeting was organized by Plains Exploration & Production Co., the owner and operator of the field that paid for the study, and was held at Knox Presbyterian Church in Ladera Heights.
As the findings of the yearlong report were announced by its author, Daniel Tormey of Cardno Entrix, some residents shook their heads in disbelief, some jotted down notes, while others held up signs that read "Stop Fracking Now" and "Stop the Insanity."
Read that entire article here.

Of course, despite that report, environmental groups - including Earthworks and the Sierra Club - filed a lawsuit in California that seeks to, basically, halt all natural gas development.  It can be read here.

Meanwhile in New York a fracking rally was held, but not the typical type.  This one featured people storming the capitol city of Albany to tell Governor Cuomo to stop dragging his feet and allow fracking.  From WNYC News:
The State Capitol has been the scene of numerous noisy demonstrations on the controversial natural gas drilling technique of hydraulic fracture, otherwise known as fracking. But on Monday it was supporters of drilling, not opponents, who took to Albany to protest.
A crowd of several hundred, chanting “no more delays,” gathered for a march and rally outside the State Capitol.
They include land owners in the Marcellus Shale region with gas drilling leases and workers who live in New York but have jobs that are dependent on gas drilling elsewhere.
After a more than four year long re-evaluation process that’s being conducted by the state under two different governors, all say they are tired of waiting.
Read the rest of the article here.

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