The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the United States Interior Department on February 19, 2015, alleging the violation of three federal laws for oil and gas development offshore California. The results from the lawsuit could potentially affect the oversight of all offshore activity, including those in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Center cited several reasons behind its decision, including wastewater disposal, potential spills, harm to wildlife and the lack of an environmental review. The word “frack” was used 19 times in t...


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