California Issues Two Dozen New Fracking Permits

by | Jan 14, 2021

In early April, the California Geologic Energy Management Division issued 24 hydraulic fracturing permits in Kern Country, the state’s primary industrial-scale agricultural region, KPBS reported. They’re the first new permits the agency has issued in nine months, and came six months after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on new drilling statewide. Status: Permits granted April 3, 2020.

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