BLM wants anti-fracking suit dismissed in Nevada

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Updated: 9/03/2014 12:37 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for a rural Nevada group are asking a federal judge to block the issuance of oil and gas leases it says will be used for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, they say will harm the environment.

Reno attorney Glade Hall told U.S. District Judge Miranda Du Wednesday the Bureau of Land Management's environmental assessment is inadequate.

He says the BLM had no basis to conclude that issuing the leases later this month would have little or no impact across about 270 square miles of central Nevada.

Government lawyers asked the judge to dismiss the suit filed by Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking. They say the matter isn't ripe for legal challenge until BLM decides whether to issue an additional permit allowing drilling.

Arguments were continuing and Du didn't indicate when she would rule.

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TheGumption - 9/3/2014 4:26 PM
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Once again, environmental extremists jump in to wreck economic prosperity for Nevada. Consider North Dakota has been in a a major boom due to fracking and even during bad economic times, North Dakota has managed a $1 billion surplus in their budget. Next time people complain about budget cuts to education and other programs in the State now you know exactly who to blame.

fastd - 9/3/2014 2:27 PM
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They know this is the right thing to do,after all their future employers told them so.

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