Governor Gavin Newsom, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the California Air Resources Board, the California Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources, have joined environmental conservation groups in suing the Trump Administration over its plan to allow oil drilling and fracking on more than 1 million acres of public lands and minerals in Central California, including a parcel in Carpinteria.
The lawsuit, filed on Jan. 17, challenges the same plan and region as a separate suit filed on Jan. 14 by Los Padres ForestWatch, Patagonia, and six other environmental and social justice organizations, citing similar concerns.
“We are fortunate to live in a state that is not afraid to stand up to defend our environment, public lands, critical water supplies and our communities,” said Rebecca August, advocacy director of Los Padres ForestWatch. “This is an issue that impacts all California residents, as well as the broader global community. The state suit augments our case, and further legitimizes our concerns.”