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Oct 16, 2012 6:52 PM by The Associated Press

Conservation groups sue Calif agency over fracking

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Conservation groups are suing the California's oil and gas drilling regulators over hydraulic fracturing, charging officials with failing to properly study environmental impacts of the practice as required under state laws.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court charges that the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, also known as DOGGR, violated the state's environmental protection laws.

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is the practice of shooting water and chemicals at high pressure into underground rock formations to release oil or gas to the surface.

California currently does not distinguish fracking from other industry techniques.

The Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and other groups are suing to force the state to conduct environmental reviews before allowing fracking projects.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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