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FEATURING NAYAMIN MARTINEZ – The Trump administration on Thursday released a plan to open up more than a million acres of public and private land to hydraulic fracturing in Calfornia. The lands being targeted cover several Central California counties including eastern Fresno, western Kern, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura. California has had a 5-year fracking moratorium on federal land after a judge ruled for a pause in operations to better study the health and environmental impacts. Clare Lakewood, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity told the Los Angeles Times, “The Central Valley has some of the worst air quality in the nation, and we know fracking and drilling make air quality worse.” The plan is expected to be blocked by lawsuits that environmental groups are already readying.

Nayamin Martinez, Director of the Central California Environmental Justice Network.

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