Land Resources
The BLM's bogus fracking report

To the editor: The recent decision by the Bureau of Land Management to resume oil and gas leasing in California defies reason. ("Fracking report clears way for California oil, gas leasing to resume," Aug. 28) Its report finds no groundwater contamination from fracking — based on no data. Scientists asked for more time to conduct research but were denied. No information was found about toxicity of a third of the chemicals used. Some information that companies self-reported didn't jibe with information they gave to regulatory agencies. Beyond that, the decision will only increase the carbon emissions contributing to California's drought and allow companies to...