This article discusses how the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment is suing to block oil drilling next to people’s homes.
On October 1, 2018, the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment (CRPE) joined the law firm of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP in filing a lawsuit on behalf of the Committee for a Better Arvin (CBA) to stop Petro-Lud, Inc. from constructing and drilling four new oil wells adjacent to homes within Arvin city limits. Petro-Lud is a full-service drilling and service company operating primarily in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
CRPE said the city approved the project without conducting the environmental review required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The lawsuit filed in the Kern County Superior Court states, “The City found the Project exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (‘CEQA’), Public Resources Code section 21000 et seq., under a “categorical exemption” intended for construction of a single-family home or a small retail establishment—not an intensive industrial activity like oil and gas operations. The City’s approval of the Project was a clear abuse of discretion and should be set aside.”