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U.S. Judge Refuses To Halt Fracking In Nevada

A federal judge will not block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing that could cause more environmental damage than the Bureau of Land Management admits. U.S. District Judge, Miranda Du, ruled she has no authority to grant opponents' request for an emergency order at this time to prevent the BLM from formally issuing the leases in a vast swath of central Nevada.

Lawyer Glade Hall, who represents the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking, says they're considering refiling their complaint. The coalition of ranchers, farmers and others say the BLM has abused its authority by limiting public comment and failing to conduct an adequate review of the potential effects of the fracking.

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