By Nao Braverman
On April 23 three conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for their plans to expand oil drilling in the Los Padres National Forest.
The Los Padres Forest Watch, Center for Biological Diversity, and Defenders of Wildlife claim that the administration’s decision violates the 1970 National Environmental Policy Act and the 1976 National Forest Management Act, as increased drilling would harm the endangered California condor and other wildlife and plants.
“The expansion of oil drilling in our local wild lands is fundamentally incompatible with forest recreation, clean air, and the protection of wild life,” said Jeff Kuyper, executive director of Los Padres Forest Watch. “Unfortunately, this administration has ignored the concerns of our community. By filing this lawsuit we’re drawing the line and saying enough is enough.”