The federal government must consider endangered species like sea otters before issue fracking permits off California’s southern coast. In what environmentalists are calling a major victory, a California judge ruled Friday that the Trump administration cannot approve any new fracking off the state’s southern coast until a full review is done assessing the controversial technique’s impact on endangered species and coastal resources, The San Francisco Chronicle reported . "Endangered sea otters and other critters just won a reprieve from the Trump administration’s assault on our oceans for dirty oil," Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) Oceans Program Legal Director Kristen Monsell said in a press release . "We plan to celebrate this great victory in the fight against climate change and dirty fossil fuels ." BREAKING: We just won a crucial victory in our lawsuit to stop offshore fracking! A federal judge ordered the Trump… — Center for Bio Div (@CenterForBioDiv) 1541798045.0 The ruling is especially urgent given the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which found we must lower greenhouse gas emissions to 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030 in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. […]


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