Fracking In Monterey County Blocked — Temporarily

The land of Steinbeck has more to it than fertile soil from which the nation's spinach and strawberries sprout: The country's biggest supply of shale oil lies below the central California turf.
The Monterey Shale extends through most of central California and has as much as 15.4 million barrels of oil, according to an estimate. 
The Obama Administration gave companies the go-ahead to use hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — to try and tap that gas, but a judge on Monday ruled that the oil leases did not judge the environmental impact of fracking and are illegal, according to reports.

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