ENVIRONMENTAL - CALIFORNIA

King and Gardiner Farms, LLC v. County of Kern

Court of Appeal, Fifth District, California - February 25, 2020 - Cal.Rptr.3d - 2020 WL 913788 - 20 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 1691 - 2020 Daily Journal D.A.R. 1786

Farm company and environmental organizations filed separate petitions for writ of mandate and complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief against county, naming oil associations as real parties in interest and alleging that ordinance facilitating oil and gas exploration, drilling, and production violated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and State Planning and Zoning Law.

Actions were consolidated. Following trial, the Superior Court found environmental impact report (EIR) was deficient in analyzing environmental impacts of ordinance on rangeland and of road paving mitigation measure, but denied all other CEQA claims, and issued judgments. Petitioners appealed.

The Court of Appeal held that:



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