The U.S. District Court, San Jose Division, found the Bureau of Land Management violated federal environmental law when it leased public lands to be fracked for natural gas and oil. The order, released April 8, affects 2,700 acres of land in Monterey and Fresno Counties. The bureau \u201cunreasonably\u201d relied on data from an \u201cearlier single-well development scenario\u201d instead of the multiple well fracking in the new leases, the court wrote. Any development could affect air quality, water resources, and wildlife\u2014including the California condor and the anadromous Central Coast steelhead trout\u2014noted the order. The Bureau responded that fracking effects are \u201clargely unknown\u201d and that\u2019s why it relied on the one-well scenario. \u201cThat is precisely why proper investigation\u201d is \u201ccrucial,\u201d noted the court. The court did side with the Bureau on its claims that under the Mineral Leasing Act the agency does not have to impose on lessees to employ specific mitigation technologies. The lawsuit against the Bureau was filed by the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity.