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If you really don't want the drilling maybe you should take note from CA? just sayin'

Posted by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 2:14 AM
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Calif. Dodges Oil Drilling Proposals

Matsui Praises Obama's Decision

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --

 

California's longstanding political opposition to offshore oil drilling led to President Barack Obama's decision to exclude the state from his new drilling proposals.

 

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar acknowledged the White House's unwillingness to pick a fight.

 

"California is a place where you have the entire Pacific Coast, including governors and senators, opposed to any kind of offshore drilling," Salazar told KCRA 3. "Given the area's national wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries, to actually develop the Pacific Ocean is not something that's going to happen."

 

Some three dozen oil leases, most dating from the Reagan White House, are currently pumping oil in federal waters off California. Obama is essentially calling for extending a moratorium on new drilling off California that's been in place since it was put in place in 1991 by President George H. W. Bush.

 

Congresswoman Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, praised the president's decision.

"I believe there would've been quite an outcry. In a bipartisan way, I think most people in California believe that we should not be doing any more drilling off our coast more than we're doing now," Matsui said.

 

Public opposition to drilling has been strong ever since a disastrous oil spill on a Union Oil platform near Santa Barbara in January, 1969. But some environmentalists believe Obama's green light to drill off the Gulf and Atlantic coasts will ultimately encourage more development off California.

 

"As oil companies start to put their rigs up, they're going to look for other places to make justifications to open up our coast too", Dan Jacobson of Environment California said.

 

Jacobson and other major environmental groups are unhappy with efforts by PXP, a Texas oil firm, to expand drilling in state waters off the Santa Barbara County coast. That project, called Tranquillon Ridge, is expected to face a vote before the state Lands Commission later this year.

 

The Western States Petroleum Association, in a statement on its Web site, said, "There are more than 10 million barrels of crude oil reserves located off the California coast."

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