WOKV-TVRep. John Rutherford leading bipartisan effort to prevent seismic testing in Atlantic
Rutherford says he and 92 other members of Congress signed a letter addressed to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging them not to allow this testing to move forward, as he worries it's the first major step toward opening areas of the Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling.
Washington PostTrump administration approves seismic tests that could harm thousands of Atlantic dolphins and whales
In addition to harming sea life, acoustic tests — in which acoustic waves are sent through water 10 to 12 seconds apart to image the sea floor — can disrupt thriving commercial fisheries. Governors, state lawmakers and attorneys general along the Atlantic coast say drilling threatens beach tourism that has flourished on the coast in the absence of oil production.
San Diego Union-TribuneWhy San Diego coast needs protection from offshore drilling
The California coastline is wonderfully unique. The marine life is a draw for tourists and vital for California livelihoods. That’s why it is so important that NOAA takes what it heard from San Diegans and translates it into policy action that will maintain the delicate balance that allows the Pacific Ocean and San Diego’s economy to thrive.
Voice of OCNaudé: Defending California’s Beaches and Coastal Businesses
Our sunshine, beaches and waves launched the $26.5 billion surf industry that has grown into an integral part of our communities and economy. That is why the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has joined 2,200 other West Coast companies working to defend against the threat of new offshore oil and gas drilling.
The HillTrump’s half-baked offshore drilling plan is not safe
Trump’s plan is very real, and neither he nor Zinke have any intention of slowing down. That’s why our leaders in Congress must step up and stop it themselves, declaring the California coast off-limits to the whims of Big Oil.
GuardianClaws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change
For the fourth-generation crab fisherman John Beardon, the warming of Pacific waters off the coast of California has meant toxic crabs, shortened fishing seasons and a near decimation of his livelihood as a crab boat captain.
San Francisco ChronicleU.S. judge bars Trump administration from OKing fracking off California coast
A federal judge barred the Trump administration Friday from approving oil companies’ requests to use the high-pressure drilling technique known as fracking in offshore wells along the Southern California coast until a review of the possible effects on endangered species and state coastal resources.
Washington PostA 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history
An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history.
Peninsula Daily NewsTraveling surfboard expresses opposition to offshore oil drilling
The Surfrider Foundation’s traveling surfboard represents opposition to offshore oil drilling by the coastal recreation and tourism industries. All business owners are invited to sign it.
News GuardTRAVELING SURFBOARD: Protest against offshore drilling
The surfboard represents opposition to offshore oil drilling by the coastal recreation and tourism industries and invites other business owners to join in signing the board.
Sierra SunPoll shows voter support for environmental issues
Of the 706 voters surveyed, the poll showed that 84 percent total, including 79 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of independents, supported protection of public lands, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and opposed offshore drilling.
Newport News TimesNewport businesses stand against offshore drilling
Offshore drilling may not be on the mind of every American, but for coastal businesses, it could have a grave effect.
The Daily AstorianLocal businesses oppose offshore drilling
Members of Seaside’s surfing community let their voices be heard as they joined the Surfrider Foundation in a business alliance to oppose to offshore oil drilling...
The Epoch TimesCalifornia Adopted More Restrictive Policies to Limit New Offshore Oil Drilling
Policies prohibiting any new offshore oil drilling and affiliated infrastructure construction within California state waters were adopted as Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills on Sept. 8, which symbolize an effort against the recent oil drilling expansion plan proposed by the federal government.
Offshore Energy TodayCalifornia governor signs bill to block offshore oil drilling
The governor signed the bills over the last weekend and announced the state’s opposition to the federal government’s plan to expand oil drilling on public lands in California.
Huffington PostCalifornia Gov. Signs Laws To Thwart Trump’s Offshore Drilling Scheme
New state laws would block gas and oil from reaching shore for distribution.
Think ProgressCalifornia just struck a major blow against Trump’s offshore drilling plans
The war between coastal governors and the Trump administration over offshore drilling escalated this weekend, as California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills that would effectively prevent new drilling projects off the state’s coasts.
CNBCCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown moves to block Trump on offshore drilling: ‘Not here, not now’
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to thwart the Trump administration's efforts to expand offshore oil drilling along the California coast.
Los Angeles TimesGov. Brown signs bills to block Trump’s offshore oil drilling plan
Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two bills that would block new offshore oil drilling in California by barring the construction of pipelines, piers, wharves or other infrastructure necessary to transport the oil and gas from federal waters to state land.
Mercury NewsJerry Brown signs new laws to block Trump’s California offshore oil drilling plans
In a move aimed at stopping President Trump’s plans to expand offshore oil drilling along the California coast, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two laws that prohibit construction of new pipelines that could bring the oil and gas to shore.
KEYT (Santa Barbara)New bill blocks new federal offshore oil drilling along California Coast
Orange County RegisterThese are the ocean protection bills awaiting Gov. Brown’s signature
After years of toiling for a host of stronger environmental protections for the ocean — and faced with the renewed prospect of oil drilling proposed by the Trump administration — activists are celebrating six ocean-centric bills approved by the state Legislature last week.
The Coast NewsCandidates, citizen discuss health of the Pacific Ocean
More than 80 North County residents gathered on Aug. 25 at the Encinitas Public Library for a public forum to discuss the health of the Pacific Ocean.
Associated PressThe Latest on action in the California Legislature
1 p.m.: The California Legislature has approved a measure aimed at blocking new offshore oil drilling in federal waters of the state's coast.
Ventura County StarEditorial: A poison pill for new offshore drilling?
The state Legislature took an important step this week toward protecting California’s coast from a reckless Trump administration and its friends in the oil industry. The next move is now up to Gov. Jerry Brown, and we urge him to take it without delay.
Mercury NewsCalifornia passes bill to block Trump’s offshore oil drilling plans
In the biggest move yet aimed at blocking the Trump administration’s plans to allow new offshore oil drilling off the California coast, state lawmakers have approved a bill that would ban construction of any new pipelines to get the oil to shore.
Environment News ServiceCalifornia Blocks Trump’s Oil Drilling Off State Coast
California is using its control over the last three miles between the Pacific Ocean and the shore to thwart President Donald Trump’s plans to open the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf to new drilling for oil and gas.
Orange County RegisterBill aimed at blocking new oil rigs offshore heads to Gov. Jerry Brown
A bill that would be a major deterrent to new federal offshore oil leases was approved by the Assembly on Monday in a largely party-line vote and now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has spoken out against the proposed leases.
Orange County RegisterBusinesses join environmentalists to warn Trump’s oil drilling plan might hurt California tourism
The potential impact on local businesses and tourism was emphasized by most of the panelists at a Wednesday forum at the Newport Beach Civic Center, one of four town halls being held throughout Southern California this month to discuss the prospect of new oil leases.
Sacramento BeeThese two bills are crucial to protect California’s coast from offshore drilling
Two bills – Senate Bill 834 and Assembly Bill 1775 – are crucial to fending off the Trump’s administration’s plans to offer six offshore leases as soon as 2020.
Los Angeles TimesCalifornia moving to block federal off-shore oil leases at the pipeline
The bill has cleared the Assembly and is in the Senate, which must act by the end of the month. It should.
Santa Rosa Press DemocratEditorial: Protect California’s coast from oil drilling
President Donald Trump wants to open California’s coastal waters to oil drilling. State lawmakers can’t stop him, but they can make it very difficult to pull off drilling. The time to act is now.
Sacramento BeeOffshore oil drilling to get cheaper gas? Not worth it, California leaders say
Opposition also came from less expected sources, including some of the state’s most prominent Republicans.
Orange County RegisterEnvironmental forums across Southern California will focus on oil drilling, public lands
Concerned with the prospects of new offshore oil drilling and easing of protections for public lands, environmentalists and community leaders will hold a series of public forums throughout Southern California over the next two weeks.
San Francisco ChronicleEditorial: Offshore drilling bans advance in Legislature
The legislative votes here could have a resounding effect in Washington. Zinke is still fine-tuning the leasing plan. Federal law obliges him to weigh the laws and policies of affected states such as California. If those standards hold true, it’s hard to see how new leases could be issued. Sacramento is making it clear that there’s no support for oil drilling here.
Santa Rosa Press DemocratAssembly, Senate bills that would ban development of oil-related facilities in state clear hurdles in Legislature
Two bills aimed at protecting California’s coast from offshore oil drilling cleared a hurdle in Sacramento on Thursday, delighting environmental activists and a North Coast lawmaker as they girded for an upcoming battle with the powerful oil industry.
Los Angeles TimesFirst came the proclamations against Trump’s offshore drilling plan. Now comes the legislation
When the Trump administration proposed opening California waters to drilling on an unprecedented scale, state leaders said they would do whatever it takes to keep new oil operations at bay. But promises only go so far.
Santa Rosa Press DemocratCalifornia anti-oil drilling bills face critical test in Legislature
The fate of two bills considered the California coast’s best protection against the Trump administration’s new offshore oil drilling plan is at stake in an obscure legislative process playing out Thursday at the Capitol.
Orange County RegisterPressure to oppose new offshore oil drilling grows for GOP Congress members in Southern California
Despite recent polling showing the state’s voters strongly opposed to new offshore oil drilling, few Southern California’s GOP Congress members are speaking out against it.
KALW-FM (San Francisco)California Speaks: Should oil drilling be allowed off the coast?
California is facing another showdown with the Trump administration. This time over offshore drilling. As part of a state-wide, multi-station project based here at KALW, we asked you to share your thoughts.
The HillLawmakers aim to use spending bill to block offshore drilling
House lawmakers in both parties are hoping to use a spending bill to block offshore oil and natural gas drilling in the waterways off their states’ coasts.
Times of San DiegoOpinion: How California Can Stop Offshore Drilling and Protect Our Coastal Economy
We can’t control what happens in federal waters, but we do control our shores. By passing AB 1775 and SB 834, we can send a strong message to Washington D.C. that our oceans are not for sale.
The Coast News GroupProposed California legislation would thwart federal drilling plans
Two bills are making their way through the California Legislature in an attempt to protect the state’s coast from the Trump administration’s proposal to expand offshore drilling.
Marin Independent JournalEditorial: We have too much to lose with Trump’s offshore oil drilling plan
Our bay and beaches have already witnessed the environmental damage that oil spills can create. President Donald Trump’s plans to open the door even wider to that threat doesn’t make sense, from environmental, economic and energy standpoints.
KQEDCalifornia Moves Closer to Banning Federal Offshore Drilling
California joins a growing number of states passing new laws intended to fend off any new offshore oil drilling.
The HillMajority of voters oppose Trump offshore drilling plan: poll
More than half of voters oppose proposed plans by the Trump administration to expand oil and gas drilling off coastal states, according to a poll out Tuesday.
Orange County RegisterCalifornia opposition to offshore oil drilling mounts with 3 Huntington Beach events in May
With the Trump administration moving toward offering new offshore leases for oil drilling for the first time since 1984, activists are increasingly rallying the public to oppose those plans — including three events planned for Huntington Beach in May.
The HillOffshore drilling and exploration proposals prove no lessons learned after BP Deepwater Horizon
Eight years ago, in the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, BP’s exploratory Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded.
Associated PressNew Jersey governor signs drill ban to thwart Trump plan
On the anniversary of the largest marine oil spill in the petroleum industry, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday prohibiting oil and natural gas drilling in state waters, as well as preventing infrastructure like pipelines that could support drilling in more distant federal waters.
Associated PressCalifornia offshore oil firms hit with nearly 400 violations
Oil and gas companies drilling in state waters off Southern California violated regulations nearly 400 times in the past three years, according to a report being released Wednesday by an environmental group.
Associated PressInterior Secretary: ‘Opposition’ to Offshore Drill Plan
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acknowledges there is "a lot of opposition" to President Donald Trump's plan to open most of the nation's coastline to oil and gas drilling.
Marin Independent JournalEditorial: Trump’s pursuit of offshore oil is wrongheaded
Marin’s staunch opposition to offshore oil drilling should come as no surprise. It is a long-standing, strong and wise stance to take.
Press DemocratAnti-drilling sentiment unanimous at Bay Area hearing on Trump oil plan
Lynda Hopkins, a Sonoma County supervisor and mother of two young daughters, said she has two red lines: “Don’t mess with my kids and don’t mess with my ocean.”
Mother JonesThe Trump Administration Is Pushing to Sell Offshore Drilling Leases, and It’s Tanking Profits for Taxpayers
The largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in US history, which included all available areas in the Gulf of Mexico, garnered only tepid interest from oil and gas companies on Wednesday. Industry and government representatives called the results encouraging and consistent. Critics deemed it an “embarrassing flop.”
Associated PressPermanent offshore oil drilling ban approved by Oregon legislature
Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the Pacific coast for petroleum exploration and extraction.
Washington PostThe objections to offshore drilling are economic, environmental and bipartisan
Offshore drilling in the Atlantic and the related seismic airgun blasting used to identify oil and gas deposits pose unacceptable risks to East Coast economies, marine life and our environment.
The Coast NewsVista City Council opposes offshore drilling
Despite being an inland city, the resolution has garnered attention for the traditional conservative city. Deputy Mayor John Franklin brought the item forward, which called for opposing offshore drilling.
Washington PostZinke: Oil and gas exploration off the Pacific coast might not happen
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressed doubt Tuesday that oil and gas exploration will happen off the Pacific coast as part of the Trump administration's proposal to dramatically expand offshore leasing, saying California, Oregon and Washington have "no known resources of any weight" for energy companies to extract.
Voice of San DiegoOffshore Oil Drilling Threatens Our Coastal Economies and Military Operations
As a retired Naval officer and elected councilman, I have a responsibility to speak up. Rep. Duncan Hunter should do the same.
Orange County RegisterUS doesn’t need Orange County’s coast to achieve energy independence
When U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke kicked off 2018 with a proposal to vastly expand the availability of the Outer Continental Shelf for future oil and gas development, fears immediately surfaced that the few platforms dotting Orange County’s coast for decades would soon be joined by legions more.
Huffington PostNew Offshore Drilling Analysis Shows What Trump’s Plan Puts At Stake
The proposal threatens more than 2.5 million coastal jobs for roughly two years worth of oil, an ocean conservation nonprofit reports.
McClatchy NewsInterior Secretary gets strong GOP resistance to drilling plan, starts backing off
Facing mounting pressure from fellow Republicans who see little consistuent support for drilling off the Atlantic coast, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke could be backpedaling on the Trump administration’s initial plans to expand the program, GOP lawmakers told McClatchy.
OceanaAnalysis Finds Federal Offshore Drilling Plan Threatens 2.6 Million Jobs, $180 Billion in GDP
Clean Coast Economies Along Atlantic, Pacific and Eastern Gulf Risked for Only Two Years’ Worth of Oil and One Year’s Worth of Gas
Voice of San DiegoIf Trump Wants to Drill for Oil in San Diego Waters, He’ll Have to Get Through His Navy
The Trump administration’s attempt to allow oil drilling off the San Diego coast is running into an old obstacle: the Department of Defense.
USA TodayTrump administration set to roll out massive offshore oil plan, but many in GOP don’t want it
Republicans have joined Democrats in introducing bills, writing letters and making both public and private appeals to the administration, all asking for an exemption for their states like the one then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke granted to Florida's then-Gov. Rick Scott a year ago.
Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific CoastBAPPC Membership Statement
California is on a path towards clean, renewable energy that creates jobs, bolsters the economy, and protects our coastline, natural and economic resources, and marine ecosystems from the risks of oil spills. We, therefore, strongly support efforts underway at the local, state, and national level to oppose new or expanded offshore oil and gas development.
Washington PostFor many Republicans, Trump’s offshore drilling plan and beaches don’t mix
After waiting in the morning chill for other lawmakers to speak, state Rep. Nancy Mace finally took the microphone. She was the General Assembly’s newest member, only four weeks on the job, “a baby among these folks,” she told the crowd.
Ventura County StarOxnard city council to consider a resolution to oppose offshore drilling
The proposed resolution states the city’s opposition to new oil and gas leases off the Ventura County coast and the expansion of such leases. The resolution also supports phasing out oil and gas extraction and the development of new renewable energy projects.
CALmattersCalifornia taxpayers could foot the bill to shutter old oil rigs in the Pacific
It’s been nearly three years since an oil pipeline ruptured in Santa Barbara County, coating seven miles of beaches with crude oil and killing dolphins, birds and sea lions.
CNN MoneyTrump’s offshore drilling plan could hurt Maine lobsters and Maryland crabs
Maine lobsters. Maryland crabs. Washington tribal land. South Carolina tourism. All are vulnerable to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling.
Salem Statesman JournalOffshore drilling ban poised to pass Oregon Legislature
Oregon is poised to permanently ban offshore drilling, and to prohibit any drilling infrastructure from crossing state waters.
National Public RadioHow California’s Worst Oil Spill Turned Beaches Black And The Nation Green
The disaster, which made headlines across the nation, helped create the modern environmental movement. It also led to restrictions on offshore drilling — restrictions the Trump Administration is trying to loosen.
Huffington PostCalifornia Eyes Stricter Pipeline Laws Despite Trump Opposition
The bill, which comes in the face of reported plans by President Donald Trump to limit states’ abilities to block pipelines, would require all pipelines in the state be operated according to California laws, preventing operators from shirking those in favor of following less rigid federal ones.
San Francisco ChronicleEditorial: Santa Barbara oil spill 50 years ago created California as we know it today
Overnight, California’s magnificent 1,100-mile coastline went from a much-loved destination to a threatened public treasure. In less than a decade, the Legislature and voters passed a series of laws and regulations to safeguard the quality of the environment, protect the shoreline, establish a moratorium on offshore oil drilling and enact a coastal protection plan.
WJHGRep. Dunn, Florida Delegation send letter to Sec. Mattis on offshore drilling
Congressman Neal Dunn and Senator Marco Rubio are leading the entire Florida delegation to ensure the Sunshine State is kept off the table for offshore drilling. They've sent a letter, signed by all 29 Florida lawmakers, to Defense Secretary James Mattis.
The San Luis Obispo TribuneSan Luis Obispo passes resolution against new oil pipeline, oil trucks through County
Doubling down on its commitment to advocate against the expansion of oil extraction, the San Luis Obispo City Council has passed a resolution opposing new proposals to truck and pipe crude oil from offshore platforms through San Luis Obispo County.
The HillTrump administration to bring back offshore drilling staff during shutdown
BOEM made clear that the workers newly exempted from the shutdown are there to carry out President Trump’s agenda.
CBS NewsAnother GOP Governor Wants State Excluded from Trump Offshore Drilling Plan
WASHINGTON — Opposition to the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling is mounting as Democrats from coastal states accuse President Donald Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders and a second Republican governor asks to withdraw his state from the plan.
NPRFlorida Receives Offshore Drilling Exemption; Others Want It, Too
In Florida, some are calling the Trump administration's announcement that the state is exempt from a plan to expand offshore drilling a political stunt to help Gov. Rick Scott.
PoliticoCalifornia Republicans Don’t Embrace Florida Counterparts’ Fury Over Drilling Plan
California Republicans have generally embraced or ignored the Trump administration's efforts to allow more offshore drilling near their beaches — a stark contrast to the furious reaction from their counterparts in Florida that, in part, convinced Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to quickly reverse plans for new drilling there.
Eureka Times StandardHuffman pushes ban on offshore drilling on West Coast
Huffman has previously indicated he believes that “a true ‘America first’ energy policy keeps oil off our beaches and invests in home-grown renewable sources of power.”
BloombergCoastal States Link Arms to Oppose Trump Offshore Drilling Plan
State lawmakers from nine states introduced bills Jan. 8 aimed at blocking oil and gas drilling off their coasts.
Associated PressState lawmakers join forces against offshore drilling
Lawmakers in coastal states are acting on the subject because of potential harms to critical industries such as tourism and commercial fishing, said Oregon Sen. Arnie Roblan.
CNNIs the White House Declaring a Policy War on California?
It's Washington versus California on marijuana, climate change, offshore oil drilling and immigration this week as bubbling disagreements between President Donald Trump's administration and California all seemed to spill over at once.
Office of Darrell IssaIssa Statement on Interior Department Oil Drilling Plan
VISTA, Calif. -- Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista), a member of the House Climate Solutions Caucus, released the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior's oil drilling plan:
Office of the GovernorPacific Coast Governors Condemn Federal Decision to Expand Offshore Drilling
SACRAMENTO – California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued the following statement today in response to the federal proposal to expand oil and gas offshore drilling, including in Pacific waters, for the first time in decades:
The Huffington PostEast Coast Republicans Slam Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan
The Trump administration’s plan to open nearly all U.S. waters to oil drilling is already taking heat from an unlikely source: Republicans.
The Los Angeles TimesCalifornia Offshore Drilling Could Be Expanded for the First Time Since 1984 Under Federal Leasing Proposal
The Trump administration, inviting a political backlash from coastal state leaders, on Thursday proposed to open for exploration the largest expanse of the nation’s offshore oil and natural gas reserves ever offered to global energy companies, including waters off the coast of California.
The Washington PostTrump Administration Plan Would Widely Expand Drilling in U.S. Continental Waters
The Trump administration unveiled a controversial proposal Thursday to permit drilling in most U.S. continental-shelf waters, including protected areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic, where oil and gas exploration is opposed by governors from New Jersey to Florida, nearly a dozen attorneys general, more than 100 U.S. lawmakers and the Defense Department.
East Bay TimesHayward comes out against proposal for offshore drilling
Approximately 75 California cities or counties have passed resolutions opposing expansion of drilling along the coast, a move that the administration announced in January last year as part of allowing drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters.