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Stand with the Pacific Coast to Stop New Offshore Oil Drilling?

The federal government is currently considering opening waters off Southern California’s coast to new offshore drilling for the first time in over 30 years.

Our coastline and beaches are the soul of our region and fuel our economy, from tourism to the seafood industry. And we know what it’s like to have an oil spill disrupt our lives, pollute our beaches, and bring commerce to a halt. It’s why we haven’t issued new oil leases since 1984.

Why break a system that works and put our economy at risk?
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POLLING SHOWS STRONG OPPOSITION TO OPENING THE PACIFIC COAST TO NEW DRILLING:

Protecting the Pacific is a bipartisan issue, and a majority of conservatives and moderates oppose new offshore drilling:

55% of conservatives oppose new offshore drilling

67% of moderates oppose new offshore drilling

A recent poll of Californians shows a love for the coast and widespread opposition to new drilling:

95% agree condition of ocean is important to quality of life

67% of Californians oppose more oil drilling off the California coast

Whether they live by the coast or inland, North or South, the opposition to new offshore drilling is strong:

69% of Orange and San Diego counties oppose more oil drilling off the California coast

59% of inland Californians oppose more oil drilling off the California coast

Source: Public Policy Institute of California statewide survey, July 2018

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LOCAL BUSINESSES OPPOSE NEW OIL DRILLING

“Recreational and tourism businesses like mine suffer immeasurably when oil spills into our ocean and coats our coastline. California’s economy can’t risk another disaster like that.”

MICHAEL COHEN
Owner, Santa Barbara Adventure Company

“We now support a sustainable combined seafood industry worth hundreds of millions. Why would we jeopardize this renewable resource in pursuit of an outdated energy source?”

GREG DALE
Operations Manager, Coast Seafoods Company

“We have seen firsthand how devastating an oil spill can be, and we stand united against any attempts to open our coast to more dirty and dangerous offshore drilling.”

HANS COLE
Director of Environmental Campaigns and Advocacy, Patagonia, Inc.

“For the Trump Administration to consider opening the coastline to expand offshore oil drilling is as silly as promoting ‘back to coal.’ We are not turning back to an outdated dependence on fossil fuels.”

GARRY BROWN
Executive Director, Orange County Coastkeeper

"My family and I have owned businesses that depend on Laguna Beach’s coastline and ocean for decades. We refuse to see all that we have worked to preserve marred by the inevitable oil spills from offshore drilling."

MARK CHRISTY
Owner, Laguna Hotel

"The oyster industry is the largest private employer in Pacific County, responsible for 2,000 rural, family-wage jobs. One oil or tanker spill would absolutely devastate our industry."

KATHLEEN NISBET-MONCY
COO, Goose Point Oysters

"The BOEM leasing plan is ill-conceived, reckless, and offers little benefit. One major oil spill can be devastating: contaminating coastlines, killing fish and wildlife, destroying livelihoods, and disrupting communities."

LARRY THEVIK
Commercial Crab Fisherman

"Drilling for oil off our coast is just a terrible idea and our coastal community has no interest in this dirty industry. One accident would be catastrophic to recreation and tourism."

TIFFANY TURNER
CEO, Adrift Hotel & Spa

"Many of our shellfish farms have been in production for over 150 years. Opening up our coast to offshore drilling is a threat to the many uses that have supported our rural coastal economy for over a century."

BRIAN & MARILYN SHELDON
Owners, Northern Oyster Co.

"Natural vistas and clean waterways are crucial aspects of the Oregon Coast identity. They are why visitors come and locals stay. Offshore drilling is incompatible with our way of life."

ANNIE POLLARD
Co-owner and CEO, 7 Devils Brewing Co.

“Recreational and tourism businesses like mine suffer immeasurably when oil spills into our ocean and coats our coastline. California’s economy can’t risk another disaster like that.”

MICHAEL COHEN
Owner, Santa Barbara Adventure Company

“We now support a sustainable combined seafood industry worth hundreds of millions. Why would we jeopardize this renewable resource in pursuit of an outdated energy source?”

GREG DALE
Operations Manager, Coast Seafoods Company

“We have seen firsthand how devastating an oil spill can be, and we stand united against any attempts to open our coast to more dirty and dangerous offshore drilling.”

HANS COLE
Director of Environmental Campaigns and Advocacy, Patagonia, Inc.

“For the Trump Administration to consider opening the coastline to expand offshore oil drilling is as silly as promoting ‘back to coal.’ We are not turning back to an outdated dependence on fossil fuels.”

GARRY BROWN
Executive Director, Orange County Coastkeeper

"My family and I have owned businesses that depend on Laguna Beach’s coastline and ocean for decades. We refuse to see all that we have worked to preserve marred by the inevitable oil spills from offshore drilling."

MARK CHRISTY
Owner, Laguna Hotel

"The oyster industry is the largest private employer in Pacific County, responsible for 2,000 rural, family-wage jobs. One oil or tanker spill would absolutely devastate our industry."

KATHLEEN NISBET-MONCY
COO, Goose Point Oysters

"The BOEM leasing plan is ill-conceived, reckless, and offers little benefit. One major oil spill can be devastating: contaminating coastlines, killing fish and wildlife, destroying livelihoods, and disrupting communities."

LARRY THEVIK
Commercial Crab Fisherman

"Drilling for oil off our coast is just a terrible idea and our coastal community has no interest in this dirty industry. One accident would be catastrophic to recreation and tourism."

TIFFANY TURNER
CEO, Adrift Hotel & Spa

"Many of our shellfish farms have been in production for over 150 years. Opening up our coast to offshore drilling is a threat to the many uses that have supported our rural coastal economy for over a century."

BRIAN & MARILYN SHELDON
Owners, Northern Oyster Co.

"Natural vistas and clean waterways are crucial aspects of the Oregon Coast identity. They are why visitors come and locals stay. Offshore drilling is incompatible with our way of life."

ANNIE POLLARD
Co-owner and CEO, 7 Devils Brewing Co.

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The Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast (BAPPC) (https://defendthepacific.org) is the leading business voice opposing new and expanded oil and gas development off the Pacific Coast

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IF YOU LOVE THE PACIFIC COAST, NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

STEP ONE:

Find your member of Congress here.



STEP TWO:

Call your Representative at the numbers listed below.

Here's a sample script:

Hi, my name is ___ and I live in _____.

I’m calling to request Representative ___ to write a letter to Secretary Zinke asking him to remove the Pacific Coast from federal offshore drilling plans . I believe our beaches, fisheries, and coastal tourism and recreation economy are too important to risk an oil spill. I urge Representative ___ to act to protect the Pacific.

Thank you.



STEP THREE:

Share this site with your friends and family.



Rep.

Ken Calvert

202.225.1986 - @KenCalvert

CA 42 - Southern California, including residents of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties.

Rep.

Jeff Denham

202.225.4540 - @RepJeffDenham

CA 10 - Central California, includes much of San Jose, along with Oakdale, Riverbank, and Mariposa.

Rep.

Jaime Herrera Beutler

202.225.3536 - @HerreraBeutler

WA 3 - Southern Washington coast and extending along the Oregon border, includes the counties of Lewis, Pacific, Cowlitz, and Clark.

Rep.

Duncan Hunter

202.225.5672 - @Rep_Hunter

CA 50 - Northern and eastern suburbs of San Diego, Lakeside, Ramona, Le Mesa, and Spring Valley.

Rep.

Darrell Issa

202.225.3906 - @DarrellIssa

CA 49 - Southern California Coast, spanning the southern end of Orange County and northern San Diego county.

Rep.

Steve Knight

202.225.1956 - @SteveKnight25

CA 25 - Northern Los Angeles County and a piece of Ventura County, cities of Santa Clarita, Palmdale, and Lancaster.

Rep.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

202.225.2006 - @cathymcmorris

WA 5 - Bordering Idaho to the east, encompasses Spokane and the counties of Stevens, Columbia, Garfield, and Ferry.

Rep.

Dan Newhouse

202.225.5816 - @RepNewhouse

WA 4 - Extends the length of central Washington, covers the counties of Adams, Benton, Franklin, and Douglas.

Rep.

Dana Rohrabacher

202.225.2415 - @DanaRohrabacher

CA 48 - Southern California coast, including Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Midway City, and Costa Mesa.

Rep.

Ed Royce

202.225.4111 - @RepEdRoyce

CA 39 - Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties, includes Anaheim Hills, Rowland Heights, and Fullerton.

Rep.

David Valadao

202.225.4695 - @RepDavidValadao

CA 21 - Central Valley in California, centered in San Joaquin Valley, including parts of Delano, Hanford, and outer Bakersfield.

Rep.

Greg Walden

202.225.6730 - @RepGregWalden

OR 2 - East Oregon, borders Idaho to the east, Washington to the north, and Californa and Nevada to the South.

Rep.

Mimi Walters

202.225.5611 - @RepMimiWalters

CA 45 - Southern California near the coast, encompasses Orange County, including the areas of Irvine, Tustin, Villa Park, and Laguna Hills.
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12062018

WOKV-TV

Rep. 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.

11302018

Washington Post

Trump 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.

11302018

San Diego Union-Tribune

Why 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.

11292018

Voice of OC

Naudé: 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.

11232018

The Hill

Trump’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.

11142018

Guardian

Claws 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.

11092018

San Francisco Chronicle

U.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.

10212018

Washington Post

A 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.

10192018

Peninsula Daily News

Traveling 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.

09282018

News Guard

TRAVELING 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.

09272018

Sierra Sun

Poll 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.

09272018

Newport News Times

Newport 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.

09182018

The Daily Astorian

Local 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...

09122018

The Epoch Times

California 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.

09112018

Offshore Energy Today

California 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.

09102018

Huffington Post

California Gov. Signs Laws To Thwart Trump’s Offshore Drilling Scheme

New state laws would block gas and oil from reaching shore for distribution.

09092018

Think Progress

California 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.

09082018

CNBC

California 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.

09082018

Los Angeles Times

Gov. 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.

09082018

Mercury News

Jerry 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.

09082018

KEYT (Santa Barbara)

New bill blocks new federal offshore oil drilling along California Coast

09042018

Orange County Register

These 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.

08312018

The Coast News

Candidates, 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.

08302018

Associated Press

The 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.

08292018

Ventura County Star

Editorial: 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.

08282018

Mercury News

California 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.

08282018

Environment News Service

California 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.

08272018

Orange County Register

Bill 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.

08232018

Orange County Register

Businesses 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.

08222018

Sacramento Bee

These 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.

08222018

Los Angeles Times

California 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.

08212018

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: 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.

08202018

Sacramento Bee

Offshore 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.

08202018

Orange County Register

Environmental 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.

08192018

San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: 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.

08162018

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Assembly, 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.

08152018

Los Angeles Times

First 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.

08152018

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

California 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.

07272018

Orange County Register

Pressure 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.

07242018

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.

07162018

The Hill

Lawmakers 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.

07162018

Times of San Diego

Opinion: 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.

07122018

The Coast News Group

Proposed 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.

06112018

Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: 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.

05312018

KQED

California 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.

05082018

The Hill

Majority 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.

05012018

Orange County Register

California 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.

04202018

The Hill

Offshore 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.

04202018

Associated Press

New 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.

04112018

Associated Press

California 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.

04062018

Associated Press

Interior 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.

04022018

Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: 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.

03272018

Press Democrat

Anti-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.”

03212018

Mother Jones

The 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.”

03132018

Washington Post

Zinke: 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.

03092018

Voice of San Diego

Offshore 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.

03082018

Orange County Register

US 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.

03072018

Huffington Post

New 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.

03072018

McClatchy News

Interior 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.

03072018

Oceana

Analysis 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

03052018

Voice of San Diego

If 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.

02282018

Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast

BAPPC 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.

02282018

Washington Post

For 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.

01312018

CALmatters

California 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.

01312018

CNN Money

Trump’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.

01222018

WJHG

Rep. 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.

01112018

Politico

California 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.

01112018

NPR

Florida 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.

01112018

CBS News

Another 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.

01062018

CNN

Is 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.

01042018

The Washington Post

Trump 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.

01042018

The Los Angeles Times

California 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.

01042018

The Huffington Post

East 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.

01042018

Office of the Governor

Pacific 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:

01042018

Office of Darrell Issa

Issa 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:

12062018

WOKV-TV

Rep. 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.

11302018

Washington Post

Trump 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.

11302018

San Diego Union-Tribune

Why 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.

11292018

Voice of OC

Naudé: 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.

11232018

The Hill

Trump’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.

11142018

Guardian

Claws 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.

11092018

San Francisco Chronicle

U.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.

10212018

Washington Post

A 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.

10192018

Peninsula Daily News

Traveling 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.

09282018

News Guard

TRAVELING 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.

09272018

Sierra Sun

Poll 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.

09272018

Newport News Times

Newport 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.

09182018

The Daily Astorian

Local 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...

09122018

The Epoch Times

California 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.

09112018

Offshore Energy Today

California 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.

09102018

Huffington Post

California Gov. Signs Laws To Thwart Trump’s Offshore Drilling Scheme

New state laws would block gas and oil from reaching shore for distribution.

09092018

Think Progress

California 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.

09082018

CNBC

California 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.

09082018

Los Angeles Times

Gov. 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.

09082018

Mercury News

Jerry 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.

09082018

KEYT (Santa Barbara)

New bill blocks new federal offshore oil drilling along California Coast

09042018

Orange County Register

These 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.

08312018

The Coast News

Candidates, 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.

08302018

Associated Press

The 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.

08292018

Ventura County Star

Editorial: 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.

08282018

Mercury News

California 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.

08282018

Environment News Service

California 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.

08272018

Orange County Register

Bill 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.

08232018

Orange County Register

Businesses 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.

08222018

Sacramento Bee

These 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.

08222018

Los Angeles Times

California 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.

08212018

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: 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.

08202018

Sacramento Bee

Offshore 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.

08202018

Orange County Register

Environmental 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.

08192018

San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: 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.

08162018

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Assembly, 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.

08152018

Los Angeles Times

First 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.

08152018

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

California 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.

07272018

Orange County Register

Pressure 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.

07242018

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.

07162018

The Hill

Lawmakers 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.

07162018

Times of San Diego

Opinion: 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.

07122018

The Coast News Group

Proposed 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.

06112018

Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: 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.

05312018

KQED

California 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.

05082018

The Hill

Majority 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.

05012018

Orange County Register

California 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.

04202018

The Hill

Offshore 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.

04202018

Associated Press

New 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.

04112018

Associated Press

California 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.

04062018

Associated Press

Interior 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.

04022018

Marin Independent Journal

Editorial: 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.

03272018

Press Democrat

Anti-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.”

03212018

Mother Jones

The 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.”

03132018

Washington Post

Zinke: 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.

03092018

Voice of San Diego

Offshore 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.

03082018

Orange County Register

US 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.

03072018

Huffington Post

New 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.

03072018

McClatchy News

Interior 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.

03072018

Oceana

Analysis 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

03052018

Voice of San Diego

If 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.

02282018

Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast

BAPPC 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.

02282018

Washington Post

For 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.

01312018

CALmatters

California 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.

01312018

CNN Money

Trump’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.

01222018

WJHG

Rep. 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.

01112018

Politico

California 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.

01112018

NPR

Florida 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.

01112018

CBS News

Another 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.

01062018

CNN

Is 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.

01042018

The Washington Post

Trump 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.

01042018

The Los Angeles Times

California 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.

01042018

The Huffington Post

East 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.

01042018

Office of the Governor

Pacific 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:

01042018

Office of Darrell Issa

Issa 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:

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