The Trump Administration’s Draft 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Leasing Plan proposes to open more than 90% of the total OCS to potential new and expanded oil drilling, including the Santa Barbara Channel. This new plan threatens the progress California has made to protect our coastal resources and to transition from dirty fossil fuels toward cleaner, renewable energy sources.
California legislators are fighting back and have introduced two bills that urgently need your support! Senate Bill 834 (Jackson-Lara) and Assembly Bill 1775 (Muratsuchi- Limón) would help protect the California coast by prohibiting the State Lands Commission from approving leases (new, modified, or extended) for oil and gas production or associated infrastructure (including pipelines) in state waters that would result in an increase of production from federal waters.
Visit Channelkeeper’s Current Legislation page (available at sbck.org/legislation) to learn more and voice your support for these important bills!