The State of California has recognized the significant risks of offshore oil development and as such has not issued a new lease in State waters since the massive 1969 oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel. However, the Trump administration is threatening to open our shores to new and expanded offshore oil development by initiating a new Five-Year Leasing Plan. The Draft National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Leasing Plan, released in early January 2018, proposes to open more than 90% of the total Outer Continental Shelf (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. Click here for more information and how you can take action.
Your voice is urgently needed to ensure the Santa Barbara Channel is protected from new and expanded oil development. There are two elements of the program that are open for public comment through the beginning of March.