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City Council Signs Letter to End Offshore Drilling

Thursday, the Laguna Beach City Council joined California State Senators Dave Min (Irvine) and Josh Newman (Fullerton), in sending a letter to Orange County’s federal legislative representatives asking them to lead a legislative effort to end all offshore drilling in federal waters off the coast of California, including drilling performed under current leases. 

Such action would go beyond the push to end future drilling in federal waters, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein’s West CoastOcean Preservation Act, which would stop all new offshore drilling in federal waters in the Pacific Ocean, or Rep. Mike Levin’s American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act, which would stop new offshore drilling in federal waters off the coast of Southern California, by also ending all drilling under current federal leases.

This call for action, which is also supported by local elected officials representing the areas most impacted by the oil spill, including Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr, Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Delgleize, Huntington Beach Councilmembers Rhonda Bolton, Dan Kalmick, and Natalie Moser, builds on Senator Min’s announcement from Tuesday that he would introduce legislation seeking to end all offshore drilling and aggregation under existing leases in California waters. It is the first formal call to end all offshore drilling—not just future drilling—in federal waters off of California’s coastline.