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October 8, 2021

Calif. oil spill renews calls to ban offshore drilling

  • California's congressional delegation has introduced legislation to permanently ban new drilling in federal waters off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington.
    Associated Press

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has been a leader in restricting offshore oil drilling since the infamous 1969 Santa Barbara spill that sparked the modern environmental movement, and the latest spill off Huntington Beach is prompting fresh calls for an end to such drilling.

    That's easier said than done, even in California. While the state hasn't issued a new lease in state waters in five decades, drilling from existing platforms continues. Similarly, an effort in Congress that aims to halt new drilling in federal waters — more than 3 miles off the coast — wouldn't stop drilling that's already happening.

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