Trump signs executive order that could allow new drilling off California Coast

April 28, 2017

President Donald Trump

To the dismay of many Californians, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that could allow for new oil and gas drilling off the California Coast.

The “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,” which Trump signed on Friday, aims to open large parts of the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans to new oil and gas drilling. Additionally, the directive calls for determining whether energy or mineral exploration can occur within Pacific and Atlantic marine sanctuaries.

In February, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 to oppose the creation of a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary after listening to approximately 100 people voice their opinions for and against the proposed sanctuary. Supervisors Debbie Arnold, John Peschong and Lynn Compton voted against the sanctuary designation while Supervisors Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson voted to support a marine sanctuary.

The majority of sanctuary supporters, including Hill and Gibson, said they believed the sanctuary designation was needed to protect the county from offshore oil drilling.

Opponents voiced concerns the sanctuary would lead to cumbersome regulations that could harm the fishing industry.  In addition, opponents argued that the county already has measures in place to guard against offshore oil drilling.

In 1986, county voters passed Measure A, which requires any onshore support facility must be approved by a two thirds vote of our county citizens. Off shore oil exploration requires pipelines and onshore facilities.

In a similar vein, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newson, who is the chairman of the California State Lands Commission, suggested the state could stop offshore oil exploration by prohibiting new pipelines from being built between drill rigs and the shore.

Trump’s executive order may undo a plan finalized late in the Obama Administration that aimed to limit fossil fuel development and fight climate change by blocking new drilling leases off the coasts of California and Alaska through 2022. Obama’s plan cited the rarely used Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953, which states the president, from time to time, may prevent new leasing of federal waters for oil and gas development.

Currently, 27 oil platforms continue to operate off the California Coast, but new drilling leases have been banned in state waters since 1969. No new leases have been issued for drilling in federal waters since 1984.

Trump said the executive order will make the United States energy secure and will create greater prosperity and security for all Americans.

“It’s going to lead to a lot of great wealth for our country, a lot of great jobs for our country,” Trump said.

Nevertheless, the directive is expected to irk many California residents and draw a backlash from the state. Some California leaders have long sought a permanent ban on new offshore drilling leases.

“California will fight this every step of the way,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said to the LA Times. “We do not want oil drilling off our coast. Period.”


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DPINC

Most excellent ,,,, more great paying jobs ,, plus they can help parkinsons navy out,,,,, spottin all those panga boats


SLOpoker

If we walked more and drove less, we would not need so much oil. Plus we’d be in better shape.


sloweb

It is also possible that this is just another negotiation. I am opening up oil drilling (which you can not stop, and I don’t really want to do), but . . . . if you start following the law on illegal immigration, then maybe I will reconsider. This seems to be a tactic that he uses.


Pelican1

Personally, I’d rather NOT see off shore drilling. However, what other choices are available?

Special interest groups have successfully curtailed nuclear power, on shore drilling, pipelines, rail transportation, wind power, solar farms, tankering, and coastal power plants.

The sad reality is, there is nothing left….And a blow-out could be catastrophic..sad indeed.


SGT D

This is fantastic news. I just love watching all the liberals have anxiety attacks. I hope they drill all up and down the coastline and also free up all the waters that have been closed to commercial fishing.


The Identarian

“Progressives” will find an imbecilic Federal Judge to place it on hold. Look to the 9th Circuit for a bushel of imbeciles.


catdude

You will find more imbeciles posting here; a hotbed of selfish, willfully ignorant, right wing imbeciles supporting our selfish, crude, ignorant, vindictive, crass imbecile in chief that lost the popular vote.


The Identarian

Classic liberal ‘head blowed up” comment! catdude how does it feel when your head blows up anyway? Does it huuurrrrttttt???

Signed,

Laughing all the way to complete elimination of the modern Democrat Party.


San Louie

CA residents use A LOT of energy! Maybe it’s time for us to be just a little less NIMBY! Maybe we need to share!


Drill baby drill!


UnReasoned

I’ll ask this of you too as it is an important question with direct bearing on the discussion at hand: how many oil fields have you worked on?


San Louie

How much gasoline and natural gas do you burn each year in California? Is it fair to have oil fields (and offshore drilling) in places like Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana so we don’t have to in CA?


The answer is “no.”


Drill baby drill!


aft50s

Feinstein is against everything unless her husband gets the contract to build or sell it.


Rambunctious

Good now maybe California can receive much needed revenue from it and maybe just maybe we can see our fuel costs brought down to a reasonable level.

There is nothing to fear but words from fear mongers. Drill Baby Drill!


Rambunctious

I would like someone to ask Mrs. Feinstein why we suffer such inflated gas prices in her state, why we pay higher banking fees than the rest of the nation in her state, why is housing so out of reach in her state. If you ask me she could utilize her time better by helping the middle class of her state make ends meet instead of threatening to fight off shore drilling and everything else the president is trying to do.


UnReasoned

I’m curious, how many oil fields have you worked on?


Rambunctious

How many miles a year do you drive? How temperate do you keep your home? How often have you complained about the high cost of food? How many time do you fly a year? How about TV do you watch television? Charge your I phone? Charge your electric car? Do you enjoy modern conveniences?


RonHolt

Your argument would be better if California had a decent extraction tax on the fuel like Texas, Alaska and some of the other oil producing states.