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Drill to Save the Environment

Posted By Conn Carroll On August 8, 2008 @ 11:19 am In Energy | Comments Disabled

The left traces their current opposition to offshore oil drilling all the way back to 1969 [1] when a Union Oil platform spilled 3.4 million gallons of oil of the coast near Santa Barbara, California. Marty Blum, Santa Barbara’s Democratic mayor, recently told Newsweek [2]: “I still don’t know anyone here who wants more platforms in the [Santa Barbara] channel. Just about everyone who lives here is an environmentalist.”

Well, Marty might want to stop by the August 26, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meeting, because a growing coalition of labor, agriculture, and business leaders [3] plan to pack it [4] with supporters of offshore oil drilling … right off the coast of Santa Barbara.

Joining the pro-drilling coalition will be Stop Oil Seeps California (SOS California [5]) who are advocating drilling to save Santa Barbara’s environment. Their case: Research from the University of California, Santa Barbara [6] and U.S. Mineral Management Service [7] that demonstrates that man made oil production significantly reduces natural oil and gas seepage that dirties beaches, harms wildlife, and lowers air quality. [8]

The 1969 oil spill was caused by a crack in a pipe whose protective casing was not even up to 1969 federal standards [1]. Considering how much safer oil extraction is now compared to then, and the fact that Californians are paying over $4 a gallon for gas, Mayor Blum might want to re-poll his constituents.


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[1] all the way back to 1969: http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2008-07-13-offshore-drilling_N.htm

[2] Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/id/146475/page/1

[3] growing coalition of labor, agriculture, and business leaders: http://www.colabsbc.org/

[4] pack it: http://www.colabsbc.org/manager/Upload/Newsletter/82008nws.pdf

[5] SOS California: http://www.soscalifornia.com/

[6] University of California, Santa Barbara: http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/pa/display.aspx?pkey=412

[7] U.S. Mineral Management Service: http://www.mms.gov/omm/pacific/enviro/seeps1.htm

[8] natural oil and gas seepage that dirties beaches, harms wildlife, and lowers air quality.: http://www.soscalifornia.com/facts.html

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