By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Santa Barbara oil spill, 1969, dumped up to 100,000 barrels of crude oil off California's coast, killing 3,500 sea birds as well as marine mammals such as dolphins and seals. (Dick Smith Collection, University of Santa Barbara)
January 5, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke yesterday issued a sweeping proposal to open up 98% of all outer continental shelf areas for offshore oil drilling -- including off San Diego’s coastline. By contrast, drilling is currently allowed in only 6% of those areas.
The proposal, which also includes plans to drill in the Arctic, elsewhere along the west coast, the Atlantic coast and the Gulf coast, has drawn strong opposition from environmental groups and from California’s Attorney General. View map of proposed drilling sites. The public will have an opportunity to weigh in however in public comments and public meetings to be held around the country. A schedule of those meetings will be posted here. Online comments at regulations.gov will be accepted starting January 8th.