Hoping to pull the plug on off-shore drilling in California waters, S.B. Congresswoman Lois Capps proposed the California Ocean and Coastal Protection Act last Thursday; in a similar vein, Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein recently brought similar legislation to the Senate floor. Targeting specific protection from inventory drilling with the use of seismic guns approved by President Bush in 2005, Capps’s act would also extend the moratorium against new leases. Linda Krop, chief counsel to the Environmental Defense Center, which has staved off in court the development of 36 off-shore oil leases along the South Coast, called the proposed legislation “welcome and necessary.”
Originally published 11:44 a.m., February 23, 2006
Updated 4:18 p.m., March 2, 2006
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