Conservationists Protest Oil Drilling in Los Padres

Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit to prevent increased oil drilling in the Los Padres National Forest, following a 200-gallon January spill into a creek near the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Los Padres ForestWatch, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Center for Biological Diversity claim that the decision by the U.S. Forest Service to open 52,000 acres of forest in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to oil and gas drilling is incompatible with recreation and could harm wildlife near the Dick Smith, Chumash, Sespe, and Hopper Mountain wilderness areas.

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