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Posted on August 28 at 12:09 p.m.
Looks like EDF couldn't get the oil companies in bed with them as they did with Plains Exploration and Production over slant drilling.
On California Coastal Commission Urged to Protect Coast from Offshore Fracking
Posted on January 29 at 8:33 a.m.
So they're having a little get together at the expense of lobbyists. It's not illegal so it's not a big deal to me.
What is a big deal is if Republicans use this retreat to polish their anti-environmental chops. If they were smart, they'd enjoy everything the lobbyists have to offer, then vote against them.
If lawmakers want to change the state's policy on off shore drilling, they should introduce the appropriate legislation and debate the issue in the full light of day in Sacramento. That is the only way to achieve an enduring statewide consensus on the matter.
Pushing the EDC/PXP deal through the budget process is the type of governance that Californians and other Americans have come to despise. Any politician that relies on such an approach for this important issue will soon regret it.
On Dog from Planet Nine
Posted on June 27 at 4:06 p.m.
The Tranquillon ridge deal will encourage more drilling off California shores without a change in state law. Not only does that set a bad precedent, but the end-run around our State Lands Commission does as well.
State legislators should leave the decision by the State Lands Commission intact or propose legislation to lift the state moratorium on off-shore drilling. To do otherwise is to abandon the rule of law and begin rule by fiscal expediency, which is largely how our current fiscal crisis was created in the first place.
Posted on March 22 at 10:53 a.m.
Ms. Krop fails to recognize that the secret deal she negotiated with PXP confirms to many that environmentalists are merely legal extortionists.
Fighting to preserve our coastal resources is already difficult. We don't need to do it with the albatross of "having our price" hanging from our necks.
The EDC/PXP proposal represented a substantial change in state policy regarding offshore drilling. As others have stated, such a change should be subjected to a thorough and comprehensive public review, and should not come about via a special deal that benefits only a few in Santa Barbara.