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Daily Action: Say No To Expanded Offshore Drilling in CA


CONTACT:
Sen. Henry Stern:

(916) 651-4027 (Sacramento)
(818) 876-3352
(805) 815-3917 (Calabasas)
Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson:
(916) 651-4019 (Sacramento)
(805) 965-0862 (Santa Barbara)
(805) 988-1940 (Oxnard)
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin: 
(916) 319-2044 (Sacramento)
(805) 482-1904 (Camarillo)
(805) 483-4488 (Oxnard)
Assemblymember Richard Bloom:
(916) 319-2050 (Sacramento)
(310) 450-0041 (Santa Monica)
Assemblymember Dante Acosta:
(916) 319-2038 (Sacramento)
(661) 286-1565 (Santa Clarita)

Short Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator/Assemblyperson ___________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge her/him to support Senate Bill 834/Assembly Bill 1775, which would ensure that pipelines and other infrastructure cannot be built in waters off the California coast to support new federal oil development. In the wake of the Trump administration's announcement yesterday that it plans to open America's coastlines to more offshore drilling, California must act quickly to make sure that the six new leases Trump plans for our state never go into effect. Thank you!  

BACKGROUND
Yesterday the Trump administration announced plans to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in coastal waters around the nation, opening more than a billion acres to drilling for the first time in the Arctic and on the East Coast. Meanwhile, the plan would provide energy companies with access to the California coast for the first time in a half century.

The plans put forward by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke call for six new leases to be sold off our shores between 2019 and 2024 -- two each in southern, central and northern California. They would join the 43 leases that have been active in the Santa Barbara-Oxnard area since the late 1960s ... whose blighting of the coastline and occasional spills provided incentive for the environmental movement's growth.

California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) are responding to the Trump announcement by reintroducing legislation that would make new federal oil leases exceedingly unattractive. Senate Bill 834 and Assembly Bill 1775 would prohibit the State Lands Commission from approving new leases for pipelines, piers, wharves, or other infrastructure needed to support oil and gas development in the three-mile area off the coast that is controlled by the state. They also would prohibit any renewal, extension or modification of existing leases that would support the production, transportation or processing of new oil and gas.

A similar bill stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee last year.