Battle brewing over new off-shore oil drilling
Staff writer Shane Goldmacher reports today on our sister blog, L.A. Now, that environmental groups and some Democratic lawmakers are planning to fight against a state budget proposal that would allow the first new oil drilling off the California coast in 40 years:
“We’re getting ready for war,” said Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), who opposes the plan.
Environment California, an advocacy group, has blitzed its 150,000-strong e-mail list asking for action and put together a YouTube video of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s past opposition to oil drilling.
Dan Jacobson, the group’s legislative director, said his goal is to have the project removed from the budget. “Let’s go back to the drawing board,” he said.