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San Diego County Supervisors oppose offshore oil drilling, create women’s equity ordinance



The San Diego County Board of Supervisors called for curtailing offshore oil drilling Wednesday, voting unanimously to support the American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act introduced in Congress by Rep. Mike Levin to prohibit oil and gas leasing in Southern California.

The board also voted to develop an ordinance to establish gender equity, in line with provisions adopted by the United Nations.

Board Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer introduced the board letter endorsing Levin’s legislation in the wake of an oil spill off Huntington Beach last month that dumped about 25,000 gallons of crude oil on Southern California beaches.

The incident was one of six major oil spills in California over the past 50 years, highlighting the damage offshore drilling poses to coastal habitat and communities, supervisors said.

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