SUPERVISORS PUSH TO KEEP BEACHES & BAYS CLEAN FOR FAMILIES BY SUPPORTING THE ELIMINATION OF OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING
San Diego County beaches and bays are at risk of the preventable failures of the offshore oil drilling industry, as was evidenced by the recently busted pipe in Huntington Beach. Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer want offshore drilling to stop and have introduced a policy for the County to support Congressman Mike Levin’s American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act.
“There are few things we love more in San Diego than a family day at the beach, but the recent oil spill causing tarballs to wash ashore across San Diego County showed us offshore oil drilling is not worth the risk,” said Chair Fletcher. It’s time we eliminate offshore drilling and I appreciate Congressman Levin’s proactive legislation. This action will show we stand unified in supporting clean water and beaches that are free from oil pollution.”
“We are decarbonizing our region and creating a new generation of green jobs, but we cannot succeed in this transition if there is drilling off our coast, destroying our coastal ecosystem, and keeping our planet on the road to climate catastrophe,” said Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer. “We cannot fully succeed in this green jobs and clean energy transition without the full support of the federal government, which is why we are throwing our support behind this bill and urging Congress to take action."
“The latest oil spill off our coast was yet another reminder of the serious environmental and economic consequences of offshore oil and gas drilling activity,” said Rep. Mike Levin. “Our ocean, beaches, and businesses bear the brunt of that pollution, and it’s time to put our coast ahead of the fossil fuel companies that profit from more drilling. That’s why I introduced my American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act to prohibit new drilling activity off the coast of Southern California. I appreciate the leadership of the Board of Supervisors in having San Diego County endorse this critical bill, and I will keep fighting to see it signed into law on behalf of our coastal communities.”
In the Board Policy being voted on Tuesday, November 16, it states: “On October 1, 2021, tens of thousands of gallons of oil were spilled out of the Amplify offshore oil pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach, California...There have been six major oil spills off the coast of California over the past fifty years, polluting miles and miles of beaches, causing untold damage to our coastal ecology and beach economies.
If the Board of Supervisors passes the policy on Tuesday, the next steps will be for the Chief Administrative Officer to
- Adopt the Resolution A, A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO IN SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN COASTS AND OCEANS PROTECTION ACT.
- Add to the County of San Diego’s legislative program support for legislation and/or administrative action that provide for petroleum-based monitoring of offshore oil drilling.
Supporting efforts to phase out offshore drilling aligns with Chair Nathan Fletcher’s Framework for the Future of San Diego County. The Framework prioritizes communities and populations in San Diego that have been historically left behind. Through this Framework, Chair Fletcher is fighting for: racial justice, health equity, economic opportunity, environmental protection, government transparency, and fundamental changes to county operations.