Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger withdrew his support Monday for a controversial new offshore oil drilling project off the Santa Barbara coast in the wake of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Government plans cautious moves on Atlantic drilling
“Before deciding on those requests, the Interior Department first is required by federal law to study the potential environmental impacts of the seismic testing. Some environmental advocates have said the shock wave surveys can injure whales and other marine life or cause them to change their breeding habits and other behavior.”
California – Schwarzenegger: “Look Beyond” One’s Principles
“It will be satisfying so many ends,” he said. “First of all, we get less dependent on foreign oil. Second, we will get extra revenues. The environmentalists are happy, business is happy, so everyone is happy, so why not go ahead with it?” My question is, what world is this guy living in?
Alaska – Off Shore Oil Drilling Threatens Marine Life
The first “flaming oil rig” award of 2010 goes to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his oil-for-parks budget scheme that proposes to fund California State Parks via a new lease for offshore drilling in Santa Barbara.
What makes this proposal so offensive is that it holds our state parks for ransom (more on that here), the presumption of approval at the State Lands Commission (despite being denied last year) and willingness to end run the State Land Commission in the event it gets denied there (the first two attempts failed).
Read the Surfrider Foundation’s opposition to the Gov’s oil-for-parks budget scheme here.
Read the strong reaction from others in the media here.
Here’s a rundown of the previous attempts to ram this proposal through:
Thursday, May 21, 2009:
Friday, May 29, 2009: