Controversy Over Legislation To Ban New Oil, Gas Drilling In State Waters Off Central Coast Heating Up

Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 5:17pm

The State Assembly could vote later this week on legislation intended to plug a loophole which would allow new oil, and gas leases in state waters off the northern Santa Barbara County coastline.

SB 1096, by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, would in effect ban new leases in the Tranquillon Ridge area, off of Lompoc.

The legislation is controversial, with environmental groups supporting it, and oil, business, and some taxpayer groups opposing it.

The State Lands Commission estimates there may be 40 to 90 million barrels of oil accessible in the area.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors could weigh in to the controversy tomorrow, when they are set to talk about the proposed legislation, and decide whether to take a stand on it.

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