This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill. Back in 1969, an oil well blew out, just off the coast of some of the most picturesque beaches in the country.
The disaster was the catalyst for much of the modern environmental movement — including the restrictions the Trump Administration is attempting to undo.
Our movement’s working every day to make sure that doesn’t happen. Chip in now to fuel the fight!
Santa Barbara set the standard largely because the catastrophe was preventable. The oil company had received a government waiver, allowing them to skip a steel casing pipe typically required by federal regulations.
Prior to the spill, pressurized oil and gas broke through the seabed creating underwater fissures, wreaking havoc on marine life, and eventually a leak with an oil slick vast enough to cover a city.
This disaster was the impetus for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, and the first Earth Day.
Orange County is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. However, as Republican leaders continue to deny the threat of man-made climate change, the pristine natural beauty which makes our district so special — is under attack.
The Trump Administration is disregarding decades of hard-learned lessons. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s proposed five-year plan to increase offshore drilling includes the coasts of southern California.
I will work to protect California’s most precious assets from offshore drilling. We need to focus on consistently choosing clean energy over the fossil fuels of the past.
I can’t do this without you. Chip in now to let the Trump administration know that Orange County doesn’t want their oil derricks.
Clean energy innovation is not only better for the environment, but it also creates high paying jobs, economic growth, prosperity, energy choice, and freedom from foreign dependence.
Let’s start at home.