Sept. 08–Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday intended to block new offshore drilling in federal waters along the California coast.
The bills — SB834 and AB1775 — came as the Trump administration moved to approve new offshore oil and gas construction leases. But the bills ban construction of the infrastructure needed to support those rigs, including pipelines and docks.
“Today, California’s message to the Trump administration is simple: Not here, not now,” Brown said in a statement. “We will not let the federal government pillage public lands and destroy our treasured coast.”
The state can’t impede on the federal government’s right to drill in federal waters, but under the new law, such drilling would be more costly.
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, introduced the legislation, and the state Senate passed it in August.
“Today, California drew a line in the sand with Gov. Brown’s signing of both bills that will block President Trump’s dangerous plans to open up new offshore oil drilling along our treasured coast,” said state Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, who helped write the bills.
Brown also decried plans by the federal government to expand drilling on California’s public lands.
Lizzie Johnson is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @LizzieJohnsonnn
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