Last week, lawmakers followed through on protecting the coast. The nearly identical bills won approval on the final day of committee work, a cliffhanger win for efforts to safeguard fishing, tourism and recreation along the 1,000-mile coast.
Though polls repeatedly show
Two bills, SB834 and AB1775, sought to answer the call. The measures instructed state land managers to deny permits for infrastructure such as pipelines, docks and platforms needed to service potential oil and gas facilities that might spring up beyond the state’s three-mile limit. Without such permits, drilling rigs would be cut off from shoreline processing refineries.
Zinke’s plan calls for three zones off the coast with up to 47 leases. Though derricks pump oil off
The bills push the matter onto the rule books, a deeper step than the state has taken so far. That prospect drew lobbying and opposition from oil producers, business groups and the state
But that argument falls short in a state that’s compelling an energy switch away from fossil fuels and prizes its watery edge.
The legislative votes here could have a resounding effect in
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