Drill Baby Drill!—Oh, Never Mind!

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Whale and oil

Earlier this month it looked as though the California state legislature was so desperate for revenue that it would lift the 40 year ban on offshore oil drilling in order to raise $100 million annually. As the Oil & Gas Journal blog reports:

The project won support from Santa Barbara area environmental organizations as well as Schwarzenegger because it proposed drilling into state waters from an existing platform in federal waters. PXP also would have terminated its existing California offshore operations in 14 years and would have removed all related onshore processing facilities at the end of the project instead of continuing its current program for 30 or more years.

So California's environmentalists get to look at old offshore oil rigs for another generation. 

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  1. Well, at least on the bright side we’ll still have that oil available when the prices shoot back up in a couple more years.

  2. The project won support from Santa Barbara area environmental organizations as well as Schwarzenegger because it proposed drilling into state waters from an existing platform in federal waters.

    From an enviro’s point of view, what difference does it make that the platform is in federal waters rather than state waters?

  3. So California’s environmentalists get to look at old offshore oil rigs for another generation.

    As hazy as the channel is most days, it is not often you can see them very clearly.

    Not that I’d mind if I could move back (the politics would give me much more pause). But my expected salary drawing power doesn’t live up to my expected cost for living in Santa Barbara county.

    Even if I move way out on the west edge of Goleta.

  4. So…it’s about money then…

  5. I remember frequenting the Santa Barbara area nude beaches as a kid in the 1970’s and coming home to have my dad wash the tar off of my feet with gasoline. Mowing the lawn still gives me a boner.

  6. California is the most short sighted state in a short sighted nation. We don’t need energy or jobs we will get by on our sun tans and good looks. Dumb shit nation.

  7. I’m a fan of this user !

    Excellent post. Thank you.

  8. Danster: In the land of Hollywood dreamers, magical thinking should not be surprising in California.

  9. Drill baby drill is the answer to our energy problems. It is a very intelligently thought out plan.

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