On Monday, Jackson to be Joined by Local Leaders, Environmentalists and Business Community to Urge Ban on New Offshore Drilling #nodrillnospill

August 07, 2015

SANTA BARBARA – On Monday at 10 a.m. – just days after estimates of the magnitude of the recent Refugio Oil Spill were revised upwards – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will be joined by local leaders, environmentalists and members of the business community to urge a ban on new offshore oil drilling in an area of the Santa Barbara Channel known as Tranquillon Ridge.

Jackson is jointly authoring Senate Bill 788 with Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), which would ban new offshore oil drilling in state waters off Tranquillon Ridge, located in a Marine Protected Area off the coast of Vandenberg Air Force Base. SB 788 is currently in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is expected to be up for a vote in the State Assembly in upcoming weeks as the Legislature heads into its last month of the legislative session. Last year, Jackson authored a similar measure that died in the Assembly after facing significant opposition from the oil industry.

In 1994, the California Legislature banned any new offshore oil and gas leases when it passed the California Coastal Sanctuary Act. But a loophole in state law left Tranquillon Ridge uniquely vulnerable to offshore drilling. In 2007, Tranquillon Ridge was designated as a Marine Protected Area because of its sensitive marine ecosystem.

Coastal communities contribute $40 billion annually to the state’s economy and provide nearly half a million jobs. SB 788 has the support of 190 businesses or business groups, including Patagonia and the Santa Barbara Lodging and Restaurant Association.

WHAT: Press conference urging support for Senate Bill 788, which will ban new offshore oil drilling in a Marine Protected Area in the Santa Barbara Channel known as Tranquillon Ridge.

WHEN: Monday, August 10 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Shoreline Park, located on Shoreline Drive in Santa Barbara, near the east parking lot (closest to the harbor).

WHO:  Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)

Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria)

Wendy Motta, Congresswoman Lois Capps’ office

Linda Krop, Chief Counsel, Environmental Defense Center

Hans Cole, Director of Campaigns and Advocacy, Patagonia, Inc.