Santa Barbara Independent op-ed: Refugio Spill Underscores Need to Reduce Dependence on Oil

May 20, 2016

By Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

The California coast has had a long and challenging relationship with oil, and last year’s Refugio Oil Spill added another anxious chapter to that history.

For more than 100 years, oil development has brought economic gains but has also threatened to exact an unacceptable ransom in return — threatening our pristine coastline, tourism-driven economy, marine sanctuaries and fisheries, and the very quality of life that sustains our communities.