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    ORANGE (CBSLA) — After a massive oil spill blanketed much of the Huntington Beach coast, an Orange County State Senator is calling for the permanent end of offshore oil drilling. “Enough is enough,” said State Senator Dave Min. “As I learned more about what was going on with these off-shore oil rigs, the more determined I became to end it.” READ MORE: Tourist In Venice Shot During RobberyMin’s proposed ban would end all offshore oil production off California’s coasts starting in 2024. According to the senator’s office, there are 11 leases and three active oil rigs in state-controlled waters. He believes the aging structures pose an environmental risk. Laguna Beach, CA – OCTOBER 18: State Sen. Dave Min participates in a news conference held to advocate for a ban on offshore oil drilling following the Huntington Beach oil spill on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 in Laguna Beach, CA. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) “These oil rigs, these leases have been around for decades, the 1960s and 1970s,” said Min. “At this point, all the...
    SACRAMENTO —  Weeks after a massive oil spill marred the Orange County coast with significant environmental and economic damage, state lawmakers met in Sacramento on Thursday to demand that those responsible “be held accountable,” with one legislator calling for an end offshore drilling in California. At an oversight hearing by the state Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee, legislators acknowledged that ending offshore drilling would be an extremely difficult task — the majority of oil rigs off California’s coastline are in federally regulated waters. And any effort to rescind leases in state waters for drilling, pipelines and other oil infrastructure could face swift legal challenges and potentially cost taxpayers millions, if not billions, of dollars. Still, lawmakers and state officials who testified Thursday agreed that the threats to wildlife and California’s cherished beaches will remain as long as oil is extracted offshore. “Is offshore drilling worth it? The risks that seem omnipresent jeopardize a coastal economy here in California that is worth approximately $44 billion a year,” said Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine). Min noted that offshore oil production in both...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – In response to the massive oil spill earlier this month, the Huntington Beach City Council early Wednesday morning passed a resolution supporting a permanent ban on new offshore oil drilling. Cleanup crews clean oil chucks off the beach from a major oil spill at Huntington Dog Beach in Huntington Beach on Oct. 5, 2021. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images) READ MORE: One Killed After Car Plows Into Building In Monterey ParkThe resolution, passed just after midnight, calls for a permanent ban on new offshore oil and gas drilling, as well as fracking in state and federal waters. It also calls for “no new federal oil and gas leasing in all U.S. waters.” According to the ocean conservation group Oceana, Huntington Beach is the 100th community along the West Coast to pass such a resolution. On the morning of Oct. 2, a rupture was reported to a pipeline owned by Amplify Energy in federal waters at the Elly oil-rig platform, about 4 1/2 miles offshore of Huntington Beach. The nearly 18-mile pipeline runs from...
    Democrats have seized on the recent oil spill in California as an opportunity to renew calls for offshore oil drilling to be banned entirely, even though the oil-rich state already imports oil from elsewhere and the spill is smaller than previous ones. On Friday, oil began leaking from an undersea pipeline near an offshore oil platform south of Orange County– perhaps after contact with a ship’s anchor. Beaches were closed, and oil began washing up on the Huntington Beach shoreline on Sunday. One expert suggested that the ship may have anchored there due to the ongoing backup at nearby cargo port facilities. The spill, at 126,000 gallons, threatens local wildlife and maritime activities, and a massive cleanup effort is under way. But the Los Angeles Times notes that “the size is still far less than several other catastrophic spills in the state and elsewhere.” Crews deploy skimmers and floating barriers known as booms to try to stop further incursion into the Wetlands Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach, Calif., Sunday., Oct. 3, 2021. One of the largest oil spills in recent Southern...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Rep. Mike Levin, D-Dana Point, ramped up his calls Monday to ban offshore drilling in light of the oil spill in Huntington Beach. “Obviously, I’m quite concerned for my constituents and beaches,” Levin said. “My belief is we need to end all offshore drilling and phase out existing offshore drilling.” READ MORE: SPCALA To Host Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic In GardenaLevin has introduced legislation to do just that, and similar language is included in the Biden administration’s Build Back Better infrastructure bill. “On page 984 is our language that would ban new drilling off the California coast and other parts of the country as well,” Levin said. Levin recalled meeting with former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on the issue during the Trump administration. “I said, What assurance can you give me that you’ll respect the will of the overwhelming majority of people along the Southern California coast?”‘ Levin said. “This is truly a non-partisan consensus. We need to end off-shore drilling. But he said, `I will not give you any assurance.’ And as we all know...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Shell Offshore Inc. has submitted plans to plans to drill for oil in the waters along the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in the coming years. The Dutch oil industry giant applied to form the West Harrison Bay Unit to explore in state waters off the North Slope region, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday. Documents submitted to the state Division of Oil and Gas said Shell has attempted to find a partner to work on the West Harrison Bay leases for at least a year. Shell claimed to be making progress before the coronavirus pandemic. The company asked the state to validate its exploration plan for five years, which is expected to provide sufficient time for the company to secure a partner and analyze the area’s development potential. Shell holds a 100% working interest in 18 leases covering more than 122 square miles (316 square kilometers) in the proposed unit. The wells would target the Nanushuk oil formation first pinpointed by the Repsol-Armstrong Energy partnership. The shallow Nanushuk formation also forms the basis of the ConocoPhillips...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Shell Offshore Inc. has submitted plans to plans to drill for oil in the waters along the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in the coming years. The Dutch oil industry giant applied to form the West Harrison Bay Unit to explore in state waters off the North Slope region, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday. Documents submitted to the state Division of Oil and Gas said Shell has attempted to find a partner to work on the West Harrison Bay leases for at least a year. Shell claimed to be making progress before the coronavirus pandemic. The company asked the state to validate its exploration plan for five years, which is expected to provide sufficient time for the company to secure a partner and analyze the area’s development potential. Shell holds a 100% working interest in 18 leases covering more than 122 square miles (316 square kilometers) in the proposed unit. The wells would target the Nanushuk oil formation first pinpointed by the Repsol-Armstrong Energy partnership. The shallow Nanushuk formation also forms the basis of the ConocoPhillips...
    President Trump announced Tuesday he is extending an existing moratorium offshore oil and gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and expand it to Florida's Atlantic coast, Georgia, and South Carolina. His announcement, in the swing state of Florida, is intended to boost Republicans who oppose oil and gas drilling off their coasts because of the potential damage to tourism from the spills. "We can take this step while remaining the world's No. 1 producer of oil and gas," Trump said in a speech in Jupiter touting his environmental record. Trump is boasting about his efforts on local environmental projects as Democrats are attacking him as failing to act on climate change. He did not mention climate change as the reason for restricting offshore drilling. It's unclear what authority Trump will use to expand an offshore drilling moratorium. He deemed the action a "presidential order." The move is an about-face from his administration's proposal in 2018 to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in virtually all federal waters. The administration later delayed finalizing the plan due to legal concerns....
    SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — The Marin County Board of Supervisors passed a voter-approval mechanism on Tuesday for any future development of onshore facilities supporting offshore oil and gas exploration. The ordinance ensures that any zoning changes for such developments will not be allowed unless they are passed by the majority of Marin voters. Currently, the development of onshore facilities support offshore oil and gas exploration is prohibited across Marin County zoning districts. According to County Counsel Brian Washington, the ordinance was passed in order to align Marin laws on the subject with other counties across California and to protect Marin County’s coastline, water, agricultural lands, tourism, air quality, recreation, biodiversity, and quality of life.  Counties in California that have adopted similar ordinances include San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, San Mateo, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Mendocino, and Humboldt, according to Marin County.  The ordinance will come into effect 30 days after its passage.  
    Live updates - Fauci: Diversity of response from states hurt efforts to contain coronavirus McDs CEO: Workers may call cops over masks Noble Corp. Files for Bankruptcy to Erase Its $3.4 Billion Debt (Bloomberg) -- Noble Corp., the offshore drilling contractor, filed for bankruptcy after the crash in crude prices made undersea oil wells too expensive to compete. © Bloomberg Pedestrians walk along a beach near the Noble Sam Turner jack-up drilling rig, operated by Noble Corp., in Cromarty, U.K., on June 23. The Chapter 11 filing in Texas envisions eliminating all of the company’s borrowings -- more than $3.4 billion -- by swapping debt for equity, the company said in a statement. Bondholders have agreed to invest $200 million of new capital through second lien notes, and Noble has lined up a $675 million secured revolving credit facility. Noble is one of the biggest owners of offshore rigs, and it failed to cope with a glut of floating drilling capacity that was a decade in the making, as exploration companies shifted focus to cheaper inland shale. The plunge...
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