Four of the five members of San Diego’s Congressional delegation have taken important actions to safeguard our coastline from new offshore drilling. They are Reps. Susan Davis, Juan Vargas, Mike Levin and Scott Peters.
All four voted yes with Republicans and Democrats to block funds for President Trump’s Interior Department to carry out offshore drilling activities. I thank you, Reps. Peters, Levin, Vargas, and Davis.
I have lived by the ocean for 42 years and treasure it with a great ferocity. It needs our upmost ongoing protection.
Each of these four have also co-sponsored two bills that would permanently ban drilling off California’s coast (one would do this for the entire Pacific Coast). Despite a President intent on giving our coastline away to Big Oil, we have elected representatives committed to preventing a major oil spill like the 1969 Santa Barbara disaster or the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.
While the Trump administration’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement makes moves to weaken rig safety, our Congressional leaders continue to make the right moves to avoid damaging our precious coastline.
Let’s hope that Rep. Duncan Hunter eventually joins the four others in fighting to protect what we love. I’m grateful for the leadership that the San Diego delegation has shown for ocean conservation.
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