Earlier this week, the California State Assembly passed SB 884 , a bill that if passed would prohibit the States Lands Commission from allowing any new wharfs, piers, pipelines and other facilities in state waters from the shoreline out to three miles offshore that could be used to expand oil production, effectively blocking Trump’s plans to drill for oil in federal waters off the California coast. State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, the bill’s sponsor , said “the Trump Administration’s proposal to dramatically expand offshore oil drilling is dangerous, reckless, and a direct threat to our coastal community.” “California must stand firm in our opposition to this expansion, which could devastate our marine ecology, public health and coastal economy.” The move to ban drilling was blocked last year by the oil industry, according to various media reports in the state. In January, the Interior Department released controversial plans to […]