Drilling Bill Fails in Assembly

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SB 1096 (Jackson), which sought to foreclose the possibility of oil drilling in state waters from wells that could be drilled at Vandenberg Air Force Base, was defeated in the Assembly on Tuesday.  Pursuant to the Legislature’s summary of the bill, the California Coastal Sanctuary Act of 1994 authorizes the California State Lands Commission (SLC) to enter into a lease for extraction of oil or gas from state-owned tide and submerged lands in the California Coastal Sanctuary, but only if the SLC determines that the oil or gas deposits are being drained by means of producing wells upon adjacent federal lands and the lease in is the best interest of the state.  The bill would have repealed that authorization.

 

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