President Obama acted boldly to conserve important ecological resources and solidify his environmental legacy. By making creative use of an obscure provision of a 1953 law, Obama has ignited a legal and political firestorm.
Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s been 45 years since a spill off Santa Barbara coated the picturesque coast with oil, killed wildlife, and prompted tough new pumping restrictions. But new worries have emerged in Sacramento. It turns out that there was an exemption in a 1994 law that still allows drilling in a […]
By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved a long-shot bill to expand domestic energy exploration, including opening up areas off the West Coast to drilling. The measure would require lease sales by the end of next year for energy production off Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, with production […]
Following the first news of the BP oil spill in April 2010, the public sense of outrage and frustration spread as quickly as the 200 million gallons of crude oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. But more than a year after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Congress has not passed any legislation […]