Statement on California Attorney General’s Lawsuit Impeding Offshore Drilling

Statement from WSPA President Catherine Reheis-Boyd re California Attorney General’s Lawsuit to Impede Offshore Drilling:

“The fact that two well-respected federal agencies have found that offshore oil production can be done safely and responsibly is good news for California and should be cause for celebration, not another lawsuit seeking a legal solution for a problem that does not exist.

The findings of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement are consistent with the conclusions of numerous previous studies on oil production conducted by federal and state agencies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior and the California Department of Energy.

Offshore oil extraction is a vital source of domestic energy upon which California’s citizens and economy depend. Offshore and onshore production accounts for less than half of the oil our state uses on a daily basis; the balance is produced in other nations and brought to our shores across the ocean in tankers. The Attorney General’s lawsuit will not reduce demand in California, it will simply widen the gap between our ability to meet our own energy needs safely and reliably, and our every-increasing dependence on foreign imports.

The May 2016 report targeted in the state’s lawsuit was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and evaluating a wide range of potential environmental impacts from offshore oil production.  This thorough investigation, based on the best available science, led to the conclusion that the risk of an accidental release and other risks from use of well-stimulation chemicals are very low.

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