Surfrider urges residents to attend free event warning of possible offshore oil drilling

On Monday Oct 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., Surfrider will present “Offshore Oil Drilling and the Threats to Southern California” at The Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Drive. The event is free and open to residents of every age. 

Oceana and the Laguna Bluebelt urge all who care about the future of our ocean and coastline to “please attend, get informed and get ready.”

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Waves were pocked with oil during the Santa Barbara oil spill

Our Pacific waters off of Laguna Beach are now under threat of new oil and gas leases, note Surfrider and Laguna BlueBelt. Under the current administration, President Trump has called for re-evaluation of the federal five-year national oil and gas leasing plan. 

Offshore oil drilling and inevitable leaks, spills and major accidents can happen at every stage of oil exploration, production and transportation, as witnessed in 2015 with the Refugio/Santa Barbara spill, as well as several monumental accidents such as the Deepwater Horizon spill. 

Panelists Pete Stauffer, Environmental Director of Surfrider Foundation, and Nancy Hastings, Campaign Orgnaizer for SC Oceana, will talk about our coastline and regional ocean environment and economy now facing many similar risks and answer questions about ways to prevent offshore oil drilling along our coast.

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