10.7.21 Galvanized by O.C. spill, local lawmakers seek federal help to end drilling off California coast

Excerpted from the Daily Pilot

By Sara Cardine

Following the oil spill reported Saturday off Huntington Beach, a contingent of Orange County elected officials are calling on members of Congress to not only ban new offshore drilling off California’s coastline but end all such operations in federal waters.

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Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie Norris (D-Laguna Beach) held a virtual media briefing Thursday during which she described recent events as “our worst fears come to life.”

“We all recognize that this disaster is a call to action,” she said. “It is our job to ensure that a disaster like this one does not occur again on our watch — it is past time to end offshore drilling along our treasured coast.”

Those assembled urged support for legislative efforts already proposing such curtailments.