Red Blue and Green —
As I’ve discussed in article after article, what passes for “protection” in California is often overseen by the very same industries that have caused environmental destruction in the first place. In one of the biggest West Coast environmental scandals of the past 20 years, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) served as the CHAIR of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create “marine protected areas” in Southern Caifornia at the same time that she was lobbying for increased offshore drilling.
More recently, Kyle Ferrar of the Fractracker Alliance revealed how the state of California has allowed 102 operational oil and gas wells to operate in the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Southern California, in addition to permitting 50 operational oil and gas wells on California state lands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. To read Fractracker’s full report, go to: fractracker.org/…
However, in what could be an important precedent for stopping new efforts to permit oil and gas drilling in California’s “protected areas,” Matthew Rodriguez, Acting Attorney General, on April 2 issued a press release stating that the California Department of Justice (DOJ) does not believe a proposal for a permit by Sunset Exploration to drill for natural gas in a protected area of the Suisun Bay wetlands, a critical part of the imperiled San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem, “is in the public interest.’”