From the so-called hearing held by Secretary Hodel in Oceanside on Aug. 31, it is evident to me that the "compromise" is just a divide-and-conquer gambit to get coastal areas vying with each other in hopes the drilling rigs will go someplace else.
What the Administration hopes to do is implant the virus of drilling in a limited area, then spread the infection along our entire coast.
Hodel's slick presentation made it seem he represented the oil and gas industry, not a federal department charged with preserving natural resources such as our California coastline.
All new drilling inside the 20-mile limit must be prohibited!
CHARLES T. NEWTON