In the Nov. 22 edition of the Orange County section of The Times, an article appeared about the anger of the anti-drilling forces over the defeat in Washington of a one-year ban on oil exploration.
As a beachfront resident of Newport Beach, I am quite positive that my personal commendation to Gov. George Deukmejian for having the courage to write the letter, which hopefully helped end the ban, is joined by a great majority of non-beachfront residents of California, let alone the United States.
The article, of course, does not mention the reason for searching for additional offshore oil. The article does not mention that this ban has already been in effect for the past four years.
The article does not point out that there are many offshore oil drilling platforms that have existed for almost 20 years off the California coast in the beautiful Santa Barbara Channel and with one exception have caused no damage.