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August 17, 1985 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, Times Staff Writer
Whether they live on the coast or inland, Orange County residents are solidly opposed to offshore oil drilling by a ratio of almost 2 to 1, a UC Irvine survey shows. That opposition--60% of those polled were opposed to offshore drilling, 34% favored it and 6% were undecided--cuts across geographic, economic, age and sex boundaries, as well as political party affiliation, said Mark Baldassare, who directs UCI's annual county survey from which the results were taken.
December 21, 1988 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
The Deukmejian Administration has reiterated its opposition to oil drilling off the North San Diego County coast, calling on the federal government to recognize military and environmental concerns in the area. In a letter released Tuesday, State Environmental Affairs Secretary Jananne Sharpless asked the U. S. Department of Interior to exclude 17 proposed lease tracts off Oceanside and Camp Pendleton as possible oil drilling sites.
May 24, 1990
For weeks, President Bush has declared himself on the verge of deciding whether to sell more leases off the California coast for offshore oil exploration and production. This week's report on what his own task force on offshore oil told him way back in January makes it difficult to figure out not just what is taking him so long, but also what there is to decide.
February 4, 1988 | From Times Wires Services
Residents spoke out resoundingly Wednesday against a federal plan for offshore oil drilling along the scenic coastline of Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Critics outnumbered proponents by more than 10 to 1 during the all-day testimony, and two spokesmen for the oil industry were heckled during their brief presentations at the Interior Department hearing.
President Bush said Monday that he has no plans to reconsider his decision putting much of the California coast off limits to new oil drilling. But he warned California and other parts of the country that "someday, we are going to have to realize that we are becoming too dependent on foreign oil."
June 15, 2007 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
A bid to relax the long-standing moratorium on new offshore oil drilling died Thursday in the Senate as an energy bill became bogged down by fights that underscored the regional nature of energy politics. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) failed in his attempt to open the door to natural gas exploration off the Virginia coast. Five of Warner's fellow Republicans, all from coastal states, joined 37 Democrats and two independents in opposing the effort.
July 13, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writer
The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a measure that would halt offshore drilling along much of the American coastline, with the Bush Administration bowing to growing anti-drilling sentiment and abandoning an effort to block the moratorium on the House floor. The vote set the stage for a Senate showdown on the vast drilling ban, which has gained powerful momentum from outrage over the flurry of recent oil spills.
March 21, 1985 | Associated Press
The Interior Department today proposed slowing down most leasing of offshore oil and gas drilling tracts, while offering acreage in waters off the Pacific Northwest for the first time in 27 years. The first draft of the department's next five-year plan, which cannot go into effect for about two years, lays out a tentative schedule calling for one sale every three years instead of one every other year in areas outside the Gulf of Mexico.
August 19, 1990
California's splendid coastline, now great stretches of sunlit sand, now craggy headlands brooding in fog, is an irreplaceable resource. Oil spills in Alaska, the Northeast and Houston make it seem even more precious and vulnerable. Partly on aesthetic grounds, partly because estimates of the quantity of oil that remains to be discovered seem so low, the clamor for expanding oil operations up and down California's coast has always been dubious.
June 18, 1995
For 14 consecutive years, Congress has seen fit to continue the temporary moratorium on oil drilling in federal waters off California that it first imposed in 1982. Now a new Congress, with most dubious logic, seeks to lift that moratorium. If those pushing this effort succeed, it will represent an act of extraordinary recklessness for California and other coastal states. In recent years there's been strong bipartisan backing for the moratorium.
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