By Jerry Drucker
In President Trump’s urge to make money for the major oil companies and his own business oil interests, he’s ordering a new five-year plan for both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. As stated in the article, the plan would open 90 percent of the nation’s offshore reserves to development by private companies, including six off the California coast.
It’s shocking and alarming that the Trump administration wants to rewrite or kill rules imposed after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in 2010, killing 11 workers. By eliminating the rules he runs a big risk of more deadly oil spills.
Californian’s should remember the 1969 Santa Barbara spill that has oil blotches still popping up on Ventura and Santa Barbara beaches. We must urge Gov. Brown to stand his ground (beaches and ocean waters) against the Trump administration’s urge for greed.