S.F. Chronicle says Bush admin. is racing to open up the state’s coasts
The Interior Department is rushing to open up California’s coasts to offshore drilling exploration, the San Francisco Chronicle reported today, a move that could lead to oil derricks being built within three miles to the state’s shoreline. Government estimates show there could be 10 billion barrels of oil off of California’s entire coastline, enough to power the United States for 17 months. But enviros note that could come at a high cost to the marine ecosystem.