SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday that will permanently ban oil drilling off the Northern California coast by expanding the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.
The president’s order set into motion 18 to 24 months of hearings and reviews by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It also sidesteps a Republican-controlled House of Representatives that had thwarted efforts to protect thousands of square miles of the Pacific Ocean from Bodega Bay to Mendocino.
Drilling has been banned through short-term moratoria. But retiring Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) convinced the White House to use the NOAA sanctuary process to enact a permanent moratorium.
KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports: