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California Seeks to Thwart Trump’s Offshore Oil-Drilling Plan (1)

Feb. 8, 2018, 1:54 PMUpdated: Feb. 8, 2018, 5:40 PM

A Trump administration plan to open coastal waters for drilling is running into trouble in California as the state takes steps to ensure that oil from any new offshore leases can’t be brought ashore.

No new pipelines will be approved, and the use of existing ones won’t be allowed, the California State Lands Commission said in a statement. The pronouncement came in the run-up to the Interior Department Bureau of Ocean Management’s Feb. 8 public meeting in Sacramento on the White House’s proposal to expand coastal offshore drilling.

The commission, which has authority to deny infrastructure crossing state waters, ...