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California Slams Door on Trump Plan for Offshore Drilling

Aug. 30, 2018, 12:25 PM

California isn’t going along with Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off coastal waters.

Two bills, AB 1775 and SB 834, make it harder for federal energy projects to proceed. SB 834 passed the Senate, 28-7, Aug. 29 while AB 1775 passed the day before on a 26-9 vote. The bills now head to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) along with hundreds of other bills before the session ends Aug. 31.

The bills would prohibit the State Lands Commission or local trustees from signing new leases or permissions to build new oil- and gas-related ...