SOS California's Solution
  • Only through education can Californians and Americans learn the truth about the massive amounts of natural oil and gas seepage pollution coming from offshore Santa Barbara, California's coastal areas. Since Native Americans first arrived in coastal California, approximately 800 million barrels of oil have seeped into the coastal environment.
  • Peer reviewed published reports document the connection between existing Santa Barbara offshore oil production and natural seepage pollution reductions over the last 20 years and the larger natural seepage pollution reduction potential through expanded offshore oil and gas production. 
  • Create public awareness of the offshore oil industry safety record in California using new exploration and production technologies.  There is a 38 year safety record of oil and gas production offshore Santa Barbara with less then 1000 barrels spilled versus 2 million barrels of natural seepage over the 38 years.
  • New technology now allows slant drilling from land out into the ocean, or from existing offshore platforms or temporary offshore platforms out to a range of over 5 miles horizontally.
  • New California offshore oil and gas revenues can pay for California's conversion to solar and renewable electricity and electric/plug-in vehicles and reductions in taxes for all Californians.
  • Join SOS California and actively support our mission with fundraising assistance, education, media and technical expertise and regulatory reform expertise.
Policy Changes We Support
  • Lifting the California state and federal moratoriums on offshore oil exploration and production through legislative and executive action.
    • Registration of local and statewide initiatives if the state legislature and the California governor fail to act.
  • Present SOS California's plan to local, state and national legislators, executive officers, industry and regulators which includes:
    • State of California and Federal Government- Allow new exploration and production of oil and gas resources within the offshore area of Santa Barbara County and adjacent Santa Barbara federal OCS waters.
    • Support studies to maximize oil production while maximizing additional natural oil and gas seepage pollution reductions off the Santa Barbara central coast.
    • Change California and federal regulations to allow already discovered but undeveloped Santa Barbara offshore oil and gas resources to be put into production in the near term.
    • California negotiates to retain the full fees and royalties for federal OCS leases and production revenue (18%) and dedicates royalties to fund solar thermal electricity, photovoltaics, wind energy sources, electric/plug-in hybrid vehicle programs, and lowering Californian's taxes. This funding will accelerate the build-out of the western U.S. solar and renewable energy infrastructure.
    • Santa Barbara County to negotiate with California a new royalty revenue and offshore oil/gas production and regulation agreement. Significant new revenues will fund solar renewables and electric vehicle program rebates, county taxpayer reductions, waste water treatment improvements and education programs.
    • These policy changes will lead to cleaner statewide air and water quality, more renewable electricity and electric/plug-in car usage, lower taxes, lower oil, gasoline, diesel, and natural gas prices, reduction or elimination of imported oil and gas to California and fewer oil tankers entering California state waters.
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