Encinitas Mayor Blakespear’s Offshore Drilling Ban Resolution Passes Unanimously

Blakespear, candidate for State Senate, backs Rep. Levin’s bill and pledges to protect coastal communities and ecosystems from threat of future spills

ENCINITAS, CA — An Offshore Oil Drilling resolution affirming the city’s support for a ban on new federal offshore oil drilling leases in Southern California, introduced by Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear and Democratic candidate for State Senate District 36, was unanimously approved at last night’s Encinitas City Council meeting.

The bill ending the leases, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA), is pending before Congress.

Earlier this month, a pipeline from an oil drilling platform ruptured and sent an estimated 25,000 gallons of crude oil into the waters off the coast of Orange County, triggering a massive cleanup effort and endangering critical marine ecosystems and Southern California’s tourism economy. In May 2021, Rep. Levin introduced the American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act, which would halt all new federal leases for offshore oil and gas drilling from San Diego County to the northern border of San Luis Obispo County. The Orange County spill on October 1 has triggered a renewed push for the bill’s passage.

“I’m extremely pleased that my council colleagues joined together to pass my resolution to demonstrate to the federal government our city’s formal opposition to drilling off our coastline,” Mayor Blakespear said.

“Southern Californians have long known the dangers posed by offshore oil drilling on our coastline,” Blakespear continued. “The October 1st spill is an ecological catastrophe and dire warning of the potential consequences if we allow offshore drilling to expand in our backyard.

“There is broad public support for reining in offshore drilling, which is why as the Mayor of Encinitas I brought this resolution to the Encinitas City Council in support of Rep. Levin’s bill in Congress, which is a critical step in the right direction.”

As Mayor, Blakespear has been a steadfast advocate for environmental justice and transitioning California’s economy away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy sources. In the State Senate, Blakespear pledges to keep up the fight to protect the health of Southern California’s coastal communities, marine ecosystems, and tourism economy from the threat of future spills.