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Santa Barbara offshore drilling ban fails

Santa Barbara offshore drilling ban fails

Legislation to slap a permanent ban on oil drilling in state waters off Santa Barbara died in the Assembly on Tuesday evening. Facing strong lobbying from the oil industry, the bill, SB 1096 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), couldn't get close to the minimum 41 votes needed to pass. The final tally was 28 to 34. In presenting the measure, Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) argued that colleagues should give him their support because of the importance of protecting his district's fragile coastline. Parts of the same Santa Barbara County coast were devastated by an oil spill 45 years ago. "We should not be drilling for oil in our equivalent of the...