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Oil Drilling off Santa Barbara Coast Back on the Table

Off the coast of Santa Barbara | Photo by bossco via Flickr
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Despite the fact that the state Assembly rejected a proposal allowing new offshore drilling in the budget vote a few weeks ago, the issues is back. Or, as Dan Jacobson of Environment California puts it, "the coast won and the oil companies lost... Or so it would seem."

As the LA Times explains, "after the measure failed, Assembly leaders expunged the vote altogether, sparing lawmakers running for reelection an official record of their controversial decision. The voting logs made available to the public on the Legislature's website do not indicate who voted for and against the bill on July 24."

Jacobson calls it "an archaic rule and a sneaky move by the oil companies and their cronies." Rules in the state Senate do not allow for votes to be expunged.