Hello, my name is Karen. I’m calling from Oakland. And No. Oil drilling should not be permitted off the California coast. I remember when my daughter was in college in Santa Barbara. We hadn’t been there before. We went to walk on the beach and our feet got all sticky and we were told there had been an oil spill. Just that memory alone and thinking of what it does to birds and animals and fish. It’s terrible. Don’t do it.
Marilyn, Potter Valley:
Hi, my name is Marilyn and I absolutely do not think that there should be any drilling off the California coast. I’m in Potter Valley.
My name is Lisa and I’m calling from Albany, California. My opinion is, Hell No. We don’t need any more drilling in California off the coast period. As a matter fact, there is really no more need for more oil. I don’t see any other purpose for this except to make somebody a profit that is already sufficiently wealthy. Thank you.
Tiffany, San Francisco:
Hi Tiffany, Pfeiffer calling from San Francisco, California. My response is: when we think about drilling oil, what is the purpose of drilling oil? And that is to provide an energy resource that we know is finite and causes a lot of damage through the drilling practices that happen right there on site, through emitting greenhouse gases, the transportation involved, the land cover it takes away, the habitat it destroys, all these things. So I guess my comment is: No, I don’t think we should join because we need to have science come before that and science is telling us that we need to switch our fuel sources and we need to protect our land and our oceans. And we don’t have many more species to kill. We don’t have much more land to pollute because the ecosystems can only handle so much pollution. We don’t have any more land to turn over into a fossil fuel tar pit and oil spills in the ocean. So I think you get my point, science is telling us we need to take care of the planet more. So I think we need to put that first always and we have other sources that we can invest in it. Don’t you worry, the economy will be okay. Thanks. Bye.
My name is Karen. I’m calling from Berkeley California. And I do not think any drilling should be allowed off the California coast or off any Coast around the United States. It’s too dangerous. There’s always a break. There’s always a leak. There’s always a spill. There’s always a tragedy. There’s always a crisis. And the implications are far reaching. And they last for years and years and are very destructive to the environment. We don’t need it. Got plenty of sun in California, let’s use that! Thank you.
My name is Margaret and I’m calling from Cambria, California. Do I think oil drilling should be allowed off the coast of California? Absolutely not. Drilling for oil offshore is not necessary. Alternative renewable energy projects are growing faster than the climate change-inducing petroleum industry. The solar and wind industries are creating jobs at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the US economy and the potential for damage from offshore oil outweighs the benefits of any petroleum produced.
Every stage of offshore oil production has damaging aspects. Exploration of the undersea oil itself is very damaging. It uses high-impact seismic cannons, blasting shockwaves through the water and sea bed. The seismic surveys damage the hearing of marine species and leads to marine life disruption. The resulting decrease in fish stocks causes economic damage to our food supply. Drilling and extraction operations create various negative environmental and economic impacts. Offshore drilling platforms impact living conditions on land. The air pollution emissions are known to aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma. They may be responsible for development and reproductive health issues. The chemicals used pollute the water around the drilling platform and in ground water tables. Offshore rigs dump tons of drilling fluid, metal, cutting toxic metal such as lead, chromium, mercury, and carcinogenic bensi. Each drilling rig produces black carbon, contributing to the elevated levels of mercury in the water and the fish and accelerating climate change.
Perhaps the most destructive part of these operations are the epic failures of catastrophic explosions, blow outs, and spills. These operations pose a threat to human health, especially to oil platform workers. The fatality rates for these workers are 7 times higher than they are for the general working population. The major negative impact of offshore spills is the destruction of marine life in the local and neighboring waters. Exposure to crude oil in small amounts is toxic to most forms of marine life. Oil spilled in a single incident at the deep water horizon was estimated to be 4.9 million barrels. I am not willing to let the interest of oil development overcome the protection of our communities, marine life, and economic well-being. Our very existence depends on protecting the habitat that provides jobs, food, clean water, and the very air we breathe. So, offshore oil drilling in California? Absolutely not.
Hi, my name is Gregory. I live in Oakland, California. I don’t believe there should be oil drilling off the coast of California. There’s a lot of innovative green research in our state, I believe, to have us think about other alternatives than continuing down the very dumb path of fossil fuel extraction, which is clearly only going to lead to more issues with global warming. So no. No, thank you.
Linda, San Francisco:
Hi, I’m Linda in San Francisco and I am against offshore drilling. I remember the many oil spills, but especially one in Santa Barbara when I was a teenager and for years later the beach was spoiled. You could see this sick gunky stuff that kept coming up to shore. And all pipelines leak. And we should be going toward sustainable power/energy and not toward fossil fuels. It’s just heating up our climate and our atmosphere to a point where we couldn’t survive if we continue this way, so no, I don’t want to drill off the coast or anywhere else. Thanks.
This is Erin from Albion, California and I think that offshore drilling would be a complete disaster for every reason you can think of. Bad for the sea. Bad for the shore. Bad for the human inhabitants because it would ruin our tourist industry and that’s all we’ve got up here. And horrible for the environment in general and we don’t need more oil. Just a terrible idea. Don’t go for it.
Katherine from Capitola. Oil drilling should absolutely not be allowed off the coast of California. Our mission is to precious for it to be any further contaminated with inevitable oil spills. Additionally, California’s economy is dependent on tourism. In fact, tourism is the second largest industry in the state and oil covered beaches with destroyed habitat would not be a good thing for our tourist economy. So again, oil drilling should absolutely not be allowed off the coast of California. Thank you.