Following the oil spill off the California coast earlier this month, Huntington Beach City Council voted this week to support a ban on new offshore oil drilling off the state’s coast.
According to the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organisation that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans and beaches, Huntington Beach was the 100th West Coast community to pass a resolution officially opposing the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling.
“It’s really disturbing to learn that there were a lot of safety precautions that were not taken, there were a lot of corners that appear to have been cut,” said Huntington Beach mayor Kim Carr. “A lot of the alarms that should have gone off didn’t go off, so I think we need to be more forward-thinking. I think this resolution is a good first step.”
“As oil is still washing up on our beloved coasts in Southern California, we are witnessing first-hand the devastating repercussions of offshore drilling off our coastlines,” said Bill Hickman, Surfrider Southern California regional manager, in a statement. “The decision made by the city of Huntington Beach to oppose offshore drilling shows leadership, and we commend their efforts to avoid the same disaster from happening again.”