Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, presented his resolution calling for a federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling off the California coast to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee today. The measure passed, but over the opposition of Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, whose district includes most of the same areas of Santa Barbara County that Nava represents.
Discussion of the resolution led to an interesting exchange between the two coastal lawmakers.
Strickland said that in talking with people in Santa Barbara he has heard, "anecdotally," that oil and tar on local beaches used to be far worse than it is today because offshore drilling has relieved pressure that previously resulted in more natural seepage of oil.
Responded Nava: "You're talking to different people than I do."