Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Pro-Oil Drilling Legislation Defeated in CA and Thousands Gather in Opposition to Drilling.

Every spring and summer several bills go through the state legislature.  Fortunately, the Surfrider Foundation caught Assembly Bill 2719, which would have opened our coastlines to more drilling in California state waters.  The bill was defeated after staunch opposition from the Surfrider Foundation and Environment California.  Surfrider, along with Environment California, headed out on a "Not the Answer Road Show" of five California towns to educate local communities about the dangers of drilling and the importance of defeating the bill.  Toward the end of the "road show" the bill was defeated in the Natural Resource Committee.

To learn more about our Not the Answer Campaign go here. 

In other oil news... on June 26th, thousands of Californians joined hands in opposition to offshore oil drilling.  The "Hands Across the Sand" movement started in Florida and has now become a worldwide movement of grassroots citizens.   On June 26 over 100,000 people joined hands around the world at 900 different sites.  The event was featured on CNN, New York Times, and other major media outlets.  The Surfrider Foundation was the main sponsor for a press conference at the Santa Monica Pier which drew celebrities, elected officials, and concerned citizens.

Here are a few videos from the event.

This video was shown on CNN iReport featuring Laird Hamilton,  Here is another video from the press conference

And this 15 sec video was taken by a lifeguard from his tower.  Great birds-eye view!


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