October 20, 2021
Who’s opposing off-shore oil drilling?
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – There are renewed calls to ban drilling off the California coast in the wake of the oil pipeline rupture near Huntington Beach.

When the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) last raised the question in its July 2021 survey, 72% were opposed.

Spikes in opposition have occurred following oil spills after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Opposition is widespread. Across parties, overwhelming majorities of Democrats and independents oppose more drilling, while far fewer Republicans are opposed.

There is solid majority opposition across the state, though opposition is higher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles than elsewhere in the state. Residents who live along the coast (75%) are more likely than inland Californians (64%) to be opposed, the PPIC said.
Story Date: October 6, 2021
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