End Commercial Oil Shipping Through our Channel
Millions of barrels of oil travel through the Santa Barbara Channel each year on supertankers bound for ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles. California’s reliance on overseas oil — imported crude and other products supplied more than half of the state’s energy needs in 2018 — unfairly opens our community to the threat of a catastrophic spill.
But oil tankers and large cargo ships do more than threaten our community with a possible oil spill. They also pollute the air we breathe. Approximately 70 percent of greenhouse gas-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted in Santa Barbara County originate from the marine traffic.
The Channel is one of the most biologically diverse and delicate ecosystems in the state. The pristine waters and undisturbed coastlines are home to a wide variety of marine life, including three species of endangered whales that frequent the waters during their annual migration. While parts of the coastline and Channel are protected by state and federal law, these rules don’t go far enough.
Last year, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) officials reported that 11 whales were struck and killed by large cargo ships and oil tankers that often pass through the Channel. We’re on track to surpass that this year.
Bruce wants to lead the charge to end commercial shipping through the Channel, an issue County leaders have ignored for decades. He wants to protect marine ecosystems by reducing emissions present and eliminate the threat disastrous oil spills in the ecologically sensitive area.
Show your support to end commercial oil shipping in the Santa Barbara Channel by signing our pledge.