Councilmembers oppose oil drilling off San Diego

SAN DIEGO – Three San Diego city councilmembers joined together Monday to demand that the Trump administration remove San Diego from the list of potential oil drilling sites released by the Department of the Interior earlier this month.

Council member Barbara Bry called the presidents executive order backwards and a threat, "San Diego's past, present and future is defined by the ocean and we need to protect it. The presidents reckless policy threatens our abundant wildlife and coastal communities with oil spills and toxic pollution."

Democrats Barbara Bry and David Alvarez joined Republican Lorie Zapf and several environmental groups including Oceana to oppose reopening the coastal waters of San Diego and the rest of California to oil drilling.

Citing the our reliance on our ‘ocean economy’ – not only from tourism, but the fishing industry, jobs relating to the military – as well as on-going military exercises along our coastline. In District 8, Councilmember David Alverez represents Naval Base San Diego, “where we house 16 Navy ships, 50 separate commands and 50,000 men and women military and civilian that are working in this community.”

A representativa from the National organization Oceana made a poignant argument, "the threat of a "BP Deepwater Horizon" like disaster off of our coast it’s just not worth the risk to put thousands of hard-working San Diegans and  their jobs at risk for decades to come. Drilling is a forever decision." Oceana will hold a rally Saturday February 3rd from 11am to 1pm at Belmont Shores in Mission Beach.