U.S. House votes to protect more coastline

Apr 09, 2008

Observers said the U.S. Senate this week is expected to approve a plan to protect 1,000 square miles off the California coast from oil drilling.

The bill, passed last week in the House, would expand the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries in northern California to cover ocean waters off a 76-mile stretch of Sonoma and Mendocino counties to protect fishing areas, migrating whales, seals, sharks and seabirds. The area lies within one of the richest marine feeding grounds in the world, the Christian Science Monitor said Tuesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bipartisan bill is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, fishermen, business developments groups and environmental advocates."

President George Bush is likely to sign the measure once it passes through the Senate, the newspaper said

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Montana oil spill estimate lowered to 30,000 gallons

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

UN moves toward major treaty for ocean biodiversity

Jan 25, 2015

UN member states agreed Saturday to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, in a move heralded by environmental organizations.

Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

Jan 25, 2015

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales ...

Climate change does not bode well for picky eaters

Jan 20, 2015

In a part of the world that is experiencing the most dramatic increase in temperature and climate change, two very similar species of animals are responding very differently. New research published today ...

Recommended for you

Montana oil spill estimate lowered to 30,000 gallons

13 hours ago

Authorities have lowered their estimate of how much oil spilled from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, briefly contaminating the water supply of a city downstream.

British lawmakers demand freeze on fracking

Jan 26, 2015

A committee of British lawmakers demanded a national moratorium on fracking due to environmental concerns on Monday, ahead of a crucial vote intended to boost the shale gas industry.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

SDMike
5 / 5 (1) Apr 09, 2008
Exactly how stupid is our government? Oil at historic highs, economy in the dumper, fuel costs hurting industry - response? Prevent oil drilling.
IDIOTS!

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.