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Groups want US to suspend oil leases off California coast

California Oil Spill
Posted at 8:26 PM, Oct 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-20 23:26:57-04

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A group of environmental organizations is demanding the Biden administration suspend and cancel oil and gas leases in federal waters off the California coast after a recent crude oil spill.

The Center for Biological Diversity and about three dozen organizations sent a petition Wednesday to the Department of the Interior.

The groups say offshore drilling threatens wildlife, fisheries, and tourism, and the platforms off the coast of California are especially susceptible to problems due to their age.

The move comes several weeks after an undersea pipeline leaked about 25,000 gallons of crude into the ocean off Orange County.

The Department of the Interior declined to comment on the petition.