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Stanford Law and Water Quality Experts Discuss Possible Expansion of Offshore Oil Drilling Operations

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The federal government has made clear its intention to open U.S. coastal waters to offshore drilling, but Californians beg to differ. Like Florida – alone among coastal states in receiving an exemption to the drilling plan – California relies on its iconic coastline for economic stimulus, recreation and other cherished values.

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