Letters to the Editor

Look again at the vote against Chumash marine sanctuary

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced a plan saying that “responsible development of offshore energy resources would boost jobs and economic security while providing billions of dollars to fund conservation along U.S. coastlines”

Five days later, Florida was dropped from the plan.

Why? President Donald Trump narrowly won the state’s 29 electoral votes in the 2016 election and has encouraged Gov. Rick Scott to run for the Senate.

The state is also important economically, with a multibillion-dollar tourism business built on sunshine and miles of white, sandy beaches. Well, so much for “jobs and economic security.”

In January of 2017, after a five-hour public hearing on the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary and the receipt of 15,000+ petition signatures in support of the sanctuary, Supervisors Lynn Compton, Debbie Arnold and John Peschong directed staff to prepare a resolution opposing the sanctuary

Their rationale?

We have plenty of local, state and federal regulations that protect everything already so we don’t need a marine sanctuary.

But the troika’s reluctance strongly suggested their opposition was actually based on marine sanctuary prohibitions against new offshore oil and gas development.

It’s not local control that they want; they want control of the locals.

Arlene Carol, Nipomo

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