The oil pipeline in the coast of Santa Barbara which exploded three years ago spilling oil into the ocean affecting aquatic life has not yet been re-opened. Nevertheless, oil spills wash up in the Coast of California. Photographic evidence shows an oil rig as a pelican flies over the oil spill at Refugio state beach, California. Lawmakers are contemplating to disassemble two oil-drilling facilities because the companies funding the rented sites went bankrupt, this would cost approximately $100 million of taxpayers’ money.
California is known as an oil state, over the recent years it has considered environmental hazards. Having 31 oil drilling stations and islands California has to drill back in the petroleum franchise. California’s petroleum dating back to the 1950’s have come to the end of their productive lives will have to be deconstructed in the coming years. Initially, companies agreed to fund disassembling oil facilities to save the oceans, but their inability to go through with it led to the proposal of using taxpayer’s money as funding. The state requires $50.5 million and $58 million to demolish the oil facilities at Rincon valley stated bankrupt after the owner charged with several safety violations and one known as platform Holly who has been trivial since American pipeline shutdown respectively. The approximated money is only for obliterating the oil platforms it requires much more to withdraw oil drilling out of business entirely.
The Democratic-led state of California is looking forward to starting using clean energy rather than petroleum, while the Republican administration led by President Donald want to start drilling oil in federal waters, it’s a theoretical altercation. The Republican government is holding state meetings to try and get support to expand offshore drilling, California state meeting set for Feb 8. California controls waters a few meters away from the shore, while they can’t control what happens in the federal waters they hinder oil transportation, this is the reason why the central administration wants approval from California to expand. There is a dire need to close up oil platforms due to the risks to the environment and marine life, without proper funding it proves challenging to dismantle oil facilities thus the proposal to use the public’s tax.
Without fast action there will be oil spills and the government will be liable bringing about legal risk. The $108.5 million is but a small fraction of the $190 billion required completely obliterating oil facilities.