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Activists Protest Off-Shore Drilling in Long Beach


Climate activist and organizer Miles Aiello led more than a dozen demonstrat­ors in a protest of off-shore drilling in Long Beach on Nov. 6 outside the Long Beach City Hall.

The protest is the latest demonstrat­ion calling for the end of off-shore drilling since the Oct. 1 spill of 30,000 gallons of oil that leaked from a pipeline connecting an oil drilling platform just off the Orange County coast with the Port of Long Beach. Though the cause of the spill is still under investigat­ion, Coast Guard officials believe it was caused by a freighter dragging its anchor over the pipeline, cutting into it. The spill led numerous local public officials, including Assemblyma­n Patrick O’Donnell, to call for an end to offshore oil drilling off the Southern California coast.

O’Donnell has a bill that’s been languishin­g in the assembly for the past nine months that would get the state to start setting aside money again to pay for the eventual abandonmen­t of Long Beach oil wells. He believes his bill will get new life.

“I think the topic will receive a lot more attention next year because we had an oil spill,” O’Donnell reportedly said last month.

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Photo by Raphael Richardson

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