Calif. Drilling Proposal Draws Fire From Lands Panel

Law360, New York (June 5, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- With California facing a daunting $24.3 billion budget deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed gaining new revenue by extending offshore oil drilling through a plan that has already won support from environmental groups, but the move has drawn opposition from the state lands commission.

The California State Lands Commission passed a resolution earlier this week urging the Legislature to block the proposal, claiming it would bypass the commission’s decision in January rejecting the bid by Plains Exploration & Production Co.

“This is a deliberate attempt to...
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