A network of companies working to protect the state’s most vital and threatened capital — the coast, ocean, bays, rivers, and streams that power our economy, the Blue Business Council stood up in support of a new law that blocked offshore oil and gas drilling, which was signed by Governor Brown in September.
Senate Bill 834 (Jackson) prohibits the leasing of state lands and waters for construction of new pipelines, platforms, and other infrastructure needed to bring offshore oil and gas to shore for processing.
“California’s iconic coastline is everything to our community – and it is where our founder decided to start our company almost 45 years ago. Patagonia is still based here because of this area’s natural beauty, wildlife and iconic surf break. It’s worth so much more than the oil beneath us. Over 150 million people come annually to visit our beaches, and, in doing so, support restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and countless other businesses. We must continue to protect our coast and ocean from the inevitable risks of new offshore drilling: for the sake of our communities, our economy, and our environment. Patagonia is proud to work with other members of the Blue Business Council and groups like the California Coastkeeper Alliance to defend California’s coast,” said Hans Cole, Director of Environmental Campaigns and Advocacy of Patagonia.
“The Trump administration’s reckless offshore drilling plan triggered a statewide wave of resistance, and lawmakers clearly got the message: California will not risk our beloved beaches or multibillion dollar blue economy,” said Sean Bothwell, Policy Director, California Coastkeeper Alliance.
Patagonia is a member of the Blue Business Council founded by the California Coastkeeper Alliance. Learn more at BlueBizCouncil.org.
Executive Director Sean Bothwell leads CCKA’s initiatives to protect and defend California’s ocean, bays and rivers.