As oil and dead wildlife wash up, California seeks end to offshore drilling. Why its hands are tied

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The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As dead birds wash ashore on Southern California beaches, the victims of a major oil spill, environmentalists are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to reduce the state’s ties to the oil industry. But the oil spill fouling Orange County’s shoreline occurred outside the state’s jurisdiction. Once the oil industry moves more than three miles offshore, into waters controlled by the federal government, California’s power shrinks considerably — a point that’s been driven home dramatically by the massive oil spill that occurred over the weekend south of Long Beach. The spill has dumpe…

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