Supervisor Jim Desmond
Last week, I received a call that I knew would happen, but I hoped I would not. Oil balls were found in Oxygenide and Carlsbad. We did not know if they had come from Long Beach oil spills, but we did. I joined many of my colleagues from North County during a press conference at Carlsbad State Beach.
After all, there is no immediate threat to the public. A bomb has exploded at several sites, including Lake Aguwa Heidionda, which leads to a saltwater treatment plant in Carlsbad. The Carlsbad Dissolution Factory continues to operate normally without any oil on the site, and there are no plans to shut it down. If you see tar or oil on the beach, you are encouraged to report it at 866-985-8366. Members of the community can call 877-823-6926 to see the impact of wildlife on oil spills.
These are recent facts, but this serves as a great reminder that we must always reaffirm our opposition to offshore oil exploration in our region. The destructive process associated with coastal drilling poses a serious threat to the state’s coastal economy and environment.
A.D. In 2019, the Board of Supervisors sent a letter to the federal government rejecting any proposal to allow offshore oil exploration on the coast.
I will keep up to date with the latest oil spills, but we must do our best to protect our beaches and marine life. We have all seen disturbing images from Orange County and do not want to see the same devastation in San Diego County.