>> We will send a message to Washington, DC. Do not pollute our planet for your profit.>> California saying no to the Trump administration's plan to increase oil drilling off its coast. Environmental activist turned up in the state capital Sacramento on Thursday to protest ahead of a public meeting about the proposed drilling expansion.
Reuters correspondent Sharon Bernstein was there.>> Well, it's not just environmentalist who are complaining about this. State officials have expressed their concerns, their anger, they're demanding that California be removed from the plan. And the State Lands Commission which approves the use of pipeline through state lands has said, it will no allow any oil from these new rigs should they go up to pass through the state.
The Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom said yesterday, not one drop of oil from these rigs would pass through California on his watch.>> It's not the first push back President Donald Trump is getting as he tries to open nearly all US offshore waters to oil and gas drilling. Officials in states up and down the east and west coasts have warned drilling could spoil beaches, harm wildlife and hurt lucrative tourism industries.
Florida managed to opt out of the plan and other states want to do the same. Opponents point to BP's Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, resulting in the largest oil spill in American history which caused billions of dollars in economic damage. The US Interior Department, the same one trying to increase offshore drilling late last year proposed to eliminate some safety regulations that the Obama administration put in place after the disaster.
Offshore drilling is the latest flash point in a feud that's pitted progressive California against the White House over issues from climate change to fuel efficiency standards to immigration.>> On this issue, California has some firsthand experience. It's restricted offshore drilling since an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969.
In 2015, another spill in Santa Barbara County left slicks that stretched over nine miles.