Santa Barbara County panel OKs offshore oil drilling
A divided Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in
support of offshore drilling, after an impassioned daylong hearing in
which this year's record gas prices trumped the memory of a disastrous
By a 3-2 vote that broke along geographic lines, supervisors agreed to send a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urging him to change state policy and "allow expanded oil exploration and extraction" off the county's coast.