The House Of Representatives passed legislation which would allow new oil, and gas drilling off the coasts of Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.
The bill is part of a five year transportation, and energy package.
The plan would allow new drilling off of existing oil platforms, and the oil and gas would have to be shipped through existing pipelines.
Democrats, including Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara had opposed the bill, while Republicans like Congressman Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley supported it.
Republicans say it would reduce foreign oil dependence, and lower gas prices, while Democrats say it would only have a minor impact on supplies, and extend our dependence on fossil fuels.
It passed the House by a 237-187 margin.
However, it still has to go to the Senate, where it’s expected to face tougher opposition. The President has vowed to veto the plan, which would also allow new drilling off of other areas of the West, and East Coasts, as well as off Alaska.