May 3, 2010 5:30 PM by Melissa Canone
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is
withdrawing his support of a plan to expand oil drilling off the
California coast, citing the environmental tragedy in the Gulf of
Speaking during a news conference Monday, Schwarzenegger said
television images of the oil spill in the Gulf have changed his
mind about the safety of ocean-based oil platforms.
The Republican governor had proposed expanding oil drilling off
the coast of Santa Barbara to help close the state's $20 billion
budget deficit, so withdrawing his support essentially kills the
idea since he would have to include it in his May budget revision.