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Obama triples area of protected California coastline

December 22, 2012
"Today's action puts one of the most ecologically important and sensitive coastal areas out of harm's way."
- Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune

On Friday President Obama announced the government would add almost 3,000 square miles of California coastline to the National Marine Sanctuary system, reports the Sierra Club.

The designation, which triples the area of California coastline under protection to 4,500 square miles, expands two marine preserves: the Gulf of Farallones Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts. It prohibits offshore oil and gas drilling, while allowing fishing.

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