Quote of the Day - Oil prices have fallen lately. We include this news for the benefit of gas stations, which otherwise wouldn't learn of it for six months.
That lawsuit just sounds wrong. But, the oil industry may have a good argument. The South Coast Air Quality Management District tried to regulate air quality with its fleet rules, but the Supreme Court shut down that argument (see the last link).
There are big stakes in this dispute - there are about about 4,000 oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico that other states could try to regulate if California is successful. There are only only about 22 rigs in federal waters here in California. Here's a primer on oil rig pollution.
The USEPA regulates oil platforms in federal waters, and the oil industry claims the Coastal Commission is engaged in a turf war. The Commission claims the oil rigs are dodging legitimate pollution regulations.
My money's on the oil industry on this one.