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The Top Censored Environmental Story of 2012?
Dan Bacher
Missing from Natural Resources Secretary John Laird’s comments and the mostly fawning corporate media “coverage” of the completion of the “nation’s first statewide open coast system of marine protected areas” was any mention of the key fact that Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), served as the Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Blue Ribbon Task Force that created the “marine protected areas” on the South Coast. Photo: The 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an unprecedented disaster for fish, wildlife, fishing communities and the entire ecoystem. Unfortunately, the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force to create "marine protected areas" in southern California was chaired by Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the president of the Western States Petroleum Association and an ardent advocate of new oil drilling off the West Coast. What type of marine "protection" is overseen by a big oil lobbyist?

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