Texas Wesleyan Law Review
What generalizations can be drawn from this combination of history, geography and demographics, and the shared authority of statewide agencies and powerful local agencies? The majority of California voters live in the coastal plain. They, generally speaking, are not favorably inclined toward the oil and gas industry. As a result, the statewide agencies, with the exception of the DOGGR, tend not to be favorably inclined toward the oil and gas industry. The ranks of the DOGGR are filled with people who have come out of the oil and gas industry and thus, tend to be favorably inclined toward the industry. The predilections and biases of local agencies depend on their location. In the coastal plain these agencies are answerable, either directly or indirectly, to a local electorate that tends to be anti-oil. As a result local agencies in the coastal plain tend to be anti-oil. In the central valley, these local agencies are answerable to an electorate that tends to be politically conservative and pro-oil. As a result, local agencies in the central valley tend to be pro-oil.
Edward S. Renwick,
Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.37419/TWLR.V18.I3.5