California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed three new laws on oil pipeline preventive and contingency planning requirements spurred by the Plains All American Pipeline spill west of Santa Barbara that contaminated beaches along a 100-mile strip of Southern California's coast in May (see Shale Daily, June 30). Two of the bills (SB 414 and 295) were authored by Santa Barbara Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson to mandate more effective responses to oil spills and requirements for annual oil pipeline inspections by the state fire marshal, replacing the past practice of doing the inspections every two or more years. A third measure (AB 864) requires pipeline operators of infrastructure in waters or that could impact waters to have oil spill contingency plans submitted to the state and approved. Brown called the effects from this year's Santa Barbara spill "devastating" to birds, mammals and marine life, and to the local fishing and recreation economy.
West Coast Correspondent | Los Angeles, CA Richard Nemec began writing for NGI in 1995 and has 30 years experience in the energy industry. He holds BA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and a MA in journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; and completed MBA courses at Northwestern's Evening Graduate School of Management.
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