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3 new laws signed by Governor Brown respond to Refugio oil spill

Jordan Bell

Three bills designed to protect the California coast from future oil spills are now law after being signed by Governor Jerry Brown Thursday. 

Two were written by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D- Santa Barbara) and one was written by Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) all in response to May's Refugio pipeline incident.

AB 864 requires pipelines to use the best achievable technology to reduce the amount of oil released during a rupture.

SB 295 and SB 414 require annual oil pipeline inspections by the State Fire Marshal and a new plan to make oil spill response faster and more effective.

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein joined senators from Washington and Oregon to introduce a bill in Congress aimed at protecting the West Coast from offshore drilling. The legislation would permanently prohibit offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf.

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