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California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Four Bills Addressing Oil Spill Response and Pipeline Safety

Prepared for the Katten Safety Advisory Group
Advisory | October 15, 2015

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed four legislative bills addressing oil spill response and pipeline safety, all of which were inspired by two recent California incidents. On May 19, 2015, an underground pipeline in Refugio State Beach, near Santa Barbara, California, experienced a crude oil leak that resulted in an oil spill that reached the ocean. Explained more fully below, Senate Bill 295, Assembly Bill 864, and Senate Bill 414 set forth new requirements for oil spill response and increase the frequency of required pipeline inspections. Assembly Bill 1420, meanwhile, was inspired by a 2014 gas leak from an underground pipeline running beneath the community of Arvin, California. It will define the agency’s jurisdiction with respect to responding to pipeline leaks and will require operators to submit maps of pipelines that they own, which the agency will use to conduct periodic spot checks of those pipelines...

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