November 2015, Vol. 242, No. 11

Features

In the News: California Tightens Responses to Future Energy Spills

Just months after a pipeline rupture dumped 20,000 gallons of oil into the ocean on Oct. 8 near Santa Barbara, CA, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills aimed at preventing and better responding to future spills. Brown said he signed the bills “in order to more fully protect our inland and coastal communities and environments from the harm of oil spills.” The Los Angeles Times reported that the state fire marshal now must annually inspect all intrastate pipelines under its jurisdiction by approving SB 295. The May 19 spill at Refugio State Beach involved a section of corroded pipeline that was being inspected every other year. Over 100,000 gallons spilled, with one-fifth o

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