Refugio Oil Spill Inspires New Legislation

Refugio Oil Spill

In response to the Refugio oil spill in May, two bills that would impact or limit the oil industry passed out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Monday.

Senate Bill 414, or the Rapid Oil Spill Response Act, would help make oil spill response faster, more effective and more environmentally friendly, according to officials. The bill would create a voluntary program for local fishing vessels and crews to become paid contractors who can immediately respond to oil spills through the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR).

The bill would also place a ban on the use of toxic dispersants for cleaning up oil spills and require OSPR to study the best available technology for oil spill cleanup and use that technology to respond to spills.

The bill passed on a bipartisan 8-1 vote.

SUN News will continue to follow the story. We will be posting video interviews with various officials at the site of the clean up.