California State Senate

Senator Umberg to participate in upcoming Oil Spill Hearing

Chair of the Natural Resources & Water Committee, Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) and key California legislators will hold an informational hearing to investigate and seek further information regarding the recent Southern California Oil Spill at 12:00 PM PDT on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

The spill, which originated in federal waters near Huntington Beach, California, has been estimated to release about 600 barrels of oil into the Pacific Ocean. While the spill response in proceeding and area coastline is being cleaned up, as feasible, the spill has impacted local wildlife, beach access and public recreation, and raises questions about ongoing offshore oil development given the importance of natural resources to the local economy and climate change.

Legislators will investigate the oil spill timeline and response, explore state and federal jurisdictions, and invite stakeholder perspectives when it comes to the future of offshore oil drilling in California.

Speakers at Thursday’s oversight hearing will include Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles), Senator Thomas Umberg (D-Orange County), Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine), member of the Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee, and representatives from impacted counties, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, California State Lands Commission, and California Coastal Commission.

The hearing will be livestreamed on the Senate Website: senate.ca.gov

This article was released by the California State Senate.