SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Assemblymember Janet Nguyen was appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon to the Assembly Select Committee on the Orange County Oil Spill. You can view the announcement HERE.
“It has been two weeks of tireless efforts and work trying to get to the bottom of why this spill occurred but the work has just begun,” said Assemblymember Janet Nguyen. “I represent one of the most beautiful shorelines in California and will do whatever it takes to protect it. I have already begun work right here in my District to clean up our beaches and work with the investigators. I look forward to also taking my efforts to Sacramento where I can work with my colleagues on solutions to ensure our coastlines remain welcoming for years to come.”
The oil spill was reported on Saturday October 2, 2021. The spill’s origin is believed to be about four miles offshore along a 17.5-mile pipeline that is 80 to 100 feet below the surface. The crude oil was determined to have leaked from the underground pipeline that was found with a 13-inch split along its length and moved more than 100 feet.
The spill is now being investigated by the California Department of Justice, an announcement that came soon after Assemblymember Janet Nguyen and Senator Pat Bates sent a letter requesting a federal investigation to the United States Office of Pipeline Safety and multiple state agencies.
“We cannot allow something like this to happen again. Our constituents are demanding answers and solutions. As your State Assemblymember, I have an obligation to get that information to you. I look forward to the work my colleagues and I will accomplish on this Select Committee,” said Assemblymember Janet Nguyen.
The office will keep you updated on further updates regarding this oil spill.