Assemblymember Janet Nguyen Donates Masks to the Bolsa Chica Conservancy to Assist in the Clean Up of the Oil Spill


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – Assemblymember Janet Nguyen partnered with the Lestonnac Clinic in Orange and other community non-profits to donate and personally deliver 900 KN95 masks and 500 elastomeric masks to the CEO of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Mr. Patrick Brenden.

“We now have over 1,000 volunteers on our community beaches helping clean up our shorelines following the oil spill,” said Assemblymember Janet Nguyen. “It is important that we prioritize the health and safety of these volunteers. Clean Up Assessment Teams have been deployed to our areas and are also at other beaches, particularly in the San Diego area. My office is here to make sure they have the support they need to get the job done.”

Patrick Brenden, CEO of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy responded to the donation saying, “The generosity of a caring community was on full display today with the donation of critical supplies needed in the wake of the recent oil spill. At the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, we are grateful for the actions of Assemblymember Janet Nguyen who spearheaded efforts to bring in these critical items.”

Edward Gerber, Executive Director of the Lestonnac Clinic who helped with the donations added, “Lestonnac is happy to help the health of our community in any way we can. We are honored to contribute to the volunteer effort to clean up the Bolsa Chica Conservancy! Thank you to all the volunteers assisting with the cleanup efforts!”

The oil spill was reported on Saturday October 2, 2021. It 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. 

According to recent updates from the Unified Command, a soft patch has been applied to the oil pipeline split and the possibility of another leak has been removed completely. There is no longer any visible oil on the water.

 “I want to send a special thanks to the Lestonnac Free Clinic and the other community non-profits who partnered and worked with me so we could make this happen and thank you to all the volunteers who are giving their time and service to cleaning up our beaches,” said Assemblymember Janet Nguyen.

The office will keep you updated on further updates regarding this oil spill.