California lawmakers form panel to investigate oil spill

Jun 9, 2015 3:21 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are forming a special legislative committee to investigate the state's largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

It's the latest government response to a pipeline breach near Santa Barbara in May that caused 101,000 gallons of oil to blacken beaches and create an ocean slick.

Lawmakers on Tuesday announced a Select Committee on the Refugio Oil Spill will hold hearings to investigate how to avert similar incidents.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, says the spill was an avoidable tragedy.

The panel headed by Santa Barbara Democratic Sen. Hannah Beth-Jackson will hold its first hearing later this month in Santa Barbara.

Jackson is also pushing legislation to increase the number of pipeline inspections and allow more boats to respond to future spills.

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