Two California legislators want to increase the frequency of pipeline inspections, after a break near Santa Barbara two weeks ago blackened beaches with crude oil and created a 9-mile slick in the Pacific.
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara and Assemblyman Das Williams of Carpinteria also want to expand the number of boats that could quickly respond to ocean spills and make sure the best technology is used in coastal pipelines.
The two Democrats said Tuesday they plan to introduce a group of bills shortly, in response to the May 19 spill in which up to 101,000 gallons of oil escaped. An estimated 21,000 gallons reached the Pacific.
Jackson wants inspections conducted each year and wants to give the state fire marshal a role in inspecting federally regulated pipelines.