Assembly members submit oil spill legislation,
call for independent review
By Ari Burack
December 6, 2007
Members of the state assembly gathered in San Francisco today
to announce the introduction of legislation addressing oil spill
response and to call on the governor to set up an independent
review of the response to the Nov. 7 Cosco Busan oil spill in
San Francisco Bay.
Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-East Bay, Assembly Speaker pro
Tempore Sally Lieber, D-San Jose, Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San
Francisco, Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, D Redwood City, and Assemblyman
Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, made the announcement this morning
at the Ramp Restaurant, located on San Francisco's bay waterfront.
The proposed legislation is intended to strengthen the state's
oil spill prevention and response laws; increase the ability of
local agencies to respond to spills; assist the development of
new technologies in spill response; and require stricter standards
for large, nontank vessels in state waters, according to Hans
Hemann, a spokesman for Hancock.
The legislation will be submitted in January, Hemann said.
The legislators also called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to
set up an independent commission to review the Cosco Busan response
effort and make improvements to the state's oil spill response
program, according to Hemann.
State Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco/North Bay, and other
state senators today also announced the introduction of similar
legislation addressing oil spill response and called on the governor
to support an independent investigation of the Cosco Busan response
by the state auditor.
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