In Huntington Beach, Governor Newsom discusses emergency response to southern California oil spill

By on October 6, 2021 0

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Governor Gavin Newsom visited Bolsa Chica State Beach today for a briefing by the US Coast Guard, the Governor’s Emergency Services Office and officials from the California Natural Resources Agency on the emergency response to the oil spill off Huntington Beach. Governor Newsom yesterday declared a state of emergency in Orange County to support urgent work underway to protect public health and the environment from the spill, which originated in federal waters.

“I thank all federal, state and local stakeholders who have come together to protect communities and the environment along California’s world-famous coastline,” said Governor Newsom, who today met with federal officials. , state and local on the ground in Huntington Beach. “We are closely coordinating the cleanup efforts and making sure we hold the parties accountable. As California continues to lead the nation in phasing out fossil fuels and tackling the climate crisis, this incident serves as a reminder of the urgent need to usher in a cleaner, greener future that preserves public health, the economy. and our environment. “

Governor Newsom at Bolsa Chica State Beach

Under the governor’s direction, the state deployed staff from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife’s spill prevention and response office and the governor’s emergency services office to incident command. in Long Beach to coordinate closely with the United States Coast Guard, local agencies and party officials on the response, clean-up and mitigation of the spill. Additionally, agencies across government are on the ground to actively support various elements of the response, including staff from California State Parks, California Volunteers, California State Lands Commission, CAL FIRE, and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. , among others.

Governor Newsom has made California a national leader in efforts to phase out the use of fossil fuels, fight the climate crisis, protect our environment, and support the health of every Californian. California has not granted new offshore leases for oil production for more than 50 years, and Governor Newsom has asked the California Air Resources Board to analyze ways to phase out oil extraction no later than in 2045. Under Governor Newsom, for the first time in state history, the number of permits to permanently and safely close wells far exceeds the number of permits for new wells in existing oil fields. In January 2019, just after taking office, Governor Newsom opposed the Trump administration’s proposal to expand oil and gas exploration and production off the coast of California. He urged the Home Office to remove California from further consideration of a new offshore oil and gas development and asked the Bureau of Land Management to suspend its proposal to open new areas of public land. in California for the sale of oil and gas leases.