Speaker Rendon Announces Formation of Select Committee on Orange County Oil Spill

SACRAMENTO—California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D- Lakewood) today announced the formation of a Select Committee on the Orange County Oil Spill for the 2021-22 Legislative Session. This select committee will be chaired by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), who requested the committee’s formation.

The Select Committee on the Orange County Oil Spill will hold hearings to focus on the causes and potential lapses that led to the oil spill, as well as the spill’s impact on the environment and surrounding communities. The committee will also discuss any potential updates to state laws and regulations, and work to ensure those responsible for the spill are held accountable.

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon visits Huntington Beach. Photo by Keyang Pang

“Oversight is one of the key functions of the Assembly. This spill demands that we step up and exercise that role. I look to Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris to guide the work of this committee to generate the results we need. Our future policies on oil extraction must require safety and environmental protection of Californians at the coast and inland,” said Speaker Rendon.

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon visits Huntington Beach. Photo by Keyang Pang

“I want to thank Speaker Rendon for appointing me Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Orange County Oil Spill,” said Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris. “The committee will focus on getting answers to the many questions surrounding this disaster, the lessons we must learn and the changes we must implement to ensure that this does not happen again on our watch.”

Additional members of this select committee will be announced in the coming days.

An clean up crew near Huntington Beach. Photo by Keyang Pang

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