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Santa Barbara Congresswoman Co-authors New Bill Aimed At Oil Pipeline Safety

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May, 2015 pipeline rupture at Refugio State Beach spills more 140,000 gallons of oil

A Santa Barbara congresswoman has joined five other legislators in co-authoring a bill intended to make a federal agency responsible for lapses in pipeline safety oversight.

HR 5443 would set the stage for communities to sue the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration if the agency fails to do its job properly. The new bill comes on top of another package of legislation intended to improve PHMSA in the wake of last year’s pipeline rupture, and 140,000 gallon oil spill in Santa Barbara County.

Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara has pushed both legislative efforts to try to improve oil and gas pipeline oversight.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.