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Governor Signs Bill By Santa Barbara State Senator To Assess Oil, Gas Facility Decommissioning Costs

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The Governor signed into law a bill by a Santa Barbara legislator to come up with a price tag for the taxpayers end of shutting down the state’s oil and gas infrastructure. SB 551 directs California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to develop a plan for assessing the cost of the shutdown and cleanup of facilities in state regulated areas.

The legislation was authored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara. Oil and gas companies are expected to bear most of the costs.

But, Jackson says there are instances like Platform Holly, where a company’s bankruptcy has stuck the state with the cost of removing the oil drilling rig off the coast of Goleta.

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.