EAC received grant funding in 2015 to track coastal protection legislation in the California Capitol. Amy Trainer, EAC Executive Director, has been focused on tracking key environmental legislation throughout the year. With the support of our members, local community, and partner organizations EAC is committed to doing the tough policy and advocacy work necessary to preserve the uniquely special place that is West Marin!
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On October 8th, Governor Brown signed into law a package of three bills [SB 414, SB 295, and AB 864] that will provide a comprehensive approach to improving California’s oil spill prevention, preparedness and response system. EAC worked tirelessly in the Capitol this legislative session to ensure that these bills made it to the Governor’s desk, knowing that our coastal communities, their thriving economies, and the marine environment will significantly benefit from their improved safeguards to our ocean and coastal environment.
- California Coast Could Receive Greatly Improved Safety and Prevention Measures for Crude Oil Transport If Governor Brown Signs SB 414, SB 295, and AB 864 – by Amy Trainer, EAC Executive Director, September 15, 2015
A package of three bills that passed the Legislature this session will make significant advances in protecting our ocean, our coast, and the marine wildlife that call them home from accidents that result in spilled oil. California’s magnificent coast, and its thriving $40+ billion economy, deserve nothing less.
On May 19, 2015 disaster struck when a severely corroded onshore oil pipeline ruptured near Refugio Beach on the Santa Barbara County coastline and spilled over 140,000 gallons of oil onto the coast and into the ocean. The devastating impacts of the oil spill on our marine wildlife, our public beaches, state parks, and marine protected areas, our commercial fishermen and women, and on the summer tourism community were all entirely preventable. An annual inspection of this portion of Plains All American Pipeline Company’s intrastate oil pipeline would have revealed the substantial corrosion about to cause a structural failure, and the pipeline would have been shut down to be repaired. keep reading…
- Climate Coalition Calls on President Obama to Halt Fossil Fuel Leasing on Public Lands, Oceans. Hundreds of Organizations, Leaders Mobilize to Keep Publicly Owned Oil, Gas, Coal—and Up To Half of Potential Emissions from All Remaining U.S. Fossil Fuels—in the Ground. – For release September 14, 2015