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County supervisors seek more local control in response to oil spill

July 20, 2016

Ventura County Star

July 19, 2016

by Kathleen Wilson

A county board asked Tuesday for an analysis of the system for responding to oil spills, citing concerns over decisions that followed a 45,000-gallon spill in Ventura late last month.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors asked county managers to study how local agencies could take a bigger role in light of issues arising over the performance of a unified command that responded to the June 23 leak from an oil pipeline into Prince Barranca and Hall Canyon.

Under state law, the decision-making power in that command rests in the hands of state and federal regulators and the party responsible for the spill. Local agencies have only a supporting role.

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