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SB 1739: Oil Spill Contingency Plan (2008)


Senate Bill 1739 (2008):

  • Ensures that training and drills on oil spill contingency plans are not limited to vessels, but also apply to marine facilities, small marine fueling facilities, and mobile transfer units;
  • Requires, rather than authorizes, oil spill response organizations (OSROs) to demonstrate that required response resources can be deployed for an oil spill;
  • Requires, rather than authorizes, unannounced drills before being granted a renewal of a rating to respond to an oil spill – and prior to reinstatement of a revoked or suspended rating;
  • Clarifies that if an oil spill response or a federal unannounced drill is substituted for a state unannounced drill, that response or drill must have occurred in the past three years (which conforms to the three-year OSRO rating period); and
  • Provides for an independent oil spill drill monitor if the Office of Spill Prevention and Response administrator, U.S. Coast Guard, or other qualified public agency cannot attend a drill held outside the state.

After this bill passed the Legislature, Senator Simitian sent a letter to the Governor urging his signature on this bill.


For more information, you can read the SB 1739 "Fact Sheet" prepared by a member of Senator Simitian's staff.

Final Status and Text

SB 1739 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Signed into Law

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

News & Press Releases about SB 1739

08/25/2010 - Simitian Welcomes EPA's 'No Discharge' Ruling for Ships

09/29/2008 - Governor Signs Simitian Oil Spill Prevention Legislation