Senator Dave Min's Statement on Criminal Charges Filed by the California Attorney General Against Orange County Oil Spill Polluters
ORANGE COUNTY, CA —Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Rob Bonta and District Attorney Todd Spitzer’s announcement that criminal charges have been filed against Amplify Energy Beta Operating Company, and San Pedro Bay Pipeline for their actions relating to the Orange County oil spill which leaked nearly 25,000 gallons of crude oil from a pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach.
“I’d like to thank Attorney General Bonta and District Attorney Spitzer for their leadership. Today’s announcement gets us closer to justice and accountability for all those impacted by last year’s devastating oil spill which shutdown beaches and businesses for millions of Californians. As we just learned, this is a history making misdemeanor charge and the largest of its kind in Orange County. We cannot and will not rest until offshoring drilling, and the criminal conduct that led to last year’s spill, no longer threaten our way of life.”
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Senator Min represents California State Senate District 37, which is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park.