Urge California Senators and Assembly Members to adopt a budget for inland oil spills in California!

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Inland waterways, habitats, farms, and towns need protection from oil spills.

The creation of OSPR in 1991 by the Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act Act of 1990 was mainly in response to the disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989. OSPR's focus was to ensure that California avoided a large oil spill in marine waters and be better prepared for a spill, due to the massive and long-lasting devastation to ocean habitats. This proposed expansion of OSPR's regulatory and response ability does not diminish the marine program that currently regulates and responds to ocean spills.  This is a critical expansion of OSPR's authority and ability to address a new threat of oil spills from the increased oil transport over land into California.

Rail shipments of oil, including Canadian Tar Sands and North Dakota Bakken oil, have dramatically increased from over 45,000 barrels in 2009 to almost 6.3 million barrels in 2013 (California Energy Commission). That's 138 times as much oil coming into California by rail in just 4 years!  Further increases are predicted in the next few years.  Right now, the State of California does not have an official program to respond to an inland oil spill.

Much of this increased transport of oil into California is a product of fracking the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, and the crude is typically more flammable than most conventional varieties; thus its transport significantly increases the risk of serious accidents.  We have already witnessed trains carrying large amounts of crude oil from North Dakota crashing, derailing, exploding, and spilling, such as the Lac-Megantic, Quebec incident in July 2013 that killed over 40 people and decimated half the town.

Each train car carries about 30,000 gallons of crude, and many of the cars were originally designed for liquids like vegetable oil, not flammable Bakken crude.  California's rivers, streams, creeks, lakes, wetlands, and nearby towns cannot afford a large spill from a train carrying over a million gallons of oil. 

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