The May 19, 2015 pipeline incident at Refugio Beach in Santa Barbara County spilled over 100,000 gallons of crude oil and impacted over 25 miles of coastline and ocean water. The impacts from the spill were devastating, both environmentally and economically. As a result, Assembly Bill 864 (Williams, Chapter 592, Statute of 2015) mandates the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) to develop regulations requiring the use of best available technology on new, replacement, or retrofitted pipelines near environmentally and ecologically sensitive areas in the coastal zone (Title 5, California Government Code 51013.1).
The OSFM noticed draft regulations to implement the requirements of AB 864 on February 5, 2019. The proposed regulations are not yet final. Additional rule making information can be found on the OSFM website under the Code Development and Analysis Division’s Current Rulemaking Activities section. The following link will redirect you to the OSFM Title 19 Regulations Development webpage: https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/divisions/code-development-and-analysis/title-19-development/. Follow the drop-down menu titled “PLS Intrastate Hazardous Liquids Pipelines – Best Available Technology” to draft regulation materials.