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Oil-Transport Bill Goes to State Senate

May 21, 1999

A bill that would prohibit oil companies from using tankers to transport oil in California's coastal waters is headed to the state Senate for consideration now that the Assembly has approved the measure by a 43-26 vote. The bill by Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would require companies to move oil by pipeline.

The Coastal Commission has said moving oil through pipelines is safer for the environment. But opponents of the bill said the state cannot make oil transportation completely safe and that such efforts would amount to futile micromanaging.

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