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Oil Spill Area Contingency Plan

The Energy Division and the Fire Department - Office of Emergency Services serve on the Los Angeles / Long Beach (Northern Sector) Area Committee. There are seven Area Committees along coastal California, and each Area Committee is responsible for oil spill response and preparedness planning within a specific geographic area. The LA/LB North Area Committee includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. The Area Committees are each chaired by a U.S. Coast Guard representative and include oil spill response representatives from Federal, State, and local government agencies. The State Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is the lead non-federal agency.

The LA/LB North Area Committee developed a site-specific oil spill response plan called the Area Contingency Plan. The plan provides clear directives on oil spill response, including the organization of incident command, planning and response roles and responsibilities, response strategies, and logistics. In addition, site-specific response plans are described for various coastal segments where there are species and other resources of concern. Each of the seven Area Contingency Plans are updated annually, so that the plans are current and accurate.

The Energy Division has assisted in recent updates to the section of the plan that contains site summary and strategy sheets for the Santa Barbara County coastline. These are the sheets that provide site-specific information on resources of concern, local contacts, access to sites, and containment strategies. The Energy Division has also participated on the Dispersant Use Subcommittee, which is delineating areas where local experts or the Regional Response Team should be consulted before using dispersants to break up a marine oil spill.

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