California is facing a monumental challenge as it faces a drought many are warning could be one of the worst on record. Governor Brown’s executive order from last week puts all citizens and businesses on notice to begin looking for ways to reduce their water consumption if they haven’t already done so.
The Western States Petroleum Association and its members have joined a number of business and community groups in opposition to Senate Bill 350, a bill that proposes a 50 percent reduction in gasoline and diesel use by 2030. In the absence of available and affordable alternatives, we believe such a step would have a drastic and devastating impact on California’s economy, businesses, and families statewide.
WSPA recently joined member companies, BNSF Railways, Union Pacific Railroad, the American Chemistry Council, and emergency first responders for a day at the California State Railroad Museum to discuss the safe transport of hazardous materials and the programs and capabilities on hand to effectively prevent and manage emergency incidents.
On the evening of Thursday, March 9, the California State Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee joined the Senate Environmental Quality Committee for a joint hearing in Torrance, CA to review the recent ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery incident and response.
Thursday, the Los Angeles Times published an article about a number of sumps – or ponds – that exist in oil production regions in the lower San Joaquin Valley. It’s an important issue but certainly not the scandal portrayed in the Time’s inaccurate report.