CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON PETROLEUM SPILL ALONG SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST

May 28, 2015
Press Release

LOS ANGELES – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding the latest developments in the petroleum spill affecting the Southern California Coast.  The cause of the spill is currently undetermined.

“After visiting Manhattan Beach this morning, which had massive amounts of petroleum wash up yesterday along a stretch of our community’s coastline, I want to urge residents for public health reasons to stay away from the affected areas.  The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the beach from the El Segundo jetty south to the Torrance Redondo Beach border.   I want to thank the U.S. Coast Guard--the lead agency--and the city, county and state agencies for their rapid response to this spill.  It’s also important to note that the oil cleanup is being paid for by the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, a fact which underscores the necessity of these kinds of funds.  My staff and I will continue to monitor this situation closely.”

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