Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter
Published: Monday, April 14, 2014
Companies involved in offshore oil drilling in federal waters along California's coast should voluntarily test for chemical leaks and release the information, a state lawmaker said Friday.
Providing water quality data would bolster people's faith that oil companies want to prevent pollution, Assembly member Das Williams (D) told industry representatives at an Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection hearing in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The public turned out in force Friday morning, packing Santa Barbara County's Board of Supervisors hearing room to speak out on local hydraulic fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry.
Assemblymen Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, and Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, both members of the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection, hosted the informational hearing about offshore fracking.
An informational hearing on oversight and regulation of oil and gas well stimulation techniques along California’s coastline
Assemblymember Das Williams and others hosted this informational hearing about offshore oil and gas fracking along the California coast. Please watch this video to learn more about the current oversight and regulations in California and federal waters.
Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) says the hearing has been scheduled because off shore oil fracking has been happening without any state oversight. (:18)
Assemblymember Williams says current fracking operations are discharging pollutants into the ocean. (:17)
Assemblymember Williams says the hearing will allow lawmakers to hear from the local groups who have been tracking the fracking. (:15)
Assemblymember Williams says fracking should be restricted until proper safety and environmental protections are in place. (:05)
Assemblymember Williams explains why this issue is so important to the people in Ventura and Santa Barbara. (:29)
VENTURA - Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) hosted a workshop on prescription drug abuse in Ventura on Saturday April 5th from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. The workshop focused on the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, prevention, and services available to people caught cycle of abuse.
Community Open House for new Franklin Service Center this weekend
SANTA BARBARA — Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and Franklin Elementary School hosted a community open house this Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM to introduce the community to the new Franklin Service Center. The Franklin Service Center includes organizations that have long-served the Eastside community as well as new services that will be located at Franklin Elementary School.
(Ventura, CA) -- Californians and Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) marked Ocean Day on March 24th as a day to consider how our oceans make California a great place to live and also fuel our economy. Assemblymember Williams' 37th Assembly District has some of the best coastline in California. In this Assembly Access video Assemblymember Williams talks about the importance of our ocean and ways for Californians to celebrate Ocean Day.