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Governor Signs Bills in Aftermath of Santa Barbara Oil Spill

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed three oil spill protection bills, months after a pipeline leaked more than 100,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast.

The governor says he signed the bills Thursday to protect the state’s unique landscape.

One measure calls for pipeline operators to use the best spill control technology. Another requires annual pipeline inspections and the third requires regulators to notify the state Legislature if caustic chemicals are used in a cleanup and how effective they were.

The bills were introduced after the Plains All American Pipeline ruptured underground in May, sending oil onto a beach and into the ocean.

The oil spread more than 100 miles and forced beach closures. It’s blamed for killing hundreds of birds and marine mammals.