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PRC Sec 8780-8789 OIL TRANSFER AND TRANSPORTATION EMISSION AND RISK REDUCTION ACT OF 2002
PUBLIC RESOURCES CODE
8780. This division shall be known and may be cited as the Oil
Transfer and Transportation Emission and Risk Reduction Act of 2002.
8781. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Thirty years ago the people of California passed the
California Coastal Zone and Conservation Act of 1972 after a
disastrous oil spill that affected hundreds of miles of coast and
severely affected the coastal economy.
(b) A clean and healthy coastal environment is critical to
maintaining a vibrant coastal economy, including opportunities for
sustainable fisheries, flourishing tourism, and healthy recreation.
(c) The coastal communities contribute billions of dollars and
hundreds of thousands of jobs to the state economy.
(d) Much of the oil extracted off California's coast is highly
viscous, the refining of which results in heavy byproducts such as
fuel oil and coke, which tend to be shipped to overseas markets. The
storage and shipment of such byproducts will also have air quality
(e) There is significant internal shipment of oil by vessel
between the San Francisco Bay area and the Los Angeles area.
(f) Although vessels transporting oil are eventually required to
be double hulled, this will not be completed until January 1, 2015.
(g) The thousands of sea birds that have been injured or killed in
2001 and 2002 by oil leaking from a freighter that sank off
California's coast in 1953 are a strong reminder of the serious
consequences of vessel mishaps.
(h) One of the results of vessel traffic along the central coast
and into the ports of the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas is tons
of oxides of nitrogen emitted into the air each day, which could
negate efforts made on land to meet federal ozone standards and other
public health air quality goals.
(i) Current, accessible and accurate data regarding oil
transportation is critical to having adequate information of the
potential environmental quality, public health, and environmental
justice consequences that must be analyzed by state and local
agencies for environmental impact reports and statements, emergency
response planning, permit issuance, and air quality mitigation
(j) Tracking trends in internal shipment of oil is necessary to
promote public safety, health, and welfare, and to protect public and
private property, wildlife, marine fisheries, and other ocean
resources, and the natural environment in order to protect and to
preserve the ecological balance of California's coastal zone, coastal
waters, and coastal economy.
8782. Unless the context requires otherwise, the following
definitions govern the construction of this division:
(a) "Administrator" means the administrator for oil spill response
appointed by the Governor under Section 8670.4 of the Government
(b) "Barge" means any vessel that carries oil in commercial
quantities as cargo but is not equipped with a means of
(c) "Commission" means the State Lands Commission.
(d) "Internal shipment of oil" means the loading, transporting by
vessel, and offloading of oil that originates and terminates at the
San Francisco Bay area and the Los Angeles and Long Beach area, or
points in between. Internal shipment of oil does not include
lightering, as defined in paragraph (4) of subdivision (l) of Section
790 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations.
(e) "Marine facility" means any facility of any kind, other than a
vessel, that is or was used for the purpose of exploring for,
drilling for, producing, storing, handling, transferring, processing,
refining, or transporting oil and is located in marine waters, or is
located where a discharge could impact marine waters, unless the
facility (1) is subject to Chapter 6.67 (commencing with Section
25270) or Chapter 6.75 (commencing with Section 25299.10) of Division
20 of the Health and Safety Code or (2) is placed on a farm,
nursery, logging site, or construction site and does not exceed
20,000 gallons in a single storage tank. A drill ship,
semisubmersible drilling platform, jack-up type drilling rig, or any
other floating or temporary drilling platform is a "marine facility."
A small craft refueling dock is not a "marine facility."
(f) "Marine terminal" means any facility used for transferring oil
to or from tankers or barges. A marine terminal includes all piping
not integrally connected to a tank facility as defined in
subdivision (k) of Section 25270.2 of the Health and Safety Code.
(g) "Oil" means any kind of petroleum, liquid hydrocarbons, or
petroleum products or any fraction or residues therefrom, including,
but not limited to, crude oil, bunker fuel, gasoline, diesel fuel,
aviation fuel, oil sludge, oil refuse, oil mixed with waste, and
liquid distillates from unprocessed natural gas.
(h) "Operator," when used in connection with a vessel means any
person or entity that owns, has an ownership interest in, charters,
leases, rents, operates, participates in the operation of, or uses,
(i) "Person" means an individual, trust, firm, joint stock
company, or corporation, including, but not limited to, a government
corporation, partnership, or association. "Person" also includes any
city, county, city and county, district, commission, the state or
any department, agency, or political subdivision thereof, and the
federal government or any department or agency thereof to the extent
permitted by law.
(j) "Responsible party" or "party responsible" means the
"Responsible party" or "Party responsible" means the owner of the oil
or a person or entity who accepts responsibility for the oil for
purposes of this division.
(k) "Tanker" means any self-propelled, waterborne vessel,
constructed or adapted for the carriage of oil in bulk or in
commercial quantities as cargo.
(l) "Vessel" means a tanker or barge as defined in this section.
8783. (a) The commission shall develop a form that is to be
completed by the responsible party engaged in the internal shipment
of oil. The form shall be known as the "Oil Transfer and
Transportation Emission and Risk Reduction Form." The form shall be
designed to enable the commission to obtain and track the amount and
type of oil transported, as well as the name of the vessel, the
vessel's route, and air emissions relating to the internal shipment
of that oil.
(b) The form shall contain, but need not be limited to, all of the
(1) The name, address, point of contact, and telephone number of
the responsible party.
(2) The name of the vessel transporting the oil.
(3) The type and amount of oil being transported.
(4) The source of crude oil.
(5) The name and location of any terminal that loaded the vessel.
(6) The name and location of any terminal that discharged the
tanker or barge.
(7) The dates of travel and the route.
(8) The type of engine and fuel used to power the tanker or
(9) The estimated amount and type of air emissions. To the extent
practicable, the emissions factors developed by the United States
Environmental Protection Agency shall be used to estimate the amount
of air emissions. The form shall be designed to ensure that charter
vessel air emissions are not counted more than once.
(10) An indication of whether the reason for the internal shipping
of oil was due to a temporary shutdown or partial shutdown of a key
(11) On and after January 1, 2004, if Division 36 (commencing with
Section 71200) is repealed pursuant to Section 71271, the amount of
any ballast discharge and the location of the discharge.
(c) The form shall be filed with the commission on a quarterly
basis by the responsible party engaged in the internal shipment of
oil for the activities of the preceding quarter.
(d) In developing the form and the reporting process, the
commission shall consult with the interested parties including
operators, responsible parties, and the International Maritime
8784. (a) On or before April 1 of each year, for the calendar years
2004 to 2009, inclusive, the commission shall file a report with the
Legislature summarizing the information and including all of the
(1) A description of any trends in the total number of trips by
oil type, amount of shipment, and source of oil.
(2) The number of transfers due to refinery shutdowns.
(3) The location of air emissions and ballast discharge, and the
type of vessel used during those events.
(4) A discussion of any other pertinent issues that the commission
determines should be included.
(b) The commission shall transmit a copy of the report to any
interested agency or member of the public, upon request.
8785. The commission shall consult with the administrator, other
state agencies, and agencies of the federal government, including,
but not limited to, the United States Coast Guard and the federal
Department of Transportation, to the maximum extent feasible, before
undertaking actions under this division.
8786. The administrator shall reimburse the commission for the
costs of administering this division from the Oil Spill Prevention
and Administration Fund, pursuant to paragraph (8) of subdivision (e)
of Section 8670.40 of the Government Code.
8787. This division applies to all terminals, pipelines, vessels,
and activities in the state, whether on lands that have been granted
by the Legislature to local governments or on lands that remain
8788. Any information collected under this division for the purpose
of explaining why oil was transferred shall be kept confidential and
reported only in the aggregate by the commission, in a manner that
protects the competitive nature of the information.
8789. This division shall remain in effect only until January 1,
2010, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted
statute, which is enacted before January 1, 2010, deletes or extends