Congresswoman Hahn Statement Regarding Wilmington Oil Spill Incident

Mar 18, 2014 Issues: Environment, Health

Wilmington, CA - Today, Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) issued the following statement expressing her concern for the residents of Wilmington due to the recent oil spill incident: 

“This morning, a residential street in Wilmington, CA was closed off due to an oil spill from a broken pipeline. Upon learning about this incident this morning, I immediately went to the site to examine the incident and to speak with crew members on the dangers and sources of the oil spill. I am very concerned for the safety and well-being of the residents of Wilmington. The harsh, crude oil smell is not only horrible, but can also be potentially harmful to the neighborhood residents and environment.

“Although the local authorities say that this incident will not pose a risk, we want to make sure that the residents of Wilmington are safe. I have been informed by the crews on site that the oil has not leaked into groundwater or any local water sources, and that yesterday’s earthquake may be a potential cause of the oil leakage.

“As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, I plan to make this oil spill incident a priority. I have already reached out to the subcommittee to find out what federal actions we can take to ensure that an incident like this will not happen again, and that there is proper oversight with our nation’s pipelines. We have to protect the residents of Wilmington and the environment from the risks of hazardous materials transportation.”