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Protecting Wildlife and Nature

AB 2609 — Oil: facility response plan. by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris of Laguna Beach with Assembly Bill 2609.

Status

Assembly Natural Resources Committee

Our Position

Support

Current federal law requires oil facilities to prepare a plan for how they will respond in the event of an oil spill. This legislation requires oil facilities to give the State Land Commission this plan and allows them to hold public comment. 

Position Statement

Beaches in Orange County were devastated in October 2021 by a 126,000-gallon oil spill from a broken pipeline that created a 13-mile-long oil slick. This legislation ensures Californians have a seat at the table to receive and review these necessary plans to make certain oil facilities are prepared in the unfortunate event of an oil spill. California State Parks Foundation supports this legislation because it protects wildlife and nature for future generations. 

AB 2146 — Neonicotinoid pesticides: prohibited nonagricultural use by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan of Orinda

Status

Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials

Our Position

Support

This legislation protects pollinators, like western monarchs, by banning five key neonicotinoid pesticides from use in most non-agricultural settings. 

Position Statement

In the 1980s, an estimated 4.5 million monarch butterflies migrated to the coast annually. But in both 2018 and 2019, volunteers counted under 30,000 monarchs — less than 1% of the population’s historic size. In a recent study of more than 200 samples of milkweed, the exclusive food of monarch caterpillars, 32% had lethal levels of neonaticide pesticides. California State Parks Foundation supports this legislation because protecting our pollinators will protects wildlife and nature for future generations.