The Commission issues leases for offshore oil production facilities within three nautical miles of the coast, including oil-producing islands and offshore platforms. The Commission also regulates every marine oil terminal in California. Both functions form the Commission’s oil spill prevention program, which is designed to provide the best achievable protection of public health, safety, and the environment and to prevent an oil spill in state waters. The Commission’s prevention program has successfully limited the number and severity of oil spills in state waters. This is a testament to the commitment and dedication to safety by our lessees and our staff. The Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1990 covers all aspects of marine oil spill prevention and response and divides enforcement between the Commission and the Office of Spill Prevention and Response, a division of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Commission is responsible for the prevention aspects of the program.
Who to call if you see a spill
State – California State Warning Center – .800.852.7550 or 916.845.8911
Federal – National Response Center – 800.424.8802 or 202.267.2675
Local Government – 911 or other designated local number
Marine Oil Terminals
The Marine Environmental Protection Division operates a marine oil terminal monitoring and inspection program, with responsibility divided between its field offices in Hercules (Northern California) and Long Beach (Southern California). Every day, nearly two million barrels of oil are transferred over water through pipelines between ship and shore at California’s marine oil terminals. Our professional safety staff inspect marine oil terminal transfer operations daily at 34 sites along the coast, and inspect activities and enforce regulatory requirements. Inspections include observing and assessing oil transfers to and from tankers and barges at marine oil terminals.
Annual Spot Inspections
Monitoring Priority System
Operations Manual Review
Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards (MOTEMS)
Oil Spill Contingency Plans
Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities
Platform Inspection Program
Safety Audit Program
Oil Spill Contingency Plans
Operation Manual Review
Oil Spill Prevention, Technical Advisory Committee, and Safety Audit Reports
Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee
Oil Spill Prevention Program
- Aera Onshore, Offshore – Aera Energy LLC, Oil Company
- Ellwood Onshore Facility – Venoco, Inc.
- Fort Apache – Dos Cuadras Offshore Resources (DCOR)
- Huntington Beach Onshore – California Resources Corp., SoCal Holding LLC
- LBU – Oxy Long Beach, Inc. (OLBI)
- McGrath PRC 735 and 3314 – Venoco, Inc.
- Platform Emmy – California Resources Corp., SoCal Holding LLC
- Platform Esther – Dos Cuadras Offshore Resources (DCOR)
- Platform Eva – Dos Cuadras Offshore Resources (DCOR)
- Platform Holly – Venoco, Inc.
- Rincon Island Limited Partnership