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Who's Watching the Oil Industry in Los Angeles?

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The legendary oil spill disaster in the Gulf Coast this April had people all over the world wondering what went wrong. And now a general consensus has determined it was a combination of BP cutting corners and a lack of governmental regulations. But with all eyes on the gulf coast some feel we now need to look back to our own waters and wonder what is going on here in the Los Angeles region. What needs to be done to prevent any more damage to our waters?A couple different state agencies play a role in monitoring and regulating drilling operations in California and off our coasts. The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) oversees drilling permits to rework, plug, or expand oil wells while the California State Land Commission (CSLC) deals with oil spill prevention and is responsible for monitoring the marine oil facilities both onshore and offshore. The Marine Facilities Division (MFD) has the specific job of regulating the safe and pollution-free transfer of oil between tank vessels and facilities.