Statement by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on the Carson Refinery Fire

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“Yesterday’s refinery fire in Carson is a serious reminder of the importance of proactive enforcement and monitoring of oil and gas facilities. That is why in 2016, I insisted that the County of Los Angeles set up a “Strike Team” to take a deep dive into the operations of all oil and gas facilities in the unincorporated areas.

“We are laser-focused on making sure all facilities operate in conformance with all local, state and federal regulations and requirements, with the singular objective of protecting public health and safety of workers and our community members.”