February 17, 2017 marked the deadline by which legislators had to introduce bills for the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. The Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been and will continue to monitor bills throughout the current two-year session and will provide periodic updates as to the status of those bills. Below is the current status and summary of some of the bills Stoel Rives is monitoring.
Please also reference our Renewable + Law post summarizing bills related to energy law here.
AB 55 (Thurmond, D): Refineries: turnarounds
STATUS: Introduced December 5, 2016; referred to Committee on Labor & Employment on January 19, 2017
The California Refinery and Chemical Plant Worker Safety Act of 1990 requires every petroleum refinery employer to submit to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health a full schedule for the following calendar year of planned turnaround every September 15th. The employer is also required, upon the request of the division, to provide the division with specified documentation relating to a planned turnaround within a certain period of time. This bill would require the documents to be provided to the division upon request also include all documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance with the above-described skilled and trained workforce requirements. A violation of the bill’s requirements would be a crime.