Excerpted from the LA Times
By Anita Chabria, Hannah Fry, Connor Sheets, Jacyln Cosgrove, Anh Do
There are growing questions about how the first hours of the Orange County oil spill were handled, with new information showing officials first learned a slick was likely Friday night. It would not be until the following evening that officials told the public the leak was grave and about to hit local beaches.
Local officials are demanding a full accounting about when authorities learned of oil in the water and what they did about it, and many state legislators are already planning oversight hearings when they reconvene.
“We have got to get to the bottom of this and I have already had conversations with some of my colleagues at the state level,” said Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach). “I have a number of questions.”