ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley released a statement following the announcement that the Chevron Corporation agreed to pay a $1.25 million settlement to the County of Orange, who filed a lawsuit after Chevron's abandoned pipe leaked oil into the Talbert Flood Channel.
“The $1.25 million settlement will reimburse the taxpayers for the Talbert Flood Channel oil leak,” said Supervisor Foley. “This settlement reflects Chevron taking responsibility for the abandoned pipeline. As the County continues to move forward, I remain committed to protecting our environment, wildlife, and coastal economy.”
In October 2022, a contractor struck Chevron’s abandoned pipe, requiring the County to contain the spill and monitor the channel. Following these efforts, the Board of Supervisors voted to pursue litigation against Chevron for reimbursement. The County estimated response costs totaling $1.8 million. Litigation continues as to other responsible parties.
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2022 to represent the newly established District 5, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, a large portion of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel. This is her second term on the Board of Supervisors, where she previously served District 2.
Supervisor Foley’s Board appointments include the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), OCFA Legislation & Public Affairs Committee Chair, Orange County Transportation Authority, Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA), TCA Joint Environmental Committee, Coastal Greenbelt Authority, Newport Bay and South Orange County Watershed Executive Committees, Ocean Institute, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Community Engagement Panel, Spent Fuel Solutions Coalition Co-Chair, Law Library Board of Trustees, Orange County Housing Finance Trust, Local Agency Formation Commission (alt), Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and OC Public Libraries Advisory Board.