California Secures Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Southern California Oil Spill

Sacremento, CA–Working to support the business community impacted by the oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved federal disaster assistance for businesses in the region.

The SBA Administrator has declared Orange County a disaster area, which makes available disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans. The declaration includes Orange County and the adjacent counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

California has not granted new offshore leases for oil production in over 50 years.  Last week, Governor Newsom announced that CalGEM released a proposed regulation that would prohibit new wells and facilities within a 3,200-foot setback from homes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other sensitive locations.