SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers are forming a special legislative committee to investigate the state's largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

It's the latest government response to a pipeline breach near Santa Barbara in May that caused 101,000 gallons of oil to blacken beaches and create an ocean slick.

Lawmakers on Tuesday announced a Select Committee on the Refugio Oil Spill will hold hearings to investigate how to avert similar incidents.

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Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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