SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Aera Energy’s Joseph Cobb to California’s Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee.
Cobb, a 35-year-old resident of Bakersfield, is currently Aera’s spill and emergency response coordinator – a position he has held since 2014. From 2010 to 2014, Cobb worked as a health and safety specialist. Before coming to Aera, he was a paramedic with an ambulance company from 2005 to 2009.
“He’s the right person for the job,” said Scott Corby, Aera’s vice president of environmental health and safety. “He will represent the industry well on this committee.”
The Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee is part of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and consists of 14 members. Eight of those members are appointed by the governor, while three are appointed by the speaker of the assembly and three by the Senate Committee of Rules.
Cobb is the lone representative on the committee from the oil production industry. The committee provides recommendations on spill management and response for various state agencies, including the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Public Utilities Commission.