For Immediate Release
Oil Spill Commission Final Report Outlines Industry-Wide Safety Lapses
Action on oil spill legislation needed in Congress
WASHINGTON - The following is a statement from Richard Charter, offshore drilling
expert and senior policy advisor for marine programs for Defenders of
“The well-researched findings issued today chronicle the shortcuts
and flawed drilling industry practices that led to the BP Deepwater
Horizon Gulf oil disaster and even now threaten other coasts. But a
report cannot, by itself, protect America’s shorelines and regional
economies from a repeat of the same disaster.
“Congress must now take legislative action to deal with the
persistent environmental and economic impacts of the tragic oil spill in
the Gulf of Mexico, and chart a responsible path focused on
alternatives to oil to keep America’s coasts and natural treasures
The “Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
and Offshore Drilling” today presented the results of its
comprehensive, nonpartisan investigation of the worst environmental
disaster in American history.
According to the report, the missteps and safety
lapses that precipitated the Deepwater Horizon blowout are systemic and
Congress has yet to take legislative action in
response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil disaster, to ensure that
this risky industry operates in the future in the context of our
national interest and accepts full financial liability for its mistakes.
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