For Immediate Release

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Kelly Trout, 202-222-0722, ktrout@foe.org;
Nick Berning, 202-222-0748, nberning@foe.org

Oil Spill Commission Report Indicates Drilling Risk Remains; Congressional Action Is Urgently Needed

WASHINGTON - A presidential panel charged with investigating the causes of last
year’s Gulf oil spill released its conclusions today. Friends of the
Earth’s president, Erich Pica, had the following response:

“The commission’s sobering conclusion is that we remain in danger of
more devastating spills from offshore oil. The problems that led to the
Gulf oil disaster have not been solved.

“In response to the commission’s findings, we reiterate our call for a
moratorium on all offshore drilling. And if such a moratorium is not
established, Congress must at a minimum implement safeguards to decrease
the risk of future spills. The liability cap that lets giant
corporations like BP avoid paying for damages that they cause must be
eliminated, and the Interior Department, which abdicated its regulatory
responsibilities, must be reformed.

“Ultimately, the commission’s findings underscore the fact that oil is
an inherently dirty and dangerous fuel. To safeguard our future, we must
hasten the transition to clean energy.”

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