Oil Spill Bill Stalled in Senate, for Now
Polluter Accountability Delayed for Gulf Disaster and Michigan Spill
WASHINGTON, DC (August 3, 2010) – The U.S. Senate today deferred a vote on the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act, suggesting that it may consider the legislation after the August recess.
Corry Westbrook, the National Wildlife Federation's legislative director, said:
"Here we go again with another energy bill stalled in the Senate.
"While it's disappointing that polluter accountability will have to wait until September, it is critical that the Senate get this right and create a cleaner, safer energy future for our children.
"No less than 31 Senate hearings on the Gulf disaster have pointed to an urgent need for lawmakers to start standing up for the people and to stop protecting polluters."
Karla Raettig, the National Wildlife Federation's National Campaign Director for Coastal Louisiana, said:
"When the Senate resumes its business in September, sufficient investments for coastal restoration must be included in its plan to deal with the Gulf disaster.
"Our communities deserve nothing less: fishing and tourism businesses that have lost millions of dollars, workers who lost their lives or were injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and the volunteers who were sickened by chemical dispersants."
The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.