The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster devastated the Gulf Coast economy and claimed the lives of 11 workers and scores of animals, including threatened and endangered sea turtles, brown pelicans and dolphins. The long-term ecological impacts of the disaster may not be known for years.
The “Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling” has presented the results of its comprehensive, nonpartisan investigation of this environmental disaster, and revealed systemic and industry-wide missteps and safety lapses that could lead to another catastrophe.
Congress has yet to act in response to this disaster.
You can help: urge your representative and senators to take action now to ensure that this risky industry operates in our national interest and accepts full financial liability for its mistakes.
As a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife, a constituent and someone who cares about our environment, I strongly encourage you to do everything in your power to pass legislation to improve offshore drilling safety and prevent future oil spills.
On January 11, 2011, the "Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling" presented the results of its comprehensive, nonpartisan investigation of the worst environmental disaster in American history, revealing systemic and industry-wide missteps and safety lapses that could lead to another catastrophe.
The commission's well-researched findings chronicle the shortcuts and flawed drilling industry practices that led to the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil disaster... and even now threaten other coasts.
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 safe.
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